Ursa Minor Brewing Wins At GABF

The Ursa Minor Team Brings Home GABF Medal

It’s that time of year again – where the best of the best descend on Denver, Colorado to compete for the best beer in the nation. As a result, the craft beer industry sets the standard for their products by establishing the best examples of each beer style in the country.

With barely a year in operation, the hard working brew team at Ursa Minor Brewing brought home the bronze medal in the Scottish-Style Ale category this year for their Thistle Dew, a full bodied, amber colored ale with strong toffee and caramel flavors and subtle fruity notes.

“We are excited and honored to win this medal,” said Ursa co-founder, Ben Hugus. “Our brew crew, headed by my brother Mark, has been doing amazing things over the past year and it is incredible to see their efforts validated by such a prestigious award.”

Ursa Minor brewing opened their brewery in September 2018 and brewed over 79 different unique recipes in their first year. Their beer menu is always changing so stop in to see what’s on tap.

Ursa Minor Brewing Team

The fantastic Ursa Minor Brewing Team – great folks, great beer, great vibe. Image: Ursa Minor Brewing.

What is the Great American Beer Festival


The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the premier beer festival and commercial beer competition in the nation. The GABF was founded in 1982 and each year the GABF serves up the single largest collection of U.S. beer in a public beer festival and combines the event with a private beer competition. Basically, it’s the who’s who and what’s what of the commercial U.S. craft beer scene and the competition covers 107 beer categories across 174 recognized beer styles (including all subcategories).

In the 33rd edition of the GABF competition, 9,497 entries were submitted to the general competition, along with 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaboration entries. The beer was made by 2,295 breweries from across the nation, with entries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Judging took place over the course of three days, with an international panel of 322 judges from 18 countries.

“This year’s GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The beers and talent were as impressive as ever, and I’m thrilled to congratulate this year’s winners for their achievements in brewing.”

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