Beer, brewers and breweries! Hold onto your hops, because The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) was held this past weekend in Denver, Colorado. Brewers from around the country gathered to enter their beers in 92 categories and host booths at what has become the biggest beer festival in the United States. With more than 1500 breweries in attendance, the competition was incredibly fierce. Brewers entered their best beers in a wide variety of categories in the hopes of winning a GABF medal, considered to be one of the highest honors in the industry.
One of the most exciting things about this year’s GABF is the fact that 15 San Diego breweries won medals. Even better, seven of the breweries that won medals are donating their beer to the SoNo Fest Beer Garden and we couldn’t be happier for them!
Gold Medal Winners
Rip Current Brewing – Break Line Bock
Green Flash Brewing Company – Le Freak, American Belgo-Style Ale
The Lost Abbey – Veritas 015, Wood and Barrel Aged Beer
Silver Medal Winners
Rip Current Brewing – Black Lagoon Scottish Strong, Scotch Ale
Bronze Medal Winners
Pizza Port Brewing (won four bronze medals in all!)
– Shark Bite Red, American Style Amber/Red Ale
– Guillaume, Session Ale
– Grambo, Double Red Ale
– Z-man Stout, Export Stout
Stone Brewing Company – Witty Moron, Other Belgian Style
Urbn St. Brewing – Saison, French/Belgian Style Saison
Ballast Point – Pale Ale with Serrano, Chile Beer
Rip Current also won Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Company Brewer of the Year. Congrats to Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe on this incredible win! So make sure you stop by the beer garden this year and imbibe in some award winning beer!