There have been a lot of changes made by the Brewers Association this year. At the beginning of the year, the BA announced changes they made to their designation of “small” in its definition of a “craft brewer” and just recently, the BA announced changes made to the Great American Beer Festival in that they’ve expanded their competition to include U.S. Territories. What was once strictly limited to the 50 states of the U.S., breweries located in the unincorporated, organized U.S. Territories of Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands will now be eligible to enter the GABF.
I think this is great and hopefully it will encourage brewers in those areas to step up and make a name for themselves. I’ll be watching closely and I can’t wait until one of them brings home a medal!