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Winners of the 2014 Great American Beer Festival


2014 Great American Beer Festival

Photo © Brewers Association

The 2014 Great American Beer Festival has officially come to a close. The event, which drew 49,000 beer lovers to Denver, Colorado, is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. The event, which is presented by the Brewers Association, awarded 268 medals to some of this country’s best breweries, as well as three medals to Pro-Am entries.

This year’s event saw its biggest judging panel, consisting of 222 beer experts from 10 countries evaluating 5,507 commercial entries, plus 89 Pro-Am entries, for a total of 90 beer categories and 145 beer styles. Entries increased by 16% over 2013 and entries were seen from 1,309 breweries nationwide.

Below are the 2014 Brewery and Brewer of the Year awards.

Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG)

Draught Works
Draught Works Brew Team

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by O-I

Marble Brewery
Team Marble

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Microstar Keg Management

Devils Backbone Brewing Co.—Outpost
DB Brewery Team

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Beer Institute

AC Golden
AC Golden Brewing Team

Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.

Bastone Brewery
Rockne Van Meter

Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG)

Brasserie Saint James
Josh Watterson & Matt Watterson

Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Country Malt Group

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Julian Shrago & Ian McCall

Per usual (and since 2002), American-Style India Pale Ale was the most entered category with 279 entries. Next on the list were Herb and Spice Beer (150 entries), American-Style Pale Ale (140 entries), American-Style Amber/Red Ale (140 entries), and Imperial India Pale Ale (135 entries).

The winners of those categories were:

1. American-Style India Pale Ale
Gold: Breakside Brewery, Breakside IPA
Silver: Half Acre Beer Co., Heyoka
Bronze: Columbus Brewing Co., Bodhi

2. Herb and Spice Beer
Gold: Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Basil Beer
Silver: 5 Stones Artisan Brewery, Aloha Piña
Bronze: Coastal Empire Beer Co., Dawn Patrol Breakfast Stout

3. American-Style Pale Ale
Gold: Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits–Scripps Ranch, Grunion
Silver: Peekskill Brewery, NYPA
Bronze: Tampa Bay Brewing Co., Reef Donkey APA

4. American-Style Amber/Red Ale
Gold: Canteen Brew House, Dougie Style Amber Ale
Silver: Capitol City Brewing Co., Amber Waves Ale
Bronze: Bootlegger’s Brewery, Rocco Red Ale

5. Imperial India Pale Ale
Gold: Columbus Brewing Co., Creeper
Silver: Port Brewing Co., Hop 15
Bronze: Russian River Brewing Co., Pliny the Elder

For a full list of winners, click here.


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