The 2013 Great American Beer Festival wrapped up Saturday, October 12, in Denver, Colorado, after 3 days of tasting and competition among the largest number and widest variety of hand-crafted products in the American beer industry. Put on by the Brewers Association every year since 1982, the Great American Beer Festival is the American brewing industry’s top public tasting opportunity and competition, and according to the Guinness Book of World Records®, there is no other place on earth where a beer aficionado can find more beers on tap.
This year, Hydro Flask was in attendance, showcasing our 64 oz Beer Growler in the newest color available, Copper Brown. Our 64 oz Beer Growler is the first insulated growler of its kind, and perfect for keeping your beer frosty cold.
A big part of the Festival is the beer competition, in which breweries enter their beers to be judged by a Professional Judge Panel for a specified style category. There are 75 beer-style categories, and the Professional Judge Panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals based on excellence in each category. Among the most coveted in the industry, these awards are not given lightly, and they are recognized around the world as a symbol of brewing excellence. The Award Criteria for Gold is: “A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.”
We are honored to announce that 15 of the Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winners are Hydro Flask customers. Additionally, Hydro Flask brewer ambassador Tonya Cornett was behind the 10 Barrel Brewing medal winner – Congrats Tonya! Here’s a shakedown of our customers who took home gold medals:
10 Barrel Brewing (Bend, OR) – German Sparkle Party Berliner Weiss (German-Style Sour Ale)
Bend Brewing Co. (Bend, OR) – Lovely (Aged Beer) and Ching Ching (American-Style Sour Ale)
Black Tooth Brewing Co. (Sheridan, WY) – Black Eagle Baltic Porter (Baltic-Style Porter)
Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, MO) – Love Child No. 3 (Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer)
Carver Brewing Co. (CO) – Munich Dunkel (European-Style Dunkel)
CB and Potts Restaurant and Brewery (Durango, CO) – Big Horn Hefeweizen (South German-Style Hefeweizen)
Devils Backbone Brewing Co. (Roseland, Virginia) – Old Virginia Dark (American-Style Dark Lager) and Azreal (Belgian- and French-Style Ale)
Great Divide Brewing Co. (Denver, CO) – Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (Chocolate Beer)
Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, CO) – Fade to Black Volume 1 (Foreign-Style Stout), Sawtooth Ale (Ordinary or Special Bitter) and Milk Stout (Sweet Stout or Cream Stout)
Lost Rhino Brewing Co. (Ashburn, VA) – Rhinofest (German-Style Märzen)
Ninkasi Brewing Co. (Eugene, OR) – Bohemian Pilsner (Bohemian-Style Pilsner)
Odell Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, CO) – 5 Barrel (Classic English-Style Pale Ale)
Piney River Brewing Co. (Bucyrus, MO) – Old Tom Porter (Brown Porter)
Rock Bottom Brewery (CO) – Moonlight Porter (Robust Porter)
Ska Brewing (Durango, CO) – True Blonde Ale (English-Style Summer Ale)
In addition, Devils Backbone Brewing Company won Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year, and Rock Bottom Brewery (Broomfield, CO) was awarded Brewpub Group and Brewpub Group Brewer of the Year.
Great job to everyone who participated in the Great American Beer Festival, and congratulations to all those who took home medals. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival!