This past weekend, on Oct. 7, the 2017 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 293 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus granted three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of homebrewers paired with professionals. As presented by the Brewers Association (BA), GABF ranks as the largest commercial beer competition in the world and the premier symbol of brewing excellence.
With that being said, let’s do a roll call to some of our local brewing greats that took home medals at this year’s event.
The following 2 breweries went home Double Winners:
- 2 medals for Iron Hill, Media, Pa. — Solzhenitsyn, silver; Russian Imperial Stout, silver (This marks Iron Hill’s 47th medal in 21 consecutive years. Damn!)
- 2 medals for Bonn Place Brewing, Bethlehem, Pa.— Nero (English-Style Mild Ale), bronze; Mooey (Special Bitter), silver
The following locals nabbed gold-medal status:
- Sly Fox Brewing Co., Pottstown, Pa. — Grisette Summer Ale, gold
- 2SP Brewing Co., Aston, Pa. — The Russian, gold
- Spellbound Brewing, Mount Holly, NJ — Porter Aged on Palo Santo Wood, gold
The following breweries grabbed silver medals:
- Yards Brewing Co., Philadelphia, Pa. — Extra Special Ale, silver
- Eight & Sand Beer Co., Woodbury, NJ — Bad Hombre (Chili Beer), silver
The following breweries nabbed bronze medals:
- Dock Street Brewing Co., Philadelphia, Pa. — Man Full of Trouble (Brown Porter), bronze
- Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Easton, Pa. — Reserve (American Wild Ale fermented on red raspberries), bronze
- Stickman Brews, Royersford, Pa. — Cousin Stoopid (Belgian Strong Ale), bronze
- Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co., Croydon, Pa. — Croydon is Burning (Rauchbier), bronze
- River Horse Brewing Co., Ewing Twp., NJ — Triple Horse, bronze
Full list of 2017’s winners here. Congrats to Philly’s well-deserving winners!
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