Area Winners at the Great American Beer Festival

Area Winners at the Great American Beer Festival

In case you were still wondering, here's a list of the local and regional brewers that medaled in last weekend's Great American Beer Festival. The 2015 GABF was held in Boulder, CO, under auspices of the Brewers Association, and saw 6,647 competition entries (20 percent more than in 2014) from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Medals were awarded to 242 brewers in 96 beer style categories. New categories for 2015 included Session India Pale Ale, Mixed Culture Brett (Sour) Beer, and Chili Pepper Beer. It's worth noting that no prizes were awarded for the Pumpkin Beer category.

Illinois Brewers

Medal Beer Name Brewery City Category
Silver Rock Out with Maibock Out Hailstorm Brewing Co. Tinley Park Bock
Bronze Purple Line Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. Evanston Fruit Wheat Beer
Bronze Take Back the Streets Piece Brewery Chicago Other Strong Beer
Bronze Dosvidanya DESTIHL - Champaign Champaign Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout

Piece has now won 14 medals, going back to 2002. This is the first medal and the first year of competition for Smylie Brothers and Hailstorm, and Destihl has previously won for its production brewery.

Wisconsin

Medal Beer Name Brewery City Category
Silver Long Goodbye Ahnapee Brewery Algoma Munich-Style Helles
Bronze Eastside Lakefront Brewery Milwaukee German-Style Schwarzbier
Bronze 2015 Golden Ale New Glarus Brewing Co. - Hilltop New Glarus Brett Beer
Gold The Big O O'so Brewing Plover American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast
Bronze A Cart Ride to Mexico Red Eye Brewing Co. Wausau Bock
Silver Johnny Blood Red Titletown Brewing Co. Green Bay Irish-Style Red Ale
Silver S.S.A. Titletown Brewing Co. Green Bay Smoke Beer
Bronze Scaredy Cat Vintage Brewing Co. Madison Oatmeal Stout

Michigan

Medal Beer Name Brewery City Category
Silver India Pale Ale Arcadia Brewing Co. Kalamazoo Classic English-Style Pale Ale
Gold reDANKulous Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids Imperial Red Ale
Silver Concrete Dinosaur Right Brain Brewery Traverse City Rye Beer
Silver Dubbel Entendre River's Edge Brewing Co. Milford Belgian-Style Dubbel or Quadruple
Bronze Rogue River Brown Rockford Brewing Co. Rockford English-Style Brown Ale
Silver Melt My Brain Short's Brewing Co. Elk Rapids Experimental Beer

Indiana

Medal Beer Name Brewery City Category
Gold Sanitarium Bier Brewery and Taproom Indianapolis Belgian-Style Dubbel or Quadruple
Silver Generation Alt Flix Brewhouse - Indy Carmel German-Style Altbier
Gold Auburn Lager Mad Anthony Brewing Co. Fort Wayne American-Style Amber Lager
Bronze Cherry Busey Sun King Brewing Co. Indianapolis Belgian-Style Fruit Beer
Gold Sunlight Cream Ale Sun King Brewing Co. Indianapolis Golden or Blonde Ale
Silver Batch 666: Sympathy For The Devil Sun King Brewing Co. Indianapolis Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Bronze Qualified Taxman Brewing Co. Bargersville Belgian-Style Dubbel or Quadruple
Gold Electric Stinger The Tap Beer Co. Bloomington Honey Beer
Bronze Hot for Teacher Ms. Doppelbock Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. Indianapolis German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
Silver Antonius 1742 Oktoberfest Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. Indianapolis German-Style Märzen

Sun King's three medals tied for the most medals won by an individual brewer. Also collecting three medals were Firestone Walker, Left Hand, and Port City of Alexandria, VA.

Others

Here are some other brewers familiar to the Chicago market who have also scored medals. Some of these winning beers may be brewpub or taproom only offerings, but there will be some familiar names.

Medal Beer Name Brewery City State Category
Silver MCA 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe San Francisco CA Session Beer
Bronze Ballast Point Pale Ale with Serrano Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits - Scripps Ranch San Diego CA Chili Beer
Silver Peter Brown Tribute Ale Bear Republic Brewing Co. - Factory 5 Cloverdale CA Brown Porter
Bronze Spring Fever FiftyFifty Brewing Co. Truckee CA Honey Beer
Silver Feral One Firestone Walker Barrelworks Buellton CA Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale
Bronze Sour Opal Firestone Walker Barrelworks Buellton CA Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Bronze Hammersmith IPA Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA English-Style India Pale Ale
Gold Pivo Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA German-Style Pilsener
Gold DBA (Double Barrel Ale) Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA Ordinary or Special Bitter
Gold Le Freak Green Flash Brewing Co. San Diego CA American-Belgo-Style Ale
Silver Dragoon's Dry Irish Stout Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant Novato CA Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
Gold Rainier Lager Pabst Brewing Co. Los Angeles CA American-Style Cream Ale
Silver Olympia Pabst Brewing Co. Los Angeles CA American-Style Cream Ale
Silver White Rascal Avery Brewing Co. Boulder CO Belgian-Style Witbier
Gold Coors Banquet Coors Brewing Co. Golden CO American-Style Lager or Light Lager
Bronze Black Jack Porter Left Hand Brewing Co. Longmont CO Brown Porter
Gold Fade to Black, Volume 1 Left Hand Brewing Co. Longmont CO Export Stout
Bronze Sawtooth Ale Left Hand Brewing Co. Longmont CO Ordinary or Special Bitter
Silver Mexican Logger SKA Brewing Durango CO American-Style or International-Style Pilsener
Bronze Ska Face SKA Brewing Durango CO Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Silver Longboard Island Lager Craft Brew Alliance - Kona Brewery Kailua Kona HI Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
Silver Allagash Tripel Allagash Brewing Co. Portland ME Belgian-Style Tripel
Gold Allagash White Allagash Brewing Co. Portland ME Belgian-Style Witbier
Gold Savant Blanc Perennial Artisan Ales Saint Louis MO American-Style Sour Ale
Bronze MASSIVE! 2013 Gigantic Brewing Co. Portland OR Old Ale or Strong Ale
Silver Hazelnut Brown Nectar Rogue Ales Newport OR Specialty Beer

A full news release with links to the list of winners is available at this Brewers Association link.

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