Area Winners at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival

Area Winners at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival
The prizes sought at the annual Great American Beer Festival

A socially distanced Great American Beer Festival managed to get itself held this week.

The Brewers Association managed to hold its festival virtually, with online workshops and other events. The week was highlighted by a judging of beers in 91 categories.

This year, six brewers from Illinois took home the medals. Penrose Brewing's Goofy Boots medaled for the second straight year, this time taking the Gold medal in its category. Pollyanna's Lite Thinking medaled for the second straight year, its third placing overall. Light the Lamp also won for the second year in a row, though with a different beer than 2019's Lite It! Alarmist Brewing won a second medal, and Midwest Coast placed for the first time.

Below are highlights featuring winning beers from Illinois, and the surrounding Midwestern states.

Category 2: American-Style Fruit Beer - 125 Entries
Bronze:   Berry, Berry, Quite Contrary, Territorial Brewing Co., Springfield, MI

Category 3: Fruit Wheat Beer - 107 Entries
Silver:  Grandma’s Favorite Recipe, Silver Harbor Brewing Co., Saint Joseph, MI

Category 4: Field Beer - 107 Entries
Bronze:   No Rules, Perrin Brewing Co., Comstock Park, MI

Category 8: Chocolate Beer - 53 Entries
Silver:  Old Balltown Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Brownie Milk Stout, PIVO Brewery, Calmar, IA

Category 12: Rye Beer - 52 Entries
Silver:  Hugzilla, Gezellig Brewing Co., Newton, IA

Category 14: Session Beer or Non-Alcohol Beer - 89 Entries
Gold:   Tip the Calf, SingleSpeed Brewing, Waterloo, IA

Category 19: Historical Beer - 28 Entries
Gold:   Decorah Nordic Gruit, PIVO Brewery, Calmar, IA

Category 20: Gluten-Free Beer - 45 Entries
Silver:  1808, ALT Brew, Madison, WI

Light the Lamp Brewery

Category 21: American-Belgo-Style Ale - 34 Entries
Gold:   Tank 7, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
Bronze:   Still Single, Light the Lamp Brewery, Grayslake, IL

Category 24: Brett Beer - 48 Entries
Bronze:   Saison de Walt, Flix Brewhouse, Carmel, IN

Category 26: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer - 65 Entries
Gold:   Afternoon Delight, Sun King Brewery - Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Category 30: Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer - 111 Entries
Bronze:   Cherry Busey, Sun King Brewery - Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Category 31: Kellerbier or Zwickelbier - 71 Entries
Silver:  Royal Bohemian Pilsner, Earth Rider Brewery, Superior, WI

Category 32: Smoke Beer - 60 Entries
Gold:  O’Fallon Smoked Porter, O’Fallon Brewery, Maryland Heights, MO

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Category 33: American Lager - 137 Entries
Bronze:   Lite Thinking, Pollyanna Brewing Co., Lemont, IL

Category 34: Light Lager - 85 Entries
Bronze:  Pachanga, Sun King Brewery - Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Category 36: International Pilsener - 114 Entries
Bronze:   Little Wing, Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co., Chicago, IL

Category 37: American-Style Cream Ale - 135 Entries
Gold:   Moonlite, Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN

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Category 38: American Amber Lager - 111 Entries
Silver:  Oktoberfest, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Category 39: German-Style Pilsener - 200 Entries
Bronze:   Pils, Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO

Category 44: German-Style Maerzen - 142 Entries
Bronze:   Big Grove Oktoberfest, Big Grove Brewery, Iowa City, IA

Category 47: Bock - 50 Entries
Bronze:   Skool House Bock, Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN

Category 49: Golden or Blonde Ale - 137 Entries
Bronze:   Sunlight Cream Ale, Sun King Brewery - Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Alarmist Brewing

Category 53: American-Style Pale Ale - 156 Entries
Bronze:   Pantsless, Alarmist Brewing, Chicago, IL

Category 56: Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale - 145 Entries
Gold:   Goofy Boots, Penrose Brewing Co., Geneva, IL

Category 58: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale - 377 Entries
Bronze:   Wicked Pawesome, Metazoa Brewing Co. - Stringtown Production Facility, Indianapolis, IN
(This was the category with the most entries).

Penrose BrewingCategory 63: English Mild or Bitter - 57 Entries
Bronze:   MSB (McFleshman’s Special Bitter), McFleshman’s Brewing Co., Appleton, WI

Category 64: Extra Special Bitter - 56 Entries
Bronze:   English Sporting Beer, Midwest Coast Brewing Co., Chicago, IL

Category 74: German-Style Wheat Ale - 145 Entries
Silver:  Hefeweizen, Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO

Category 77: Classic Saison - 80 Entries
Bronze:   Meadowlark, Metazoa Brewing Co. - Taproom, Indianapolis, IN

Midwest Coast Brewing

Category 80: Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale - 103 Entries
Silver:  Qualified, Taxman Brewing Co., Bargersville, IN

Category 81: Belgian-Style Abbey Ale - 106 Entries
Silver:  228 Tripel, Stormcloud Brewing Co., Frankfort, MI

Category 84: Robust Porter - 60 Entries
Silver:  Porter, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Category 87: Oatmeal Stout - 52 Entries
Silver:  North Tower Stout, Earth Rider Brewery, Superior, WI

Category 89: Scotch Ale - 58 Entries
Bronze:   Wee Heavy HINDER, H.H. Hinder Brewing Co., Waupaca, WI

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