Area Winners at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival

Here’s a list of the local and regional brewers that medaled in last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival. The 2016 GABF was held in Boulder, CO, under auspices of the Brewers Association, and saw 7,227 competition entries (60 percent more than in 2015) from 1,752 U.S. breweries.

Medals were awarded to 286 beers in 96 beer style categories. Here are winners from Chicago and surrounding states:

Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer
Bronze: Flash Bang, Excel Brewing Co., Breese, IL

Category 3: American-Style Fruit Beer
Gold: Slingback, High Heel Brewing, St. Louis, MO

Category 4: Fruit Wheat Beer
Gold: Mexican Spring, 515 Brewing Co., Clive, IA

Category 5: Belgian-Style Fruit Beer
Silver: Cherry Busey, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Category 11: Chocolate Beer
Gold: Chaos, RAM/Big Horn Brewery – Wheeling, Wheeling, IL
Silver: The Ticket Chocolate Beer, ZwanzigZ Brewing, Columbus, IN
ZwanzigZ Brewing also won the Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year Award.

Category 13: Specialty Beer
Bronze: GAZPROM!, Lion Bridge Brewing Co., Cedar Rapids, IA

Category 19: Experimental Beer
Bronze: Oyster Weiss, Scratch Brewing Co., Ava, IL

Category 22: Gluten-Free Beer
Silver: Copperhead, Greenview Brewing, Madison, WI

Category 29: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
Gold: Barrel-Aged Darkness, Surly Brewing Co., Brooklyn Center, MN

Category 30: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Bronze: Angelina, Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids, MI

Category 31: Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Silver: Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour: Framboise, Destihl, Normal, IL

Category 34: Smoke Beer
Gold: Raucher, Wolverine State Brewing Co., Ann Arbor, MI

Category 39: American-Style Amber Lager or Dark Lager
Silver: Tragedy of the Commons, Iowa Brewing Co., Cedar Rapids, IA

Category 43: Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
Gold: Dortmunder Mifflin, Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Co. – Palatine, Palatine, IL

Category 45: German-Style Maerzen
Bronze: Fruhauf Oktoberfest, Pollyanna Brewing Co., Lemont, IL

Category 46: European-Style Dark Lager/Munich-Style Dunkel
Bronze: Prunkle’s Dunkle, Horse Thief Hollow Brewery, Chicago, IL

Category 49: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
Silver: Frankenwald Eisbock, ZwanzigZ Brewing, Columbus, IN
Bronze: Apocalyptinator, Nevin’s Brewing Co., Plainfield, IL

Category 52: German-Style Koelsch
Silver: Vacation, Daredevil Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Bronze: , Solemn Oath Brewery, Naperville, IL

Category 54: Classic English-Style Pale Ale
Gold: Extra Pale Ale, Summit Brewing Co., Saint Paul, MN

Category 55: English-Style India Pale Ale – 43 Entries
Gold: Gatecrasher, Temperance Beer Co., Evanston, IL
Bronze: Live Wire, Roak Brewing Co., Royal Oak, MI

Category 57: American-Style Pale Ale
Bronze: The Charlatan, Maplewood Brewery & Distillery, Chicago, IL

Category 61: American-Style Amber/Red Ale
Silver: Better Off Red, Vintage Brewing Co., Madison, WI

Category 62: Double Red Ale
Bronze: RIPA, Carson’s Brewery, Evansville, IN

Category 63: Imperial Red Ale
Gold: Paradocs Red Imperial IPA, Raised Grain Brewing Co., Waukesha, WI
Silver: reDANKulous – Backstage Series, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Category 64: English-Style Mild Ale
Gold: Workman’s Compensation, Lion Bridge Brewing Co., Cedar Rapids, IA

Category 75: German-Style Wheat Ale
Bronze: Küsterer Original Weissbier, Cedar Springs Brewing Co., Cedar Springs, MI

Category 78: Classic Saison
Silver: Meriwether, Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, MO

Category 80: Belgian- and French-Style Ale
Gold: Domaine DuPage, Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL
Silver: Swingin’ Single, Piece Pizzeria & Brewery, Chicago, IL

Category 88: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
Bronze: Bangin The Mash, Latitude 42° Brewing Co., Portage, MI

Category 89: Export Stout
Gold: Dirty Frank Stout, River’s Edge Brewing Co., Milford, MI

Category 91: Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
Bronze: Good Mooed Milk Stout, Railtown Brewing Co., Dutton, MI

A full list of winners can be seen on the GABF site, or in PDF form here.

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