Regional Winners at the Great American Beer Fest

Regional Winners at the Great American Beer Fest
The brewers of Short Fuse, presented with a Brewery of the Year award for their size, at the Great American Beer Festival.

Illinois brewers collected 17 ribbons at the great American Beer Festival, held in abbreviated form September 10 in Boulder, CO.

In all, 290 medals awarded to 265 breweries in the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

Destihl Brewery of Normal, IL took home medals in two Juicy or Hazy beer categories. Triptych Brewing of Savoy won in a third hazy category. Pollyanna Brewing Co. took two medals in different categories, split between the Lemont and Roselle breweries.

The Brewers Association (BA) awarded 290 medals in the largest competition to date. The best beers in 97 beer categories covering 175 different beer styles (including all subcategories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals during the 35th edition of the celebrated competition.

Judging took place in 34 sessions over 17 days with strict health and safety measures in place. A total of 170 judges evaluated 9,680 entries from 2,192 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The awards ceremony was held at the Bellco Theatre in Denver on Friday evening during the Craft Brewers Conference® and was livestreamed on The Brewing Network.

To allow for the fall hop harvest and beer production, and to include Fresh Hop beers in this competition, 78 Fresh Hop Beer category entries will compete in early October, with winners announced Friday, October 15.

Below are the medal winners from Illinois and neighboring states. Okay, Michigan technically does not neighbor Illinois, but this is my list. You can see the full list of winners here.

Category 1: American Wheat Beer – 66 Entries
Gold: Sweet Peel, Stubborn Brothers Brewery, Shawano, WI

Category 3: Fruit Wheat Beer – 123 Entries
Gold: Bamm Bamm Loves Pebbles, Will County Brewing Co., Shorewood, IL Bronze: Sunkissed Blonde, Tangled Roots Brewing Co., Ottawa, IL

Category 5: Pumpkin Beer – 39 Entries
Bronze: Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI

Category 7: Herb and Spice Beer – 115 Entries
Gold: Rosie the River Otter, Metazoa Brewing Co. – Stringtown Production Facility, Indianapolis, IN

Category 12: Rye Beer – 57 Entries
Silver: Dark and Down, Mickey Finn’s Brewery, Libertyville, IL

Category 15: Session Beer – 24 Entries
Bronze:Tip the Calf, SingleSpeed Brewing – Tap Room, Cedar Falls, IA

Category 17: Other Strong Beer – 68 Entries
Gold: Kazimierz, Rockwell Beer Co., St. Louis, MO
Bronze:Party Penguin, Pollyanna Brewing Co., Lemont, IL

Category 18: Experimental Beer – 88 Entries
Silver: Vocal Jam, Short Fuse Brewing Co., Schiller Park, IL

Category 20: Experimental Wood-Aged Beer – 57 Entries
Silver: House of Flying Barrels: Plumage, Melvin Brewing – Eureka, Eureka, MO

Category 21: Historical Beer – 63 Entries
Gold: Decorah Nordic Gruit, PIVO Brewery, Calmar, IA

Category 23: American-Belgo-Style Ale – 37 Entries
Silver: Low Country Belgo-American Pale Ale, Tribes Beer Co., Mokena, IL

Category 25: Fruited American Sour Ale – 249 Entries
Silver: Tropical Hurt Locker, Short Fuse Brewing Co., Schiller Park, IL

Category 26: Brett Beer – 55 Entries
Bronze: Matilda, Goose Island Beer Co. – Fulton St., Chicago, IL

Category 28: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer – 53 Entries
Bronze: Cask Aged Rye Lagger, Transient Artisan Ales, Bridgman, MI

Category 29: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer – 151 Entries
Bronze: Old Marathon Barleywine, Keg Creek Brewing Co., Glenwood, IA

Category 32: Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 101 Entries
Gold: Lavender Fields Forever, Marto Brewing Co., Sioux City, IA

Category 36: American-Style Lager – 103 Entries
Bronze: Midwest Royalty, Alarmist Brewing, Chicago, IL

Category 39: International Lager – 175 Entries
Bronze: Tomamos, Blind Owl Brewery, Indianapolis, IN

Category 40: American Cream Ale – 147 Entries
Silver: Moonlite, Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN
(Moontown won three medals total, the only brewer to do so)

Category 44: Bohemian-Style Pilsener – 161 Entries
Bronze: 40th Parallel, Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN

Category 47: Vienna-Style Lager – 113 Entries
Gold: Roselle Red, Pollyanna Brewing Co., Roselle, IL

Category 51: Bock – 88 Entries
Bronze: Skool House Bock, Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN

Category 52: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock – 60 Entries
Silver: Penetrator, Territorial Brewing Co., Springfield, MI

Category 53: Golden or Blonde Ale – 152 Entries
Silver: No, Yeah, Bell’s Brewery, Comstock, MI

Category 54: German-Style Koelsch – 187 Entries
Silver: Della, Old Irving Brewing Co., Chicago, IL
Bronze: Too Much Cologne, Crystal Lake Brewing, Crystal Lake, IL

Category 60: Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale – 133 Entries
Bronze: Dank Meme, Triptych Brewing, Savoy, IL

Category 62: Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale – 128 Entries
Gold: Get a Little Hazy, Peace Tree Brewing Co., Knoxville, IA

Category 64: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale – 427 Entries
Gold: DeadHead IPA Series: TourBus, Destihl Brewery, Normal, IL
(This was the most-entered category in the competition).

Category 66: Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale – 195 Entries
Bronze: DeadHead IPA Series: Haze of the Dead, Destihl Brewery, Normal, IL

Category 72: Irish-Style Red Ale – 78 Entries
Silver: Sandman, Third Wheel Brewing, St. Peters, MO

Category 78: Contemporary Gose – 118 Entries
Gold: Ring Around the Gose, SingleSpeed Brewing, Waterloo, IA
Bronze: Sour Flower, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI

Category 79: German-Style Altbier – 60 Entries
Silver: ALT 140, Sew Hop’d Brewery & Tap Room, Huntley, IL

Category 80: German Wheat Ale – 226 Entries
Silver: Küsterer Original Weissbier, Cedar Springs Brewing Co., Cedar Springs, MI

Category 82: Belgian-Style Ale or French-Style Ale – 73 Entries
Silver: Iron Lion: Blonde, Albion Malleable Brewing Co., Albion, MI

Category 84: Classic Saison – 99 Entries
Gold: Saison, Waypost Brewing Co., Fennville, MI

Category 85: Specialty Saison – 71 Entries
Bronze: Go Ape-ricot, Metazoa Brewing Co. – Taproom, Indianapolis, IN

Category 90: Brown Porter – 57 Entries
Silver: The Disaster at Meux, Lion Bridge Brewing Co., Cedar Rapids, IA

In addition, Short Fuse was named Brewery of the Year in the “2,001 to 5,000 Barrels” category. The award went to brewers Brian Lagro & Craig Kofod.

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