The Brewers Association (BA) awarded 272 medals to 240 breweries across America for the 2020 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition.

The best beers in 91 categories covering 170 beer styles (including all sub-categories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals during a virtual ceremony held on 16th October.

Judges for the 34th staging of the competition evaluated 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries from all 50 states, plus Washington, DC. Socially distanced judging took place in 35 sessions over 18 days, with strict safety measures in place.

Competition manager, Chris Swersey, said: “This year’s GABF competition may have looked a little different, but the beers entered into the competition were as impressive and innovative as ever. This has arguably been one of the most challenging
years breweries have ever faced, so we hope these awards serve as a symbol not only of brewing excellence, but also the resiliency of the craft brewing community as a whole.”

Lotte Peplow, American craft beer ambassador for Europe for the Brewers Association, added: “It’s great to see many Brewers Association Export Development Programme members winning top honours as their beers may be available in export markets around the world in the future.

“Beers from Boulevard Brewing Co, Denver Beer Co, Port City Brewing Co, Rogue Ales, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, and many more all came away with medals. They will be worth seeking out for their full flavour, incredible complexity, and subtle nuances of character.”

Winners in the top five most entered categories

Juicy or hazy India pale ale (377 entries)
Gold: Spellbinder, Wren House Brewing Co
Silver: Yojo, Moonraker Brewing Co
Bronze: Wicked Pawesome, Metazoa Brewing Co

American style India pale ale (355 entries)
Gold: IPA, Perry Street Brewing
Silver: Updrift India Pale Ale, Pelican Brewing Co
Bronze: Nothing Noble, Von Ebert Brewing

German style Pilsner (200 entries)
Gold: Sprockets, Gravely Brewing Co
Silver: Prost Pils, Prost Brewing Co
Bronze: Pils, Kansas City Bier Co

Wood- and barrel-aged strong stout (199 entries)
Gold: A Night to End All Storms, Kane Brewing Co
Silver: Ruckus: Melvin Brewing
Bronze: Frasp of Oak, Moska Brewing Co

Juicy or hazy imperial India pale ale (192 entries)
Gold: The Hopsplainer, Burke Gilman Brewing Co
Silver: Not A Scientist, Cloudburst Brewing
Bronze: Sugar On My Tongue, Highland Park Brewery

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