Five Minnesota beers were awarded medals from a field of over 7,200 beers judged at this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition in Denver, Colorado.
Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, won gold for its flagship Extra Pale Ale in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale category. According to the GABF website, Summit EPA has won five total medals in the history of the competition, though this is the first time it has been awarded the gold medal.
Surly Brewing also took home a gold medal for its 2015 Barrel-Aged Darkness in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout category. This is the first medal for Barrel-Aged Darkness, or any other iteration of Surly Darkness.
Three Northern Minnesota breweries took home bronze medals for one of their beers. Jack Pine Brewery in Baxter, Minnesota, won for its Vengeance! Jalapeno Cream Ale in the Chili Beer category. Roundhouse Brewery in nearby Brainerd, Minnesota, won for its Runaround Rye Ale in the Rye Beer category. And Bemidji Brewing followed its bronze medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup with a bronze for its German Blonde Ale at the GABF in the German or Blond Ale category.
“It has become a tradition for Minnesota breweries to be honored at this prestigious competition,” says Tom Whisenand, President of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. “This recognition reinforces that Minnesota is a great state for beer. Minnesotans can be proud of these local businesses that are representing their communities.”