This past weekend in Denver Colorado the largest gathering of American beer and beer lovers enjoyed a flavor packed weekend of craft beer, great food, and good times. This year 3,523 beers were entered into the Great American Beer Festival brew competition, more than any other commercial beer competition in the world. Winners from the 79 beer categories were just announced over the weekend and Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were handed out. Pizza Port Brewing took an impressive 13 medals, and Firestone Walker to 6. For the full list of winners here is the PDF. Read more for some stats.
49,000 beer lovers attended the festival, over 2,200 different beers were sampled, and 516 breweries showed up. This year’s category entries were dominated by the hop focused American styles, not surprisingly. American Style India Pale Ale (142 entries), American Style Pale Ale (109 entries), Imperial India Pale Ale (97 entries), Herb and Spice or Chocolate Beer (91 entries) and American Style Strong Pale Ale (84 entires) made up the four most popular categories.