The Mill: Great American Beer Festival wraps up, Minnesota takes home six medals

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) wrapped up in Denver over the weekend, after expanding to 800 breweries and drawing a whopping 60,000 beer loving attendees. In total, the 2017 GABF competition received 7,923 entries from 2,217 breweries, and awarded 293 medals in 98 beer categories. Five Minnesota breweries took home six GABF medals. In the … [ Read more]

Gold and Bronze: Five Minnesota breweries medal at GABF 2016

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 … [ Read more]

3 key changes to this year’s GABF beer categories

Behind the scenes at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF), a cadre of 264 qualified judges will taste around 7,300 beers submitted from across the country in 96 categories. Those found most favorable are awarded the ultimate taproom adornment and marketing bonanza: a GABF medal. Before sending off their wares, however, brewers must consume … [ Read more]

How to get your hands on Bemidji Brewing’s award-winning double porter

Bemidji Brewing Company announced today it will be selling 500 750mL bottles of their GABF silver medal-winning Double Porter at their taproom starting 2pm on Friday, December 11. The porter will also be on tap starting that day. For more information, visit Bemidji Brewing’s website or Facebook page

Sour Notes: The story and people behind New Belgium’s funky beer

With 336 total entries at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, the American-Style India Pale Ale category remained the event’s most competitive. One of the fastest-growing trends, however, is sour beer. In fact, this year’s GABF competition featured four categories for sours, each with various sub-categories for fruited and barrel-aged varieties. While many American breweries … [ Read more]

By the Numbers: The 2015 Great American Beer Festival

The Great American Beer Festival has come and gone, but the craft brewers that took home medals from the competition are still coming down from their Rocky Mountain highs. Beer drinkers and fellow brewers look to the GABF competition results as a barometer for which states are up-and-coming, which breweries should be on the radar, … [ Read more]

Samuel Adams to release nitro beers in 2016

Fortune brought back a nice report from the GABF—Boston Beer Company founder Jim Koch announced that Samuel Adams will release three nitro beers in 2016. A nitrogen-infused white ale, IPA, and coffee stout will be available on tap as well as in ‘widget’ cans, much like those sold by the world’s most popular nitro brew, Guinness … [ Read more]

LIVE BLOG: The Growler at the Great American Beer Fest

Updated: September 27, 9:30 a.m., from a Nameless Corporate Coffee Shop on a Sunny Street in Downtown Denver A total of 275 professional medals were awarded yesterday to 242 different breweries, and since seven of those medals went to Minnesota breweries, we tracked down Phil Platt, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, to see what … [ Read more]

2015 GABF expansion announced

The big one is getting bigger. The 34th Annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) will take place September 24–26 in Denver, Colorado, and the Brewers Association announced yesterday that this year’s tasting hall will expand by 90,000 square feet to accommodate the expected 60,000 attendees and 800 breweries (2014 attendance was around 49,000 with closer to … [ Read more]

Observations at the Great American Beer Festival

A fly-on-the-wall’s view of this year’s GABF. By Michael Agnew Article Photos by Brian Kaufenberg. Panorama ©Brewers Association Every fall the Brewers Association, a trade group representing the nation’s craft brewers, hosts the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colorado. It is the largest gathering of beer fans and breweries in the country. According … [ Read more]

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The ABCs of the GABF

By Joseph Alton and Brian Kaufenberg The 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) wrapped up this weekend in Denver, CO. This annual celebration of suds has grown to host nearly 50,000 attendees who have an opportunity to sample more than 3,000 beers from over 600 American breweries. Beer lovers from around the country and the … [ Read more]

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Minnesota Takes Home Some Hardware at The Great American Beer Fest

The 2013 Great American Beer Fest comes to a close this afternoon. The competition portion of the event wrapped up this afternoon and four Minnesota breweries were awarded medals for various styles in this year’s competition. Stay tuned for The Growler’s Complete Recap of The 2013 GABF. Minnesota’s 2013 Great American Beer Festival Medal Winners: … [ Read more]

Get Hitched at the Great American Beer Festival

Want a good selection of craft beer at your wedding? How does craft beer from over 600 breweries sound? If you’re going to this year’s Great American Beer Festival, you can tie the knot and drink craft beer from the largest beer festival in the U.S. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. plans to construct a wedding chapel … [ Read more]

Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops

by Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse The Growler is pleased to introduce a new column by Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse. Each issue, Dave will share his thoughts of a brewer. This edition includes Dave’s highlights from his trip to the Great American Beer Festival. For those of you unaware of … [ Read more]