In largest Great American Beer Festival competition ever, two Minnesota breweries score gold

Out of over 100 categories judged at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF), Minnesota breweries medaled in four, including two golds. St. Paul’s Barrel Theory Beer Company took a gold medal in the specialty Berliner category for Midwest Exotic, a gose with calamansi, blood orange, tangerine, and peach. “Super cool,” Barrel Theory co-founder Brett … [ Read more]

GABF Bump: What winning a Great American Beer Festival medal means for breweries

Very soon, the three-year-old Beaver Island Brewing Company in St. Cloud will hang its Great American Beer Festival (GABF) bronze medal behind the bar in its taproom. “‘Holy shit!’ Then ‘thank you,’” were the first thoughts that popped into Beaver Island co-owner Nick Barth’s mind when they won the award. “It was so affirming to … [ Read more]

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]

Half Acre Beer Company announces early 2017 entry into Wisconsin

Chicago’s growing Half Acre Beer Company is entering the Wisconsin market, hitting 32 of the state’s 72 total counties in early 2017. Half Acre’s four year-round beers and varied seasonals will be available mostly along the eastern and southern portions of the state and hitting cities including Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Madison. The range spreads … [ 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]

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]

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]

The Mill: Art Crawl, Fall Fetes, BrewDogs and more

The Mill is getting breezy. We’re weathering the gusts and sneaking in some long bike rides. We’re playing Kubb before the snow blankets our fields (have you found Issue 16 yet? If not #snagamag now!). What’s on tap for you this week in The Mill? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: First two dozen pints come with … [ Read more]

Minnesota scores Gold, Silver, and Bronze at the Great American Beer Festival 2014

Brewers and representatives from more than 700 breweries from across the nation traveled to Denver this past weekend to participate in the largest U.S. beer competition and public festival—the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. Over 200 beer experts from ten countries tasted 5,507 commercial entries rating them across 145 different beer styles. Amidst this astounding … [ 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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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]