Montana Winners at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival

I’m a little late in sharing the news, but Montana breweries picked up more medals at the beer competition held in conjunction with the Great American Beer Festival.  Winners were announced at a ceremony held in Denver, CO on October 7.

Judges awarded 293 medals in 98 beer categories covering 161 different beer styles in a competition that featured 7,923 entries from 2,217 breweries. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the beers best meeting the style guidelines for each category and sub-category.

Photo © Brewers Association

Photo © Brewers Association

Montana breweries winning medals were:

Red Lodge Ales Brewing Co. took the Gold medal in the German-Style Altbier category for Glacier Ale.

Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. received a Silver medal in the American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast category for Miner’s Gold Hefeweizen.

Uberbrew received a Silver medal in the American-Style Cream Ale category for Canü.

For the second year in a row, Philipsburg Brewing Co. received a Bronze medal in the Pumpkin/Squash Beer category for its 5 Phantoms Pumpkin Spice Barleywine.

Montana breweries won 6 medals in 2016 (with Uberbrew winning an astounding 4 medals), 3 in 2015, 6 in 2014, 4 in 2013 and 2 in 2012.

The top five categories for entries at the competition will certainly not surprise beer fans:

  • Category 60: American-Style India Pale Ale (408 entries)
  • Category 61: Imperial India Pale Ale (221 entries)
  • Category 58: American-Style Pale Ale (199 entries)
  • Category 59: American-Style Strong Pale Ale (182 entries)
  • Category 29: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (175 entries)

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