Virginia Beer Awards at 2016 GABF

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Great American Beer Festival Winners

GABF_beer_2016Virginia breweries claimed 13 awards at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colorado, including two awards for Richmond breweries, plus one award in the Pro-Am Competition. Put on by the Brewers’ Association brewery trade group, the GABF awards are among the most coveted and prestigious by American brewers. 

The beers are judged by the festival’s professional judge panel, identifying three beers that best represent each of the 96 beer-style categories adopted by the Great American Beer Festival. 

Festival attendees can also sip the beer entered in the competition during GABF tasting sessions. The festival, begun in 1982, is held annually in Denver. This year, Charlie Papazian, GABF founder and primary mover in the growth of craft beer, was recognized for his 35 years of leadership. 

  • Ardent Craft Ales, Richmond: Bronze for Brett Saison in Brett Beer 
  • Blue Mountain Barrel House and Organic Brewery, Arrington: Silver for 13.Five Ofest in Vienna-style Lager
  • Devils Backbone Brewing, Roseland and Lexington: Gold for Vienna Lager in Vienna-style Lager; Gold for Danzig in Baltic-style Porter
  • Sweetwater Tavern (Great American Restaurants), Centreville: Silver for Wit’s End Ale in Belgian-style Witbier
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond: Silver for Grosse Teufel in the Historical Beer category
  • Lost Rhino Brewing, Ashburn: Silver for Face Plant in English-style IPA
  • Ocelot Brewing, Sterling: Gold for Sunnyside Dweller in Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
  • Ornery Beer, Woodbridge: Gold for Light of Cologne in German-style Kölsch
  • Port City Brewing, Alexandria: Silver for Colossal Five in Old Ale or Strong Ale
  • South Street Brewery, Charlottesville: Silver for Twisted Gourd in Pumpkin Spice Beer; Bronze for Slippery When Wit in Session Beer
  • Spencer Devon Brewing, Fredericksburg: Bronze for Sunken Road, Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale
  • Starr Hill Brewery, Crozet: Silver for the Vernal Equinox English IPA, teamed up with home brewer Gary Layton, winner of the Starr Hill JAMBEEREE homebrew competition, in the Pro-Am division

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