Biggest beer fest in the country recognizes Wyoming
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Great American Beer Fest (GABF) wrapped up in Denver last weekend and Wyoming acquitted itself well, including two winners from the Jackson Hole area.
The 31st annual festival took place October 5-7 and featured some 2,217 breweries and 7,923 entries. If you’re thinking that’s a lot of beer, you’re right. Each GABF represents the largest collection of US beer ever served in a public tasting event/private competition. And the festival is growing at a 15% rate.
Out of 293 overall medals awarded, Wyoming entries grabbed five in various categories.
Snake River Brewing scored gold with its Speargun Coffee Milk Stout. Expert industry judges thought it the nation’s finest example of a coffee stout or porter from 114 entries.
Melvin Brewing snagged two golds—one for its Wet Hop Melvin and another for their Hubert MPA. Wet Hop was chosen best from among 44 entries in the fresh or wet hop ale category. Hubert topped 182 entries in the American-style strong pale ale category.
Silver medalists included Black Tooth Brewing’s Bomber Mountain for second-best Irish-style red ale. The Sheridan-based brewery beat out 78 other entries for the silver.
Laramie’s Coal Creek Tap scored bronze with its Heavy 80 Scotch Ale in the Scottish-style ale category that had 53 entries.