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It was another return to the digital format for the 2021 Great American Beer Festival where breweries from all over our great nation waited patiently for winners to be announced on Friday, September 10th. Going through the 97 different categories of beer styles, 55 Californian breweries brought home medals with twelve of those breweries being from the Bay Area. Most notably of course was the gold medal-winning breweries: Barebottle, Ghost Town, Seismic, Strike Brewing Co. & Third Street.
The Bay had great representation in the IPA / Pale Ale categories with six medals, three being gold, made a great showing in barrel-aged and wild categories with three medals, and closed the deal with medals for an imperial stout, coffee stout, and American lager. A big congratulations to Hop Dogma, whose “Venti is Large” placed higher than last year’s bronze medal and received the silver in the coffee stout category.
The Great American Beer Festival has stated on their FAQ page that the festival will return to the Colorado Convention Center in 2022 of course this is pending due to COVID-19 concerns, but as someone who has always wanted to attend this festival, I am hoping for the best.
What is one brewery you think deserves recognition from GABF? See the full list of winners here.