3 MN Breweries Receive Awards at Nat’l Beer Festival
Three Minnesota breweries took home awards from the Great American Beer Festival, which took place in Denver last weekend.
St. Paul-based Summit Brewing Company received a silver medal in the “Bohemian-Style Pilsener” category for its Summit Pilsener—which the company describes as having a “spicy floral aroma,” along with a “crisp, refreshing malt backbone and lightly spiced hops.” Fifty-three beers entered the category.
Meanwhile, Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth was awarded a bronze medal in the “American-Style Sour Ale” category for its “Fitger’s Framboise.” Fitger’s competed against 33 other beers in that category.
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery received a bronze medal in the “Pro-Am Competition,” which pairs amateur brewers with professional brewers, who scale up award-winning homebrew recipes. In this case, Town Hall Brewery Brewmaster Mike Hoops worked with American Homebrewers Association member Kyle Sisco to produce a Classic American Pilsner.
A total of 666 breweries competed in this year’s Great American Beer Festival, at which more than 2,700 beers were served. Roughly 49,000 people attended the three-day event—and 4,338 beers were judged, representing a year-over-year increase of more than 10 percent. Eighty-four categories were judged, not including the Pro-Am Competition.
Summit Brewing Company is Minnesota’s second-largest brewery based on barrels produced within the state in 2011, of which there were 104,535. Fitgers produced 2,500 barrels last year and Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery produced 1,500. (Click here to see a list of the largest breweries based on barrels produced within Minnesota in 2010.)