The competition also saw its biggest-ever panel of judges, with 264 beer experts from 12 countries, including the U.S., and 170 competition volunteers.
Michigan Brewers Guild member received the following awards:
Dirty Frank Stout -- River’s Edge Brewing, Milford
Category 89: Export Stout
Raucher – Wolverine State Brewing Co., Ann Arbor
Category 34: Smoke Beer
Expedition Stout – Bell’s Brewing Co., Galesburg
Category 32: Aged Beer
reDANKulous - Backstage Series – Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids
Category 63: American Imperial Red
Angelina – Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids
Category 30: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Kusterer Original Weissbier – Cedar Springs Brewing Co, Cedar Springs
Category 75: German-Style Wheat Ale
Broadway Light – Detroit Brewing Company, Detroit
Category 38: American Style Cream Ale
Bangin The Mash – Latitude 42 Brewing Co., Portage
Category 88: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
Good Mooed Milk Stout – Railtown Brewing Co, Dutton
Category 91: Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
Live Wire – Roak Brewing, Royal Oak
Category 55: English IPA
The Great American Beer Festival invites industry professionals from around the world to sit together in small groups and, without knowing the brand name, taste beers in each specified style category. The ultimate goal of the judging panel is to identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the GABF.
Five different three-hour judging sessions take place over the three-day period during the week of the festival, with judges assigned to evaluate beers in their specific area of expertise. Breweries are awarded points, which are tabulated to arrive at the top three place medals in each category. The judging panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and heralded by the winning brewers in their national advertising. Medal distinctions are as follows:
GOLD: A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.
SILVER: An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma and appearance.
BRONZE: A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor deviations in taste, aroma or appearance.
Now in its 35th year, the Great American Beer Festival is the granddaddy of all U.S. beer festivals, offering the largest collection of U.S. beer ever assembled. Sponsored by The Brewers Association, the festival features more than 3,800 different beers from 780 breweries throughout the country. More than 60,000 attendees and 3,600 volunteers gathered at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver for the 3-day event.
Michigan’s brewing industry continues to grow in the total volume of beer produced and sold, as well as in the number of breweries. Michigan currently ranks #5 in the nation in terms of the total number of breweries and the Guild proudly represents its highest number of members at 210 (and continually growing)—thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.” Michigan’s breweries are located in every area of the state, operating as community-focused small businesses that collectively employ more than 7,000 individuals and pay more than $144 million in wages. The overall impact of the craft beer industry in Michigan totals more than $608 million.
The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry. Founded in 1997, the Michigan Brewers Guild exists to unify the community of brewers, to increase the sale of Michigan craft beer, to contribute culturally and economically throughout the state and to monitor and assure a healthy brewing industry. By working collaboratively with proponents of craft beer we strive to achieve a 20% share of all beer sold in Michigan by producing world-class events, increasing public awareness, educating consumers, and encouraging responsible consumption.