2021 Great American Beer Festival Competition Rundown

, 2021 Great American Beer Festival Competition Rundown

(Photo @ Brewers Association)

A win at the Great American Beer Festival competition is a BIG deal.

Taking a gold, silver or bronze medal in any one of this year’s beer categories can put a new brewery on the map and reaffirm the brewing skills of industry leaders that sometimes get overlooked.

Even though COVID-19 forced the Great American Beer Festival to be postponed (It will return to Denver in 2022) the competition still took place and the awards ceremony was held at the Bellco Theatre in Denver on Friday evening during the Craft Brewers Conference.

The Brewers Association awarded 290 medals to 265 breweries across the country during the 2021 ceremony, its largest competition to date. The best beers in 97 beer categories covering 175 different beer styles were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals during the 35th edition of the competition.

And here are some more highlights from his year’s competition…

, 2021 Great American Beer Festival Competition Rundown

(Photo @ Brewers Association}


  • 35th edition of the GABF competition
  • 9,680 beers judged
  • 2,192 breweries in the competition from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico
  • 170 judges
  • Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 99.6
  • Category with the highest number of entries: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (427)
  • 290 total medals awarded
  • 265 medal-winning breweries
  • 425 first-time GABF entrants
  • 30 first-time entrant GABF medal winners




Category 64: JUICY OR HAZY INDIA PALE ALE (427 entries)

 GOLD: DeadHead IPA Series: TourBus – DESTIHL Brewery, Normal, IL

SILVER: Art is Hard – North Park Beer Co., San Diego, CA

BRONZE: Blissed – Attitude Brewing Co., San Diego, CA


Category 63: AMERICAN-STYLE INDIA PALE ALE (404 entries)

GOLD: Volatile Substance – Von Ebert Brewing – Pearl, Portland, OR

SILVER: JAF IPA – JAFB Wooster Brewery, Wooster, OH

BRONZE: Bullitt – All Season Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA


Category 25: FRUITED AMERICAN SOUR ALE (249 entries)

 GOLD: Sherbet Drip – Fall River Brewing Co., Redding, CA

SILVER: Tropical Hurt Locker – Short Fuse Brewing Co., Schiller Park, IL

BRONZE: Rasmine – Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Raleigh, NC


Category 80: GERMAN-STYLE WHEAT ALE (226 entries)

GOLD: Hefeweizen – JAFB Wooster Brewery, Wooster, OH

SILVER: Küsterer Original Weissbier – Cedar Springs Brewing Co., Cedar Springs, MI

BRONZE: Hazy Skies Hefeweizen – Pilot Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC


Category 43: GERMAN-STYLE PILSENER (210 entries)

 GOLD: Meanwhile Pilsner – Meanwhile Brewing Co., Austin, TX

SILVER: Rail Pass – Bingo Beer Co., Richmond, VA

BRONZE: Golem Czech Pils – Gemüt Biergarten, Columbus, OH

, 2021 Great American Beer Festival Competition Rundown

(Photo © Brewers Association)



Moontown Brewing Co. – Whitestown, IN3 Medals

SILVER: Moonlite – 40: American Cream Ale

BRONZE: 40th Parallel – 44: Bohemian-Style Pilsener

BRONZE: Skool House Bock – 51: Bock

(Additionally, 15 breweries won two medals)


0 – 250 Barrels

Radiant Beer Co., Anaheim, CA; Andrew Bell & Radiant Beer Co. Team


251 – 500 Barrels

Main & Six Brewing Co., Jacksonville, FL; Dennis Espinosa & Alex Leuthold


501 – 1,000 Barrels

Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN; Cody Peczkowski


1,001 – 2,000 Barrels

Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA; Steve Luke & Zach Kornfeld


2,001 – 5,000 Barrels

Short Fuse Brewing Co., Schiller Park, IL; Brian Lagro & Craig Kofod


5,001 – 15,000 Barrels

Sudwerk Brewing Co., Davis, CA; Team Sudwerk


15,001 – 100,000 Barrels

 Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME; Team Allagash


Brewery Group  – Over 100,000 barrels produced in 2020 or multi-location breweries wishing to compete as a group

Metazoa Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN; Metazoa Brewing Team


Congratulations to ALL of this year’s winners…Live long and prosper

(All image credits: Brewers Association)

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