2021 Great American Beer Festival Winners

, 2021 Great American Beer Festival Winners

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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 the legendary festival was cancelled this year thanks to COVID-19, the competition still took place. And this year the Brewers Association awarded 272 medals to 240 breweries across the country during this weekend’s 2020 Great American Beer Festival competition awards ceremony. The best beers in 91 beer categories covering 170 different beer styles (including all subcategories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals.

“Despite being forced to cancel the festival portion of GABF, our brewing community rallied together to make this year’s GABF competition one for the books—our largest competition judged to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition director, Great American Beer Festival. “Judges continue to be impressed with the quality and innovation of all entries they evaluated. The Brewers Association is proud to honor this year’s deserving winners. We look forward to celebrating in person together next year.”

And here (drum roll please) is a complete list of this year’s winners…

The 2021 GABF Winners


To allow for the fall hop harvest and beer production, and to include Fresh Hop beers in this prestigious competition, 78 Fresh Hop Beer category entries will compete in early October, with winners announced Friday, October 15.

Congratulations to all this year’s winners…Live long and prosper!


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