Quick Hits: 2021 GABF Fresh Hop Beer Winners, Brewers Ban To Fight Climate Change

, Quick Hits: 2021 GABF Fresh Hop Beer Winners, Brewers Ban To Fight Climate Change

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The beer biz never sleeps at American Craft Beer. And here’s just some of what’s been happening while you were drinking your way through the weekend.

Great American Beer Festival Competition Fresh Hop Winners Announced

On September 11 the Brewers Association announced the winners of the 2021 Great American Beer Festival Competition, that is all but the Fresh Hop Beer category which awaited the completion of this year’s hop harvest and the scramble to make these popular beers.

A fresh, wet hopped beer is made with whole hops harvested only hours before being dropped in the kettle and this year there were 83 Fresh Hop entries submitted by 69 breweries in 14 states, and the winners were announced Friday, October 15.

And 2021’s Fresh Hop Beer winners are:

Category 98: FRESH HOP  

GOLD: Energy Cone – Single Hill Brewing, Yakima, WA

SILVER: Fresh Hop Green Battles – Pinthouse Pizza North, Austin, TX

BRONZE: Seems So Long Since We Walked in the Moonlight – Burke-Gilman Brewing., Seattle, WA

“Brewers love the connection with their hop growers, and drinkers enjoy these unique hop-driven ales and lagers, which are becoming harvest season staples within the year-round cycle of beer styles,” said Chris Swersey, competition director, Great American Beer Festival. “Congratulations to this year’s winners. These beers were worth the wait.”


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, Quick Hits: 2021 GABF Fresh Hop Beer Winners, Brewers Ban To Fight Climate Change

(Courtesy Toast Ale)

25 UK and Irish Brewers Ban to Fight Climate Change

On October 15 a coalition of 25 breweries released an open letter to world leaders urging them to make concrete commitments to tackle climate change.

Headed by Toast Ale, the coalition has urged leaders ‘to protect people and nature from the effects of the global climate crisis’. The letter cites evidence that food systems are responsible for a third of unwanted emissions and 80% of deforestation, highlighting the importance of reducing food waste.

Each participating brewery, which is made up of small craft breweries as well as majors like Guinness, also brewed one of a limited edition collection of Companion Series beers , all of them made from surplus bread that would have been wasted, to generate funds for the cause.

Toast Ale, who coordinated the letter, supplied the brewers with surplus bread and shared their expertise. The company has been brewing beer with surplus bread since it was founded in 2015.

Participating breweries include: Toast Ale,  Adnams, Beavertown, Bedlam Brewery, Better World Brewery, Brixton Brewery, Five Points Brewery, Fyne Ales, Guinness, Harbour Brewery, Hepworth Brewery, Ignition Brewery, Meantime, Northern Monk, Orbit, Sambrooks, Signature Brew, Stroud Brewery, Tap Social Movement, Tooth & Claw Brewing, Unity Brewing Co, Utopian Brewery, Wild Card Brewery, Windsor & Eton Brewery and Wold Top Brewery.

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