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Official List of 2013 Great American Beer Fest Winners

The Great American Beer Festival award ceremony kicked off today at 12:30pm EST. Below is a list of winners by style, and more.

2013 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards

Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Baker City Brewing Company

Marks Lanham and Eli Dickison

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Microstar Keg Management

Devils Backbone Brewing Company – Basecamp

Jason Oliver

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Matt Brynildson


Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Beer Institute


John, Tom, Bill & Addison


Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.

Gella’s Diner & Lb Brewing Company

Gerald Wyman


Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

Julian Shrago and Ian McCall


Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group

Pelican Brewing Company

Darron Welch and Steve Panos


Brewpub Group and Brewpub Group Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group

Rock Bottom Brewery

Team Rock Bottom


Overall Competition Highlights

Reflecting craft brewing’s increasing popularity nationwide, across state and regional borders, overall competition highlights include:

  • Twenty-four first-time entering breweries won awards. During the registration process, 230 breweries self-identified as first-time entrants.
  • There was a tie for most gold medals won, three each for Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, Colo.) and for Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, Calif.).
  • New Jersey topped the list of ratio of medals to entries by state, with one medal won among seven entries, a 14.3% ratio. Delaware had a 13% winning ratio, with three medals won among 23 entries. California, the state with the highest number of beer entries—at 885—won 52 medals for a 5.9% ratio of medals to entries.

Style Categories

Since 2001, the most-entered category has been American-Style India Pale Ale (IPA), which saw 252 entries in 2013.

The top five entered categories were:

1.       American-Style India Pale Ale (252 entries)

2.       Imperial India Pale Ale (149 entries)

3.       Herb and Spice Beer (134 entries)

4.       American-Style Pale Ale (124 entries)

5.       American-Style Strong Pale Ale (120 entries)

The winners in the most-entered (that is, the most competitive) categories were:

American-Style India Pale Ale

Gold: Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Pallet Jack IPA
Silver: Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Union Jack
Bronze: La Cumbre Brewing Co., Project Dank: Operation Pharoah’s Return

Imperial India Pale Ale

Gold: Fat Heads Brewery, Hop Juju
Silver: Three Floyds Brewing Co., Permanent Funeral
Bronze: Smartmouth Brewing Co., Notch 9 Double IPA

Herb and Spice Beer

Gold: Namaste Brewing at the Whip Inn, Bitterama
Silver: Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub, Chai Milk Stout
Bronze: Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, Elba

American-Style Pale Ale

Gold: Lumberyard Brewing Co., Lumberyard American Pale Ale
Silver: Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Featherweight Pale
Bronze: Joseph James Brewing Co., Citra Rye Pale Ale

American-Style Strong Pale Ale

Gold: Monkey Paw Brewing Co., Bonobos
Silver: Four Peaks Brewing Co., Hop Knot
Bronze: Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Kung Fu Elvis

The 2013 GABF competition featured two new categories: Grodzisz, with seven entries, and Adambier (no entries). There were three categories in which one of the three possible medals was not awarded:

  • American-Style or International-Style Pilsener—No gold awarded
  • American-Style Amber/Red Ale—No silver awarded
  • Imperial Red Ale—No gold awarded

2013 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Country Malt Group, Hopunion and White Labs

Gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs amateur brewers with professional brewers, who scale up the award-winning homebrew recipes. The medal winners, including the winning professional brewers and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member homebrewers are:

Gold: Poblano, Cigar City Brewing
Brewmaster: Wayne Wambles, Cigar City, and AHA member Jeff Gladish

Silver: Charlie’s Brown, New Belgium Brewing Co.
Brewmaster: Peter Bouckaert/Grady Hull, New Belgium Brewing Co., and AHA member Mike Formisan

Bronze: Oatmeal Stout, Upslope Brewing Co.
Brewmaster: Alex Violette, Upslope Brewing Co., and AHA member Derek Ordway

Summary: 2013 Great American Beer Festival Statistics

  • 624 breweries in the festival hall
  • More than 3,100 beers served at the festival
  • 49,000 attendees
  • More than 2,800 volunteers
  • 745 breweries in the competition from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C.
  • 4,809 beers judged (includes 100 Pro-Am competition entries), a 12 percent increase over 2012
  • 84 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition
  • 201 judges from 11 countries
  • Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 51
  • Category with highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale: 252

Full List of Winners available in this PDF.