More! Great American Beer Festival Through the Brewers’ Eyes

By Andy Sparhawk

As the name would suggest, the Great American Beer Festival is a vast event encompassing not just a venue or a city, but the entire craft beer collective. With so many brewers under one roof, there is bound to be a variety of perspectives and experiences from those involved. I set out on a hunt for a few brewer’s blogs that summed up the event and what it means to the craft beer industry.

Since there were far too many great blog posts on the experiences of brewers during the Great American Beer Festival, I decided to expanded this round-up. If you missed my first post, check it out: Great American Beer Festival Through the Brewers’ Eyes.

Hopworks Medals at the Great American Beer Festival

Brewery: Hopworks Urban Brewery | Portland, Oregon
Blogger: Bruce Kehe | Marketing Director

“A sleepy Saturday morning for the HUB crew in Denver became a lot more festive when Hopworks Urban Brewery was announced as the Bronze Medal winner in the Kellerbier category at the Great American Beer Festival. The Kellerbier is an unfiltered variation of HUB Organic Lager with a fuller body and some lemony characteristics provided by the unfiltered yeast.” More>>

Bringing Home The Hardware: A Bronze-Medal At The Great American Beer Festival!

Brewery: Mother Earth Brewing | Kinston, North Carolina
Blogger: Trent Mooring | President

“Our bronze medal was for our Dark Cloud, Munich-Style Dunkel. Always a favorite and sure to be even more in demand now.”

“If you aren’t a big craft beer lover, it’s hard to explain the significance of winning at the GABF. It’s no exaggeration that a win at the GABF is what every brewery strives for; it’s the ultimate beer award.” More>>

GABF…the Oscars of Beer

Brewery: NoDa Brewing Company | Charlotte, North Carolina
Blogger: Chad Henderson, Head Brewer

“The bronze medal was announced and as I stared down at my merchandise bag at my feet that had shifted while sitting I heard the phrase “and silver goes to Coco Lo…” and before the rest of the words came out of the announcer’s mouth Todd, Suzie, and I all jumped in the air in screams of excitement as we realized we had just been awarded a medal at our first GABF.  There aren’t any words to describe the feeling and the rush we had over the next few moments.  To be there with Todd and Suzie and knowing the work we had done to get the brewery up and running to where it is today and to receive recognition like that is something I’ll cherish forever.” More>>

Andy SparhawkAndy Sparhawk, the Brewers Association’s Craft Beer Program Coordinator, is a Certified Cicerone® and BJCP Beer Judge. He lives in Arvada, Colorado where he is a homebrewer and avid craft beer enthusiast. On occasion, Andy is inspired to write on his experiences with craft beer, and if they are not too ridiculous, you might see the results here on