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GABF Medal Winners

Medal Winning Selfies from the 2016 Great American Beer Festival

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The Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony begins early(ish) Saturday morning, and the feeling inside Denver’s Bellco Theater is electric. This is the 90 minutes these brewers have been waiting for — will they hear their name called for a medal?

The GABF competition is not only the largest commercial brewing competition in the world, but 2016 also saw the largest number of entries in GABF’s 35-year history. The competition’s 264 professional judges from around the world are tasked with identifying the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the Great American Beer Festival.

We pulled together photos capturing some of those medal-winning selfies and Instagram posts below.

The Bruery | Placentia, Calif.

  • Gold | Mischief | Category: American-Style Belgo Ale
  • Silver | Wineification II |Category: Experimental Beer

NoDa Brewing Co. | Charlotte, NC

  • Gold | NoDajito | Category: Herb & Spice Beer


Fat Head’s Brewery | North Olmsted, OH

  • Black Muddy River Imperial Black Ale | Silver | Category: Other Strong Beer
  • IBUSive | Bronze | Category: Fresh or Wet Hopped Ale


Hardywood Park Craft Brewery | Richmond, VA

  • Silver | Grosse Teufel | Category: Historical Beer


Denver Beer Co. | Denver

  • Gold | Drama Queen | Category: Wood & Barrel Aged Beer


The Austin Beer Garden Brewing | Austin, TX

  • Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year
  • Gold | Industry | Category: German-Style Pilsener


Kohola Brewery | Lahaina, HI

  • Bronze | Lokahi | Category: German-Style Pilsener


Carver Brewing Co. | Durango, CO

  • Silver | Lightner Creek Lager | Category: German-Style Light Lager


Alvarado Street Brewery | Monterey, CA

Silver | Mai Tai | Category: Australian-Style or International-Style Pale Ale


You can find the full GABF medal list here.

Jess Baker walked into a beer fest in 2010 and realized beer had come a long way from what her dad had been drinking since the 70s. She served as editor-in-chief of from spring 2016 to spring 2020, bringing you stories about the people who are the heartbeat behind U.S. craft brewing. She's a runner, a die-hard Springsteen fan, a mom who is always scouting family-friendly breweries, and always in search of a darn good porter. is fully dedicated to small and independent U.S. breweries. We are published by the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers. Stories and opinions shared on do not imply endorsement by or positions taken by the Brewers Association or its members.