Every fall the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) takes place in Denver. This event is on my bucket list as a beer lover. In its 32nd year, the festival represents the largest and longest-running gathering of American brewers. This year’s event featured more than 700 breweries sampling nearly 3,500 beers. The festival’s 49,000 tickets sold out in just 32 minutes. This year 222 judges from 10 countries evaluated 5,507 entries. Six of the state’s breweries took home medals — three bronze, one silver and two gold. Local breweries are exploding in the state and we have an excellent selection of local brews. A few that won medals are listed below.
Summit Extra Pale Ale
Located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Awarded the bronze in the classic English pale ale category, adding to a string of recent competition wins that includes two World Beer Cup medals. Summit’s Extra Pale Ale is characterized with caramel, biscuity malts and is superbly balanced with an earthy hop bite and juicy citrus. Available in 6 Pack Cans and Bottles ($7.99) and 12 Pack Bottles ($13.99).
Indeed Brewing Co.
Located in Northeast, Minneapolis. Awarded the silver with their limited-release Mexican Honey. Mexican Honey is an Imperial Lager brewed with Mexican Orange Blossom honey and Amarillo hops, offering a citrus and floral fiesta for your palate. Refreshing and dangerously smooth, expect notes of orange nectar, graham cracker, biscuits, and honeycomb. Mexican Honey is a seasonal beer and not available now, but look for it to return next July. Indeed also has many other excellent beers and is releasing their Winter seasonals soon.
Badger Hill Brewing
Located in Shakopee, Minnesota. Awarded a gold-medal with their White IPA a blend of Belgian-style wheat beer and American IPA. The White IPA is a hoppy Belgian Wit beer with Orange Zest and Coriander. We carry 3 types of beer from Badger Hill, MSB, Stout and High Road all in 6 pack bottles ($9.99).
Come in and grab a few of these award winning local gems!
Tana Wold, Purchasing and Event Manager