The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals today in Denver. In its 28th year, the 2014 competition surpassed all previous participation records.
To accommodate growth, this year’s GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 222 beer experts from 10 countries evaluating 5,507 commercial entries, plus 89 Pro-Am entries, with assistance from some 150 competition volunteers.
Award-winning brewers received medals in 90 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories). Winners were chosen from 5,507 competition entries (16 percent more than in 2013) from 1,309 breweries, hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
In addition to medal winners in the beer categories, the following awards were presented to individual brewing companies:
Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Draught Works Brew Team
Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Devils Backbone Brewing Co.—Outpost
DB Brewery Team
Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
AC Golden Brewing Team
Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Rockne Van Meter
Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year
Brasserie Saint James
Josh Watterson & Matt Watterson
Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Julian Shrago & Ian McCall
A complete list of 2014 GABF medal winners here.