2012 Great American Beer Festival: The Medal Count

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The 2012 Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver, just came to a close. If you haven't heard about GABF, here's a snippet from their website:

"According to the Guinness Book of World Records®, there is no other place on earth where a beer aficionado can find more beers on tap. The Great American Beer Festival is the American brewing industry’s top public tasting opportunity and competition. Tasting sessions will offer attendees the opportunity to tour America’s brewing landscape, one ounce at a time, with access to more than 2,200 different beers from some 500 of the nation’s finest breweries. The GABF gathers practically every type of beer from all of the regions of the country, and are arranged geographically on the festival floor. The festival allows visitors to taste the largest number and the widest variety of hand-crafted products in the American beer industry."

2,200 beers! That seems like quite a party! I've never attended, but imagine I'll visit one of these years. One of the highlights of the festival is the beer competition. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded in 84 different categories encompassing 134 styles of beer. The awards ceremony was held earlier today and you can see the complete results here.

As with any competition, there's always a curiosity about won the most awards. So I downloaded a list of winners and sorted them in a spreadsheet. In the tradition of the Olympic medal count, the chart below shows the states that won the most medals. Drum roll, please...

As you can see California, Colorado, and Oregon were the big winners!

Next, here's a list of individual breweries that won the most awards. Please note the chart below is NOT a complete list of winning breweries. For space reasons, I only included breweries that one two or more medals. Oregon breweries are shaded in orange.

A huge congrats to ALL of the Oregon Breweries who won awards at GABF this year!

10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend
Barley Brown's Brew Pub, Baker City
Bend Brewing Co., Bend
Breakside Brewery, Portland
Burnside Brewing Co., Portland
Columbia River Brewing Co., Portland
The Commons Brewery, Portland
Deschutes Brewery, Bend
Full Sail Brewing Co., Hood River
Harvester Brewing, Portland
Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland
Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Hood River
Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City
Rogue Brewery, Newport
Silver Moon Brewing, Bend

For a concise list of the winning beers from Oregon, check out The Brew Site's summary. Have you attended The Great American Beer Festival?  How would you describe the experience?

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