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Brewers Association Announces 2010 Great American Beer Festival Competition Winners.

Competition Continues to Grow; 2010 Entries up Nine Percent

BOULDER, Colo. -- The 2010 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition drew an impressive field of competitors, with 2010 topping last year's entries by nine percent. GABF remains the largest commercial beer competition in the world, with 3,523 beers vying for medals (compared to 3,308 entries in 2009).

View the 2010 winners list or download a PDF list of the winners.

Highlights:

* The most competitive category was again American-Style India Pale Ale with 142 entries and a broader geographic distribution of winners than in the past.

* TAPS Fish House & Brewery was the first-ever winner of the new Brewpub Group of the Year category, with Brewmaster Victor Novak taking home the honors.

* The competition saw increased geographic diversity among medal winners, with an emerging trend of winners from the Midwest and the Southeast alongside the traditionally successful states like California and Colorado.

2010 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Microstar Keg Management Mad River Brewing Company Brewing Team Mad River Brewing Company

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Crosby & Baker Ltd. UBC Brewers Utah Brewers Cooperative

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Dr. David Ryder Blue Moon Brewing Company (owned by Miller Coors)

Brewpub Group and Brewpub Group Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Country Malt Group Victor Novak TAPS Fish House & Brewery

Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. Noah Regnery Pizza Port San Clemente

Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group Pizza Port Brew Guys Pizza Port Carlsbad

2010 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co and HopUnion

Medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs amateur American Homebrewers Association (AHA) brewers with professional brewers, who scale up the award-winning homebrew recipes:

Gold Medal Red Velvet, Eagle Rock Brewery, Los Angeles, CA Brewmaster: Eagle Rock Brewery Brew Team AHA member: Donny Hummel

Silver Medal Ryed Hard & Put Away Wet, Rockyard Brewing Company, Castle Rock, CO Brewmaster: Jim Stinson AHA member: Adam Glaser

Bronze Medal Bronze: Robust Porter, Wormtown Brewing Company, Worcester, MA Brewmaster: Ben Roesch AHA member: Keith Antul

Great American Beer Festival 2010 Statistics

* 455 breweries in the festival hall

* 2,200+ beers served at the festival

* 49,000 attendees

* 3,400 volunteers

* 516 breweries in the competition from 48 states (including Washington, D.C.)

* 3,523 beers judged (includes 75 Pro-Am competition entries)

* 79 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition

* 151 judges from 10 countries

* Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 44

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