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Tighthead Brewing Company Awarded Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival'.

Byline: Brewers Association Press Release, Boulder, CO

Tighthead Brewing Company received a gold medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition's 102 beer-style categories were announced September 22 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Tighthead Brewing Company was recognized in the Irish-Style Red Ale beer-style category for its Scarlet > Fire Red Ale, an Irish-Style Red Ale with a balance of malt sweetness, toasty roasted barley and East Kent Golding hops. Scarlet > Fire was one of the first beers brewed when the brewery opened in September 2011. Tighthead Brewing Company is a 15-barrel microbrewery located in Mundelein, IL that specializes in crafting quality ales and lagers for all seasons.

"It was quite emotional and overwhelming having sat in the audience for 6 years in hopeful anticipation of hearing our name called. The Craft Brewing industry has grown so fast in that time that the odds and competition get tougher every year. I have always known we make great beer, but to win a gold medal at GABF is validation of that and will be a great talking point for us in the market." said Bruce Dir, Owner at Tighthead Brewing Co.

The 2018 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 293 expert judges from 8,496 entries, received from 2,404 U.S. breweries, plus 101 Pro-Am and 49 Collaboration entries.

"The 32nd edition of the GABF competition yielded a remarkable turnout of the country's most exemplary beers," said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. "I'm continuously impressed by contenders' talent and passion and would like to extend congratulations to this year's winners for their excellence in brewing."

For more GABF competition information, including the 2018 winners list and photos, visit

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Date:Sep 27, 2018
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