Nearly 50,000 beer drinkers attended the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last weekend, quaffing brews and reveling in hops. A whopping 222 judges from 10 countries analyzed beers at the event, which is like the Super Bowl (party) of brewing.
Idaho breweries, which continue to grow as craft beer players, picked up five medals.
Grand Teton Brewing medaled highest with a silver. The only Gem State brewery to win multiple awards was Boise's 10 Barrel. Officially, the GABF website credits 10 Barrel headquarters in Bend, Ore., for three medals, but two of the beers — both bronze winners — are creations of Boise 10 Barrel brewmaster Shawn Kelso. The Bend location brewed a gold medal winner, one of 20 — but technically not 22 — medals for Oregon breweries. (I'm not trying to be a jackwagon, but hey, Idaho deserves to be recognized for its beers. I emailed the Oregonian writer to point it out. Update:
Nobody Not everyone apparently agrees with me.)
Sockeye Brewing entered for the first time, believe it or not, so you can bet that head brewer Josh King, pictured above at center, was stoked to be recognized for his delicious Power House Porter.
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Here’s the Idaho bling:
By the way, Miller Lite also won gold. This did not make everyone happy.