Compared to 2014’s big-time bling, Idaho didn’t make a massive haul when medals were handed out at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last weekend.
But it certainly was massive for Boise Brewing. In just its second year entering the world-renowned tasting event, the fledgling, community-funded brewery took home silver. Black Cliffs American Stout — created by head brewer Lance Chavez — won the honor in the American-Style Stout category.
Shawn Kelso, brewmaster at 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in Boise, is the man who created Power to the People (P2P), which earned bronze in that same category for the second consecutive year. (Also for the second straight year, GABF’s online results credit 10 Barrel’s brewery headquarters in Oregon for that medal. Sorry, we’re considering it an Idaho win.)
Both medals continue to add credence to the Gem State as a notable craft-beer player. Last year, four Idaho breweries medaled at GABF. Hosted by the Brewers Association, it’s essentially the Super Bowl of brew festivals. This year’s bash, held Sept. 24-26, included 6,647 entries and 147 beer styles. About 60,000 people were expected to attend.
Boise Brewing’s Black Cliffs is no stranger to medals. In June, it also won bronze in the American-Style Stout category of the North American Beer Awards in Idaho Falls. Black Cliffs was the first original recipe created for the brewery’s CSB (community-supported beer) program. Boise Brewing’s website explains that the members-only program is “all about creating crazy, fun new beers for our loyal fans to try.”
It’s worth noting that southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon dominated the American-Style Stout division at GABF. Not only did Boise Brewing and 10 Barrel Brewing win silver and bronze, Barley Brown’s Beer of Baker City, Ore., took gold in the category for its Disorder Stout.