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Seeking 15th Great American Beer Festival Medal!

Seeking 15th Great American Beer Festival Medal!

Every year the Brewer’s Association hosts two of the most anticipated events in the craft beer industry for independent breweries. One of those events is the Great American Beer Festival®, which is right around the corner, starting October 1st and going through October 18th.

The Great American Beer Festival represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a privately judged competition. Dubbed by Thrillist as “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die,” GABF has topped beer lovers’ bucket lists since 1982 and unites beer lovers and brewers from all corners of the country to celebrate the nation’s ever-growing craft beer culture.

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Generally, GABF® takes place in Denver, Colorado, at the convention center downtown. Beer enthusiasts and amateurs alike travel from all over the United States, and beyond, to taste beer from over 700 breweries who entered to win medals in more than 100 categories.

The GABF gathers industry professionals from around the world to blindly taste beers in 100+ unique beer-style categories to identify the three beers that best represent each category as described and adopted by the GABF.

The Professional Judge Panel awards gold, silver, or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and heralded by the winning brewers in their national advertising.

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Due to the Covid19 pandemic, The Great American Beer Festival® will not be taking place in Denver; instead, they are hosting a virtual experience. As fun as going to Denver is, I feel this will allow more people to get a taste of GABF® in their hometown, at a fraction of the cost! Participating breweries will be offering special deals and experiences for those who purchase the GABF® Passport. Get yours here

Here at Third Street Aleworks, as we look to win our 15th medal, we will be offering limited-edition apparel and GABF 2020 glassware on our website. Those yielding a GABF® 2020 passport will get a code to receive 15% off merchandise online or in house | 15% off to-go beer (in-house or shipped in CA)

As we enter our 20th year participating in The Great American Beer Festival® competition, we’re in pursuit of our 15th medal! This year we will be defending our 2019 Silver Medal for Annadel Pale Ale in the English-Style or International-Style Pale Ale category. We will also be re-entering Blarney Sisters’ Dry Irish Stout, our most awarded beer, and the world’s most awarded Dry Irish Stout in the world!

Below is the full list of the beers we entered, and their corresponding categories:

Annadel Pale Ale | English-Style or International-Style Pale Ale (4 Time Winner)
Blarney Sisters’ Dry Irish Stout | Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout (6 Time Winner)
Can I Kick It | Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale
Bootleg Baltic Porter | Baltic Style Porter
Bodega Head IPA | American-Style India Pale Ale
Keep Calm & Saison | Classic Saison

The GABF awards ceremony will broadcast (free of charge) on October 16, beginning at 4:00 PM PST; click here to watch and see if we bring home another medal!


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