Five Utah breweries snagged six medals at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) on Saturday.
The six-pack of medals appears to be the most won by Utah breweries in a single GABF since Beehive State brewers brought home eight in 2012.
Shades Brewing won gold, making it two straight years the South Salt Lake brewery’s earned a top honor.
Red Rock Brewery went home with two medals — a silver and a bronze — at the annual event in Denver.
This time, its Thai Tom Kha beat out 118 other entries to win gold in the Herb and Spice Beer category.
According to GABF, gold is awarded to: “A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma, and appearance.”
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Red Rock, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, earned silver for its Marvella in the Belgian-Style Tripel category (83 entries). It also pocketed a bronze for its White Rainbow White IPA in the American-Belgo-Style Ale category (41 entries).
Two of Utah’s newer breweries — neither yet a year old — also earned coveted medals at the prestigious competition.
T.F. Brewing, which opened in late October last year, won silver for its Rauch Bier. It beat out 59 other entries in the Smoke Beer category.
And Level Crossing Brewing, a South Salt Lake brewery that opened in March, earned a bronze medal for its Suss it Out Rye IPA (Rye Beer, 53 entries).
The 2019 GABF competition featured nearly 9,500 beers from 2,295 breweries, according to PorchDrinking.com. The beers spanned more than 100 categories.
View the complete list of winners.
GABF: Utah Winners (category in parentheses)
Level Crossing Brewing
- Bronze — Suss it Out (13 – Rye Beer)
Red Rock Brewery
- Silver — Marvella (93 – Belgian-Style Tripel)
- Bronze — White Rainbow (23 – American-Belgo-Style Ale)
- Gold — Thai Tom Kha (8 – Herb and Spice Beer)
Squatters Craft Beers
- Silver — Hell’s Keep (86 – Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale)
- Silver — Rauch Bier (35 – Smoke Beer)
In addition, Uinta Brewing picked up the award for Best Booth at GABF. It’s the third time the Salt Lake-based brewery earned the title.
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