The Brewers Association (BA) awarded 272 medals* to 240 breweries across the country during the 2020 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awards ceremony. The best beers in 91 beer categories covering 170 different beer styles (including all subcategories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals during a virtual ceremony hosted on The Brewing Network.
Judges for the 34th edition of the celebrated competition evaluated 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Socially distanced judging took place in 35 sessions over 18 days with strict safety measures in place. The awards ceremony was held virtually on Friday evening, kicking off the two-day online programming portion of the Great American Beer Festival.
“This year’s GABF competition may have looked a little different, but the beers entered into the competition were as impressive and innovative as ever,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This has arguably been one of the most challenging years breweries have ever faced, so we hope these awards serve as a symbol not only of brewing excellence but also the resiliency of the craft brewing community as a whole.”
Very Small Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
<1,000 barrels produced in 2019
Five Branches Brewing, Tarpon Springs, FL; Jerry Brown
Small Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by ABS Commercial
1,000 – 14,999 barrels produced in 2019
Big aLICe Brewing Co., Long Island City, NY; Big aLICe Production Team
Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics
15,000 – 6,000,000 barrels produced in 2019
Lost Forty Brewing, Little Rock, AR; Lost Forty Brewing Team
Small Brewpub of the Year – Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
<750 barrels produced in 2019
The Good Society, Seattle, WA; Phil Cammarano & Nick Berger
Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year – Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
750 – 1,500 barrels produced in 2019
Monkless Belgian Ales, Bend, OR; Todd Clement & Chris Dinsdale
Large Brewpub of the Year – Sponsored by Ska Fabricating
Over 1,500 barrels produced in 2019
The Freehouse, Minneapolis, MN; The Freehouse Team
LARGE BREWERIES AND MULTIPLE LOCATION BREWERIES:
Brewery Group of the Year – Sponsored by Live Oak Bank
Over 6,000,000 barrels produced in 2019 or multi-location breweries wishing to compete as a group
Three Creeks Brewing Co., Sisters, OR; Team Three Creeks
*Out of a possible 273 medals in 91 beer style categories, 272 were awarded. The bronze medal was not given in Category 20, Gluten-Free Beer.
This list is compiled and published for the purpose of providing consumer information only. This list likely contains errors and will never be 100% accurate. Results herein are not intended to serve as the basis for any official cumulative results or for the purposes of any marketing campaign, brewing industry statistics or other official or unofficial brewing company, public relations or related efforts. Results are valid at the time of competition. Results herein are not intended to initiate, cause, resolve or finalize any factual disputes regarding brand or brewery information. Brand name information and brand ownership may evolve or change over time. Brewery name and location information may change over time. Persons who encounter what they believe are factual errors in this list may report them by contacting Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup Competition Manager Chris Swersey by email.