A couple of weeks ago our team made the annual trek out to Denver, Colorado for the granddaddy of beer fests, the Great American Beer Festival, otherwise known simply as GABF. We joined over 600 breweries on the Colorado Convention Center floor, pouring 20 of our damn tasty beers for around 49,000 craft beer fanatics. The Brewers Association folks who put on the festival say over 3,100 different beers were poured, one ounce at a time, for thirsty festival goers. But that’s not all…
GABF is also the world’s largest beer competition. Over 4,800 beers were entered by 732 different breweries for a chance to win one, or several, of the 252 medals that would be hung around the brewers’ necks and later on brewery walls. GABF has always been kind to us with 42 medals won since Jubelale and Mirror Pond Pale Ale first brought back a pair in 1990. This year would be no different as our Gluten Free beer and Sagefight Imperial IPA both won Silver.
These awards were meaningful to us in different ways. Batch #67 won the third GABF medal for our Gluten Free beers, something we have labored on since 2008. “As we continue to perfect our gluten free recipe, it’s reassuring to win another medal for our efforts,” says Assistant Brewmaster Veronica Vega.
Sagefight, on the other hand, is a relatively new beer that won in the Indigenous beer style category. What makes this beer indigenous, you ask? Well, it was brewed with hand-picked Juniper berries and Sagebrush leaves by our brewers here in the high desert of Central Oregon. This was only the third time we have brewed this beer, which has become a favorite of our Bend Pub patrons.
We are proud to bring these medals home and contribute to Oregon’s best medal count (25) ever at GABF. But most importantly we are proud to brew these beers for our fans who drink our beers every day. It’s your vote that matters the most. Cheers!