Florida Craft Breweries Earn Medals at Great American Beer Festival

GABF logo 150x150 Florida Craft Breweries Earn Medals at Great American Beer FestivalNote: An important update was made to this post after it was first published.

The medals competition at the Great American Beer Festival is over, and five Florida breweries each brought home a medal: two bronzes, two silvers and one gold.

Here are the Florida medalists, the beers and the categories:

  • Florida Beer Company, Melbourne: Florida Beer Florida Lager, bronze, (American-Style Amber Lager – 58 entries)
  • Big River Grille and Brewing, Lake Buena Vista: Rocket Red, bronze (American Style Amber/Red Ale – 82 entries). *
  • Tequesta Brewing Co., Tequesta: Bock in Bock, silver (Rye Beer – 36 entries).
  • Brewzzi, West Palm Beach: Cityfest, silver (Vienna-style lager – 32 entries).
  • Cigar City Brewing, Tampa: Minaret ESB, gold (Extra Special Bitter – 43 entries).

* The medal for Big River was left out in a previous version of this post. The GABF listed it as being entered from the brewery’s home office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but it was brewed by Kent Waugh at the Florida location.

According to the Brewers Association, a total of 248 medals were awarded in the competition, and 526 breweries from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico entered 3,930 beer for judging, which included 86 Pro-Am competition entries. There were 83 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition.

Also, JJ Taylor Distributing Florida Inc. of Tampa was honored with the Craft Beer Distributor Achievement Award in the Craft Beer Distributor of the Year competition.

Congratulations to the breweries bringing medals home to Florida.

Here’s a complete list of the winners.

 

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6 Responses to Florida Craft Breweries Earn Medals at Great American Beer Festival

  1. Sara Waugh says:

    You can add Disney’s Big River Brewery to that list. Kent Waugh won a bronze for the Rocket Red (listed under the founder/parent company in Chattanooga)

    • Gerard Walen says:

      I am so sorry, Sara. I knew Kent had entered the Rocket Red, but when they announced it was from Chattanooga, I was confused. Thanks so much for clearing that up, and congratulations to Kent for the well-deserved medal. The post has been updated.

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