The 9 Award Winning KS & MO Beers at the Great American Beer Festival This Year!

We all already know that we've got some great breweries around here. Well now we have even more proof--Kansas and Missouri breweries brought home 9 medals from the Great American Beer Festival competition this year! Our states haven't won that many medals at GABF since 2013. There's a lot of new names on the list too. Two of my favorites, Cinder Block and Wichita Brewing Company, brought home their first medals ever. Also, inexplicably, Schlafly and Side Project have never won a GABF medal before and brought home their first medals this year too.

Now, I'll be the first to admit there's a lot more to winning a medal at GABF than brewing great beer on a regular basis. To wit--Schafly and Side Project make awesome beer always and have never won before! There's a lot of luck involved in winning--you have to have your beer at the peak of freshness, enter the exact right category, and get a good position in the judging flight. You also have to actually enter your beer, which is no small undertaking for most small/new brewers! All that being said it's still a great accomplishment to medal at the fest--just don't stop buying your favorite brewery's beer because they didn't win.

Congratulations to all the medal winners!

Gold Medals:

Springfield Brewing Co. - Bull Creek Brown Ale
Gold - American-Style Brown Ale

Silver Medals:

Wichita Brewing Co. - Shaven Yak Brown
Silver - English-Style Brown Ale

Logboat Brewing Co. - Mamoot English Mild
Silver - English-Style Mild Ale

Schlafly Beer - Pumpkin Ale
Silver - Pumpkin/Squash Beer or Pumpkin Spice Beer

Perennial Artisan Ales - Maman 2017
Silver - Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout

Side Project Brewing - Blended 2017
Silver - Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale

Bronze Medals: 

Cinder Block Brewery - Northtown Native
Bronze - Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest

Perennial Artisan Ales - Working Title
Bronze - Belgian- and French-Style Ale

Charleville Vineyard & Microbrewery - Barrel Aged Barleywine
Bronze - Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

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