The Great American Beer Festival, a premier U.S. beer festival and competition held in Denver, awarded gold, silver and bronze medals during a virtual ceremony. The Brewers Association (BA) awarded 272 medals* to 240 breweries across the country. The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) announced that 16, out of the 240 breweries to earn medals, are located in the Commonwealth.

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.

“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,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager of the Great American Beer Festival.

The following Virginia breweries were awarded at the Great American Beer Festival. Click here for the full list of winners.

Gold Medals

Lost Rhino Brewing Co. – RhinO’fest, Vienna-Style Lager
O’Connor Brewing Co. – ODIS, Stout
Skipping Rock Beer Co. – Baltic Porter, International Dark Lager
Smartmouth Brewing Co. – Safety Dance, Kellerbier/Zwickelbier
Sweetwater Tavern (Centreville) – Crazy Jackass Ale, Rye Beer

Silver Medals

Bear Chase Brewing Co. – Kodiak Kolsch, German-Style Koelsch
Blue Mountain Brewery – Summer Lovin’, English Ale
Precarious Beer Project – Fortune & Glory, Bohemian-Style Pilsener
Rocket Frog Brewing Co. – Wallops Island, American-Style Brown Ale

Bronze Medals

Barley Naked Brewing Co. – Irish Prenup, Sweet Stout/Cream Stout
Beale’s – Plumpricot, Specialty Berliner-Style Weisse
Big Ugly Brewing – Steady As She Gose – P.O.G., Contemporary Gose
Old Bust Head Brewing – Vixen, Irish-Style Red Ale
Port City Brewing Co. – Oktoberfest, Vienna-Style Lager
Random Row Brewing Co. – Mosaic Pale Ale, Juicy/Hazy Pale Ale
Skipping Rock Beer Co. – Amber Lager, American Amber Lager

*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.

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