Inland Empire Breweries Win Major Accolades at Great American Beer Festival

gabf-medalsWe’re a little late with this post here, but it did appear on IEShineOn.com last month. Nevertheless, this is worth including on the Sips, Suds and Spirits blog.

Four different craft brewers from the greater Inland Empire etched their names among the best in the United States by winning medals earlier this month in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival, the most prestigious and important competition in the U.S.

gabf-logo-2016The 30th edition of the competition awarded a total of 286 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the nation. Two local breweries came away with gold medals.

Weins Brewing Co./Weins Family Cellars from Temecula captured a gold medal in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer category for its Apricot Wheat beer.

TAPS Fish House and Brewery in Corona won gold in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer category for its Silent Warrior.

589-nocluebrewRancho Cucamonga’s No Clue Brew won a bronze medal in the Honey Beer category for hits Belgian Honey Blonde Ale, and Packinghouse Brewing Co. from Riverside won bronze in the Irish-Style Red Ale category for Riley’s Irish Red.

More than 1,750 breweries from all 50 states and the District of Columbia submitted a total of 7,227 entries covering 96 beer categories and 161 different beer styles. GABF entries increased by 9 percent over last year and easily surpassed all previous participation records.

The complete list of medal-winning beers is posted at the GABF website.