The Great American Beer Festival invites brewers from across the country to compete against each other. Judges try beers in a blind taste test to determine the winners. This way brand names don’t influence the scoring. As a result, judging is based solely on the flavor and quality of the beer.
Winning a GABF medal is quite the accomplishment, but a new brewery winning is akin to the Eagles winning a Super Bowl! Coincidentally, a brewery from Philadelphia did just that. Attic Brewing in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia won a medal in their first year of operation. Their Bloodhound Brown Ale brought home the silver medal in the English-Style Brown Ale category. This beer is currently on tap at the brewery.
In addition, Attic Brewing isn’t the only PA brewery to win a medal this year. Aurochs Brewing of Emsworth, PA won a gold medal for Best Gluten-Free Beer with their Hazy IPA, and Wallenpaupack took home silver in English Mild or Bitter with their English Pale Mild Ale. Other Pennsylvania breweries won GABF medals in past years as well. These include New Trail Brewing’s Lasy River Pils and 2SP’s Russian Imperial Stout. Don’t sleep on any Pennsylvania breweries because there are many award-winning beers to come.