Studio Brew received a silver medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 98 beer-style categories were announced October 7 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
What an amazing journey this has been. “As Pam & I stood on stage receiving our medal I had a flash back to the day I brewed my first beer in a 5-gallon bucket as a homebrewer in 2008 thinking ‘I finally found what I wanted to do in life’. Fast forward to 2017 here we are on stage accepting this award on behalf of Studio Brew and for the amazing group of people who are Studio Brew. We are so proud in sharing this award with our friends and craft beer fans throughout VA & TN and the Tri-Cities because they are part of the Studio Brew Family as well,” said Erich Allen, Co-Owner and Master Brewer at Studio Brew. The Brewery was recognized in the Oatmeal Stout beer-style category for “The Ferguson,” a rich, opulent dark British style ale brewed with savory whole rolled oats, deep-roasted malts, chocolatey cocoa nibs, and creamy milk sugar.
The 2017 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 276 expert judges from 7,923 entries, plus 118 Pro-Am entries, received from 2,217 U.S. breweries. “Each year the Great American Beer Festival showcases the best that American brewers have to offer,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “With a record 8,000 + entries, this year’s competition was the most competitive to date. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated why the U.S. is the world’s best and most diverse brewing nation.” For more GABF competition information, including the 2017 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.
When I chatted with Erich last week, he wanted to point out that winning this medal was a team effort. The brew crew had only been together for about 5 weeks when they brewed this batch, without any trial and try again, which is unusual in the industry. He also wanted me to mention that he really appreciates all the good wishes and kudos from the local brewing community. Studio Brew feels like they won this for the region, and any award like this will only help attract attention to our vibrant local craft brewing industry. Good for them!
By Paul Kavanaugh
Photo: “The Ferguson” Wins Prestigious Brewing Honor in Oatmeal Stout Category