North Carolina Brewers Win 8 Medals at GABF

Triple C 3C IPA

Triple C 3C IPA

North Carolina was as well represented as it has ever been at the Great American Beer Festival as medals were presented Saturday. With 92 categories, 275 awarded medals and 6,647 individual beers entered into those categories, North Carolina brewers emerged with eight medals, which is the most won by NC brewers in a single year at the festival.

Of Charlotte brewers, Triple C won bronze for its 3C India Pale Ale (entered in American-Style Strong Pale Ale), and Sycamore won bronze for its Southern Girl Lager (entered in American-Style Lager or Light Lager). Triple C started canning 3C in 2015. It is available in stores throughout the region.

Other 2015 winners include Wicked Weed Brewing’s Pernicious (SILVER, American-Style India Pale Ale), Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery’s Baltic Porter (BRONZE, Baltic-Style Porter), Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Co.’s The Guilty Party (GOLD, Extra Special Bitter), Fonta Flora Brewery’s Beets, Rhymes and Life (GOLD, Field Beer), Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery’s Marzen (BRONZE, German-Style Marzen) and Raleigh Brewing Co.’s The Miller’s Toll (BRONZE, Imperial Stout).

2015 GABF NC Winners

2015 GABF NC Winners

Wicked Weed’s silver medal for Pernicious was particularly impressive as American-Style India Pale Ale was the most competitive category with 336 entries. No South Carolina breweries received medals this year.

For the second straight year, Duck-Rabbit (Farmville) won two medals. In 2014, N.C. brewers received six medals: three golds (Pisgah’s Chocolatized, Fonta Flora’s Irish Table, Wicked Weed’s Mampara), two silvers (Duck-Rabbit’s Marzen, Mystery’s La Querelle) and one bronze (Duck-Rabbit’s Schwarzbier).

A total of 1,552 breweries submitted the 6,647 beer entries, which were judged by the largest-ever panel of GABF judges — 242 from 15 countries.

While there are 276 potential medals, only 275 were issued as judges did not feel any submissions under the “Pumpkin Beer” category warranted a gold medal.

The GABF, first held in 1982, is hosted annually in Denver, Colorado, by the Brewers Association.

Other Competition Highlights from the Brewers Association

Reflecting craft brewing’s sustained excellence nationwide as the industry grows, overall competition highlights include:

  • 38 first-time entering breweries won awards.
  • Top three states by ratio of medals to entries by state:
    • Maine: 21% with 14 entries and three medals
    • Rhode Island: 10% with 10 entries and one medal
    • North Dakota: 8% with 12 entries and one medal
  • Most medals won, with three medals each:
    • Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif. (three medals: two gold, one bronze)
    • Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, Ind. (three medals: one gold, one silver, one bronze)
    • Port City Brewing Co.; Alexandria, Va. (three medals: two silver, one bronze)
    • Left Hand Brewing Co.; Longmont, Colo. (three medals: one gold, two bronze)
  • The 2015 competition saw three new style categories:
    • Category 8: Chili Pepper Beer
    • Category 16: Session India Pale Ale
    • Category 24B: Mixed Culture Brett Beer
  • Since 2002, the most-entered category has been American-Style India Pale Ale (IPA), which saw 336 entries in 2015. The top five entered categories were:
    • American-Style India Pale Ale (336 entries)
    • Imperial India Pale Ale (208 entries)
    • Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (179 entries)
    • Session India Pale Ale (161 entries)
    • American-Style Pale Ale (160 entries)
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