Thursday, 13 October 2016 13:45

West Michigan breweries earn medals in Great American Beer Fest

Written by  Joe Boomgaard
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Cedar Springs Brewing Co. represented at the Great American Beer Fest Cedar Springs Brewing Co. represented at the Great American Beer Fest PHOTO: Brewers Association

Six West Michigan breweries had a little something extra in their luggage when they headed home from the Great American Beer Fest held last week in Denver — and no, it wasn’t related to a certain legal herb in Colorado.

In fact, the half-dozen breweries had beers that earned medals for being at the top of their class.

While West Michigan brewers were shut out from winning a gold medal, both Bell’s Brewery Inc. and Founders Brewing took home silver medals. Brewery Vivant, Cedar Springs Brewing Co., Latitude 42 Brewing Co. (Portage) and Railtown Brewing Co. (Dutton) took home bronze medals.

Two Michigan breweries took home gold medals, River’s Edge Brewing Co. in Milford for Dirty Frank Stout and Wolverine State Brewing Co. of Ann Arbor for Raucher.

Altogether, 1,752 breweries from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. entered 7,227 beers into the competition, which was judged over four days by 264 judges. Among the judges was Fred Bueltmann, the vice president of brand and lifestyle at New Holland Brewing Co.

The following Michigan beers were winners in the Great American Beer Fest competition.

1. Category: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Brewery: Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids
Beer: Angelina
Medal: Bronze
Number of entries: 64

2. Category: Aged Beer
Brewery: Bell’s Brewery Inc., Comstock/Kalamazoo
Beer: Expedition Stout
Medal: Silver
Number of entries: 40

3. Category: American-Style Cream Ale
Brewery: Detroit Beer Co., Detroit
Beer: Broadway Light
Medal: Bronze
Number of entries: 65

4. Category: English-style India Pale Ale
Brewery: ROAK Brewing, Royal Oak
Beer: Live Wire
Medal: Bronze
Number of entries: 43

5. Category: Imperial Red Ale
Brewery: Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids
Beer: reDANKulous
Medal: Silver
Number of entries: 62

6. Category: German-style Wheat Ale
Brewery: Cedar Springs Brewing Co., Cedar Springs
Beer: Küsterer Original Weißbier
Medal: Bronze
Number of entries: 33

7. Category: Classic Irish-style Dry Stout
Brewery: Latitude 42 Brewing Co., Portage
Beer: Bangin The Mash
Medal: Bronze
Number of entries: 41

8. Category: Export Stout
Brewery: River’s Edge Brewing Co., Milford
Beer: Dirty Frank Stout
Medal: Gold
Number of entries: 43

9. Category: Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
Brewery: Railtown Brewing Co., Dutton
Beer: Good Mooed Milk Stout
Medal: Bronze
Number of entries: 71

10. Category: Smoke Beer
Brewery: Wolverine State Brewing Co., Ann Arbor
Beer: Raucher
Medal: Gold
Number of entries: 65

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