This year the Great American Beer Festival in Denver marked its 34th anniversary as the largest beer competition in the world with more than 1,500 brewery entries. The festival, which took place over the weekend, awarded bronze, silver and gold medals in 92 categories.
Of the 275 medals awarded, four Arizona breweries walked away with wins. This year’s gold medal winners were, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery in Chandler for the Magnolia’s Peach in the Fruit/Wheat Beer category and Flagstaff’s Beaver St. Brewery for the R&R Stout in the Oatmeal Stout category.
Bringing home bronze medals were Barrio Brewing Company, hailing from Tucson, for the brewey's Barrio Rojo in the Scottish-Style Ale category and newcomer, Huss Brewing Company out of Tempe for The Husstler in the Sweet/Cream Stout category.
Huss, which has only been open for about two yeas, has quickly become one of the best breweries in the Valley. It's known for "stylistically accurate brews" including That’ll Do IPA, Scottsdale Blonde, and Rise of the Rio schwarzbier, but also for offering some unexpected creations such as the 21Hour Sizzurp, an imperial stout that was made with chocolate and aged in whiskey barrels.
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To see the complete list of 2015 GABF winners, visit the GABF website.