This weekend, Boise Brewing claimed their second silver medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 96 beer-style categories were announced October 8 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
” I am very honored to bring Idaho another GABF silver medal. Winning back to back years in the same category is a testament to the hard work and dedication to the craft that I’ve put in over the last 11 years and legitimizes the standard that we’ve set at Boise Brewing.” said Lance Chavez, Head Brewer at Boise Brewing. “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to get paid to do what I love to do.”
Boise Brewing was recognized in the American-Style Stout beer-style category for its Black Cliffs American Stout, a hoppy, roasty stout. This is the second time Black Cliffs has received a medal for this category at the Great American Beer Festival. In 2015, Black Cliffs was awarded the silver medal for the same category at the festival.
The 2016 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 264 expert judges from the record number of 7,227 entries, plus 88 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,752 U.S. breweries.
“The innovation, creativity and flavor of American beers was well showcased at this year’s Great American Beer Festival,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This was the most competitive competition to date, with a record number of entries. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated the best of America’s beer culture.”
For more GABF competition information, including the 2016 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.
Photo © 2016 Jason E. Kaplan