Last week our team had a darn good trip to Colorado and the Great American Beer Festival. In addition to spending three awesome nights pouring thousands of beer samples for the good people of Denver and beyond who came to the festival, we were shocked and thrilled on Saturday morning when Witte, our wheat ale, won a gold medal for Belgian-style Witbiers!
You can read all about the competition and Witte in the press release below. Big congratulations to our entire team, but especially our brewers, packaging, maintenance, quality, warehouse teams who spend day after day making sure our beer is the best it can be. Cheers, team!
Brewery Ommegang brings home gold from 2016 Great American Beer Festival® competition
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Cooperstown, New York’s beautiful Brewery Ommegang is having quite the year. After winning numerous medals plus the top award for mid-sized breweries at the 2016 World Beer CupSM in May, the brewery also won a gold medal at the Great American Beer FestivalR this weekend. Ommegang’s Witte Wheat Ale won top honors in the Belgian-style Witbier category. The GABF’sR annual competition was held in Denver, CO on Saturday, October 8.
In its 30th year, GABFR awarded more than 280 medals to beers from 254 breweries. Witte was one of 85 beers judged in its category this year, and this is the third time Witte has won a medal at the event; it also won silver in 2014 and gold in 2011. This medal is Ommegang’s eighth in GABFR history which includes the three medals for Witte plus gold for Cave-Aged Hennepin in 2004, bronze for Hennepin in 2006, bronze for Rare Vos in 2008, and bronze for Three Philosophers in 2010 and 2013.
“Witte is one of the earliest beers we brewed at Ommegang, and it’s still one of the favorites,” says Phil Leinhart, Ommegang’s Brewmaster. “2016 has been quite a year for our brewery and I’m incredible proud of our entire team, especially our brewers and members of the packaging, maintenance, quality, and warehouse teams.”
According to the Brewers Association, which presents the festival, “GABFR is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence.” The Brewers Association is a not-for-profit trade group that protects and promotes America’s small, independent craft brewers. This year’s GABFR competition boasted 7,227 beers judged in 96 categories, and the beers were from 1,752 breweries from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Judging was completed over the course of five different three-hour judging sessions and by nearly 260 judges from 12 countries plus 170 competition volunteers.
Brewery Ommegang’s sister brewery Firestone Walker from Paso Robles, CA also had a winning day, taking home a gold medal for DBA (Double Barrel Ale) in the Ordinary or Special Bitter category. The full list of GABF award winners can be found here.