West Michigan breweries honored at national beer fest

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Two West Michigan breweries medaled at this year’s Great American Beer Festival competition in Denver.

Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids won silver medals for its Oktoberfest Amber Ale and Robust Porter, and Perrin Brewing Co. of Comstock Park nabbed bronze for its No Rules Field Beer.

Founders and Perrin joined other Michigan breweries like Silver Harbor Brewing Co. in St. Joseph and Stormcloud Brewing Co. in Frankfort, both of which won silver medals. Territorial Brewing Co. in Springfield also won bronze.

The Great American Beer Festival boasts the largest collection of U.S. beer ever assembled. The judging panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence.

Medal distinctions are as follows:

  • Gold: A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.
  • Silver: An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma and appearance.
  • Bronze: A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor deviations in taste, aroma or appearance.

Judges for the 34th edition of the competition evaluated 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Socially distanced judging took place in 35 sessions over 18 days with strict safety measures in place. In total, 272 medals were awarded.

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