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Local Beers Bring Home the Gold from GABF

Iron Hill's Bob Barrar
Iron Hill’s Bob Barrar Photo: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

There’s ample evidence to support all the boasting that Philly is America’s best beer drinking city, but a quick survey of winners from last week’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO reinforces it. From the annual competition that pits hundreds of beers from breweries all over the country against each other in more than 79 categories that cover 133 beer styles, 11 beers brewed in the Philly area brought home medals. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant’s Bob Barrar, Head Brewer of its Media location, won gold medals for his Pig Iron Porter in the Robust Porter category, and Russian Imperial Stout in the Imperial Stout category, according to the Brewsheet, Iron Hill brewer Chris LaPierre’s blog. This is the eighth consecutive year that Barrar has “medaled” in the annual competition. In all he has racked up a total of 14 GABF wins. Company-wide, Iron Hill has won 32 medals in 14 years. Click through to see what other local beers brought home medals.

Gold Medal Winners:

Stoudts Heifer-In-Wheat, Stoudt Brewing Co., Adamstown, Pa.; South German-style Hefeweizen

Saison Vautour, McKenzie Brew House, Malvern; French- and Belgian-style Saison

Flying Mouflan, Troegs Brewery, Harrisburg; Barley Wine-Style Ale

Silver Medal Winners:

Hop Back Amber Ale, Troegs Brewery, Harrisburg; American-Style Amber/Red Ale

Kellerbier, Triumph Brewing Co., Philadelphia; Kellerbier/Zwickelbier

Dunkel Lager, Triumph Brewing Co., Philadelphia; European-Style Dunkel

Troegenator, Troegs Brewery, Harrisburg; Bock

Bronze Medal Winners:

Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Easton; Field Beer

The Jaspers, Bullfrog Brewery, Williamsport, Pa.; Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

Iron Hill wins two gold medals at the GABF!!! [The Brewsheet]

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Local Beers Bring Home the Gold from GABF