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Boscos wins gold, Ghost River gets silver at 2011 Great American Beer Festival

October 04, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

GABFMemphis-based craft breweries Boscos and Ghost River Brewing each won a medal this weekend in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival, the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

Boscos Hefeweizen took gold in the category of German-style Wheat Ale (out of 23 entries). It was the fourth win for the Hefeweizen at GABF. The Boscos wheat beer previously won gold in 2005 and 2007 and a silver medal in 2006.

Meanwhile, Boscos’ sister brewery, Ghost River, took the silver medal in the Irish-style Red Ale category (31 entries) for the Ghost River Copperhead Red.

“The medal for Ghost River is our first and of course that is exciting,” said Chuck Skypeck, founding partner for both Ghost River and Boscos.

Skypeck said Boscos, which enters the competition as a “brewpub group” that allows it promote the win across all its breweries, held mini-competitions among its brewpubs to determine which specific beer to send.

“The Hefeweizen in this case came from Nashville, but could have just as easily come from Memphis or Little Rock,” Skypeck said.

This year 3,930 beers were vying for medals at the Great American Beer Festival, with the number of entries up 11 percent over 2010. Entries were received from 526 breweries in 48 states plus Puerto Rico.

Award-winners received gold, silver and bronze medals in 83 beer categories covering 134 beer styles (including subcategories). A total of 248 medals were awarded.

Check out all the winners here.

GABF’s most competitive category was American-Style India Pale Ale, with 176 entries. Four new beer styles were judged at the 2011 GABF, including Fruit Wheat Beer (48 entries), Chocolate Beer (30 entries), American-Style Brett Ale (31 entries) and International-Style Pale Ale (20 entries).

In addition to the medals won by Boscos and Ghost River, Big River Grille and Brewing in Chattanooga was the other Tennessee winner. The brewpub won a bronze medal for its Rocket Red in the American-Style Amber/Red Ale category (82 entries).

Congrats to the Tennessee winners at GABF!

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