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Tennessee’s Boscos, Yazoo win medals at Great American Beer Festival in Denver

October 14, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Boscos' Adam Hargrove at GABF

Adam Hargrove, head brewer at Boscos Squared in Memphis, pours beer at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Boscos won silver for its Isle of Skye Scottish Ale.

DENVER — Two Tennessee brewing companies took home medals Saturday at the Great American Beer Festival, the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

Memphis-based Boscos Brewing Co. won silver in the Scottish-Style Ale category for its Isle of Skye Scottish Ale. It was the first win at GABF for the Isle of Skye and brought Boscos’ total GABF medal count to 11, going back to the year 2000.

With a medal draped around his neck, Boscos founding partner Chuck Skypeck was beaming Saturday evening at the Boscos GABF booth, talking beer and answering questions about the Isle of Skye.”It’s always nice to win medals,” he said.

Boscos enters the competition as a “brewpub group” that allows it promote the win across all its breweries, from Little Rock to Memphis to Nashville. The winning beer was brewed in Nashville.

Meanwhile, Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Co. won a bronze medal for the Yazoo Hefeweizen, which was entered into the South German-Style Hefeweizen category. The medal was Yazoo’s third overall at GABF and second for the Hefeweizen, which won gold in 2004.

We are always proud of our Hefeweizen, from its use of only authentic German wheat malt and a true German yeast, to our use of the traditional form of bottle-conditioning using only high-krausen wort (where a portion of hefeweizen made the night before is added just before bottling, undergoing a secondary fermentation in the bottle),” Linus Hall, Yazoo’s brewmaster and owner, wrote Saturday on the Yazoo blog. “We always love when German tourists in Nashville give a suspicious glance when we recommend our hefe – only to say ‘it’s guut!’ when they drink it!  But it’s especially nice to win a medal for it, at the equivalent of the Oscars for brewers.”

The Great American Beer Festival competition awarded 254 medals Saturday to some of the best commercial breweries in the country. Award-winning brewers received gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 beer categories covering 134 different beer styles. Winners were chosen from 4,338 entries from 666 breweries, hailing from 48 states, Washington, D.C. and Guam.

Check out all the winners here.

Yazoo guys at GABF

Justin and Ryan from Yazoo Brewing Company, seen on the big screen at the GABF awards ceremony, pick up their medals from Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association.

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