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Lager Roots

Local brewers did better than ever at the Great American Beer Festival last week and they did it with in lagers, harking back to the region’s brewing roots.

The fourteen medals won by Philly-area brewers last weekend at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver was the best showing ever for the locals. More than that, it was a tribute to some of the region’s classics.

Often, the awards go to fairly obscure brewpub varieties that are brewed especially for the competition. While those beers show off a brewer’s talents, you’d be hard-pressed to find them on tap.

This year, though, some old names – names that you might’ve forgotten about in the pursuit of the next new thing – brought home the hardware.

Joe Sixpack | At lager-heads at beer fest, and at last: Victory [Philadelphia Daily News]
Joe Sixpack [Official Site]

PA Brewers Bringing Home Medals

Pennsylvania has a great brewing tradition that continues today and this past weekend it was acknowledged at The Great American Beer Festival in Denver Colorado. Phoenixville’s Sly Fox Brewing was awarded a gold medal for Pikeland Pils and a bronze for their Instigator Bock. Downingtown’s Victory Brewing Co. picked up a gold medal for their seasonal Festbier and silver for their Prima Pils. Harrisburg’s Tröegs is enjoying the shine of gold for their Troegenator.

Local brew pubs also brought home some hardware with the McKenzie Brew House getting a gold and bronze medal. Rock Bottom King of Prussia received a gold for its Broad Street Barleywine and Iron Hill Media took home a bronze for its Kriek de Hill, a Belgian style sour beer.

Great American Beer Festival [Official Site]
2007 Medal Winners [Official Site]

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