Philadelphia Area Winners from the 2016 Great American Beer Festival

Ruby Stigz and Bob Barrar of 2SP Brewing | Photo via 2SP Brewing

Ruby Stigz and Bob Barrar of 2SP Brewing | Photo via 2SP Brewing

2SP Brewing may have been the upstart winning two medals at this weekend’s Great American Beer Festival but brewer Bob Barrar is hardly a stranger to medal winning success. Barrar won 20 GABF medals over 15 years for Iron Hill Brewery. This year, Barrar’s “The Russian” took home a gold medal in the Imperial Stout category and his Antonym, won a bronze for Belgian- and French-Style Ale.

Not a bad start for 2SP, which opened just over a year ago in Aston, Delaware County. Find 2SP beers at better beer bars across the region or at the tasting room at the brewery. The tasting room is now open seven days a week.

Iron Hill Brewery may have lost Barrar to his own brewery but the federation of brewpubs continued its winning ways. The Phoenixville location locked up a bronze medal for its Bridge Street Bok. It was the 20th year in a row that Iron Hill won at least one medal.

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Philadelphia Area Winners from the 2013 Great American Beer Festival

gabf13_logoFourteen breweries from eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware came away from Denver and the Great American Beer Festival with medals. Neshaminy Creek Brewing, which is just about two years old won a gold for its Churchville Lager. Troegs brought home two medals including gold for Troegenator. The city’s own Yards Brewing, which won its first ever award last year, landed medals for Brawler and Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce.

Iron Hill won a single medal, keeping its consecutive win string going at 16.

This was the largest GABF yet with 740 breweries participating and 4,800 beers being judged. Just 250 medals were awarded.

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Local Winners at GABF

The Great American Beer Festival concluded in Denver on Saturday and several local breweries brought home some hardware. 3,930 beers were judged in 83 categories and 11 local beers were awarded a medal.

Troegs and Weyerbacher brought home gold medals. Troegs also won a silver and Dogfish Head and Iron Hill brought home multiple medals. Pennsylvania was seventh in total medals with seven. Delaware was credited with 6 medals though three went to Iron Hill Brewery locations outside Delaware, including New Jersey’s only medal which went to Iron Hill Maple Shade’s, Chris Lapierre.

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Local Winners Abound At GABF

GABF-gold-medalThe Great American Beer Festival is the biggest brewing industry event in the United States and each year it closes out with a medal ceremony. And of course many local breweries were rightfully honored.

17 local beers won a medal including 7 Golds, among the gold winners were Flying Fish’s Exit 4 and Troegs Troegenator. Troegs and Dogfish Head each completed the trifecta, winning a Gold, Silver and Bronze.

See the complete list after the jump.

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