Announcing the 2021 Great American Beer Festival® winners

The judgment took place in 34 sessions over 17 days with strict health and safety measures in place. A total of 170 judges assessed 9,680 entries from 2,192 breweries from 50 states and over Washington DC, and Porto Rico. The award ceremony took place at the Bellco Theater in Denver Friday night at the Craft Brewers Conference® and was broadcast live on The Brewing Network.

To enable fall hop harvest and beer production, and to include Fresh Hop beers in this prestigious competition, 78 Fresh Hop Beer category entries will compete in early October, with winners announced Friday, October 15.

“Although forced to cancel the festival portion of the GABF, our brewing community rallied to make this year’s GABF competition one for books – our biggest judged competition to date,” said Chris Swersey, Competition Director, Great American Beer Festival. “The judges continue to be impressed with the quality and innovation of all the entries they have evaluated. The Brewers Association is proud to honor this year’s deserving recipients. We look forward to celebrating together in person next year.

As previously announced, the Great American Beer Festival will be celebrating its 40th anniversary 6-8 October 2022, to Colorado Congress center in Denver.

View the 2021 winners or download a PDF list of winners.

GABF competition statistics

  • 35th edition of the GABF competition
  • 9,680 beers judged
  • 2,192 breweries competing in all 50 states and more Washington DC, and Porto Rico
  • 170 judges
  • Average number of competition beers registered in each category: 99.6
  • Category with the most entries: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (427)
  • 290 medals in total awarded
  • 265 medal-winning breweries
  • 425 first-time entrants to the GABF
  • 30 GABF medalists for the first time

The winners of the five most entered categories were:

Category 64: JUICY OR MIST INDIA PALE ALE (427 entries) – Sponsored by Antigo Zeon
OR: DeadHead IPA Series: TourBus – Brasserie DESTIHL, Normal, IL
SILVER: Art is hard – North Park Beer Co., San diego, california
BRONZE: Blissed – Attitude Brewing Co., San diego, california

Category 63: AMERICAN STYLE INDIA WHITE BEER (404 entries) – Sponsored by Micro Matic
GOLD: Volatile Substance – Von Ebert Brewing – Pearl, Portland, OR
SILVER: JAF IPA – Brewery JAFB Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
BRONZE: Bullitt – All Season Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA

Category 25: AMERICAN SOUR ALE FRUITÉE (249 entries) – Sponsored by Amoretti
OR: Sherbet Drip – Fall River Brewing Co., Redding, California
SILVER: Tropical Hurt Locker – Short Fuse Brewing Co., Schiller Park, Illinois
BRONZE: Rasmine – Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Raleigh, North Carolina

Category 80: GERMAN WHEAT BALE (226 entries)
OR: Hefeweizen – Brasserie JAFB Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
SILVER: Küsterer Original Weissbier – Cedar Springs Brewing Co., Cedar Springs, Michigan
BRONZE: Hazy Skies Hefeweizen – Pilot Brewing Co., Charlotte, North Carolina

Category 43: GERMAN PILSENER (210 entries) – Sponsored by John I Haas, Inc.
OR: Meanwhile Pilsner – Meanwhile Brewing Co., Austin, Texas
SILVER: Rail Pass – Bingo Beer Co., Richmond, Virginia
BRONZE: Golem Czech Pils – Gemüt Biergarten, Columbus, Ohio

The highest number of medals won by an individual brewery:

Moontown Brewing Co. – Whitestown, IN – 3 medals
SILVER: Moonlite – 40: American Cream Ale
BRONZE: 40th parallel – 44: Bohemian pilsener
BRONZE: Skool House Bock – 51: Bock

In addition, 15 breweries won two medals.

Brewery of the year
(See the criteria here)

0 – 250 barrels
Radiant Beer Co., Anaheim, California; André Bell & Team Radiant Beer Co.

251 – 500 barrels Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
Main & Six Brewing Co., Jacksonville, Florida; Dennis espinosa & Alex Leuthold

501 – 1,000 barrels Sponsored by Fermentis
Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN; Cody peczkowski

1,001 – 2,000 barrels – Sponsored by Commercial ABS
Cloudburst Brewery, Seattle, WA; Steve Luc & Zach Kornfeld

2,001 – 5,000 barrels – Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
Short Fuse Brewing Co., Schiller Park, Illinois; Brian Lagro & Craig kofod

5,001 – 15,000 barrels – Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics
Sudwerk Brewery Co., Davis, California; Sudwerk team

15,001 – 100,000 barrels – Sponsored by Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME; Allagash team

Brewery Group – Sponsored by Bank of live oaks
More than 100,000 barrels produced in 2020 or multi-site breweries wishing to compete as a group
Metazoa Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN; Metazoa Brewing Team

Editor’s Note: Photos for media use are available on the GABF website.

* Of the 291 possible medals in 97 beer style categories, 290 were awarded. The gold medal was not awarded in category 96: Scotch Ale. The winners of the Fresh Hop Beer category will be awarded in mid-October.

The 2021 Great American Beer Festival competition was made possible in part by the generous support of its sponsors.

About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association (BA) is the non-profit trade association dedicated to small independent American brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents more than 5,400 American breweries. The BA Independent Craft Brewer Seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers from small independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Oktoberfest®, Conference of Craft Brewers® & BrewExpo America®, ENJOY: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience, Homebrew ConMT, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The new brewer® magazine and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the United States. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the vibrant world of craft beer at® and on homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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