Come awards time, Birko loves to point out how many craft breweries use its cleaning products to make award-winning beer. The results tend to speak for themselves. Last week, Birko, a leader in providing sanitation solutions to the craft brewing industry, announced that many of its customers were recognized at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.
“Birko customers took home almost 25 percent of the gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2014 GABF competition,” said Dana Johnson, Birko’s brewery specialist. “Our customers know that Birko’s cleaning and sanitation products help them make a better beer — batch after batch. We’ve consistently earned the reputation of solving our customers’ toughest brewery problems.”
Birko customers Draught Works Brewery, Missoula, Mont., and Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, N.M., won special honors in their respective categories. Draught Works was recognized for “Very Small Brewing Company” and “Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year.” Marble Brewery was named “Small Brewing Company” and “Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year.”
All of the Birko brewery customers that won GABF gold medals:
AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, Calif.
AleSmith Old Numbskull (Barley Wine-Style Ale)
Benchmark Brewing Co., San Diego, Calif.
Oatmeal Stout (Session Beer)
Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka, Kan.
Basil Beer (Herb and Spice Beer)
Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, Colo.
Black IPA (American-Style Black Ale)
CB & Potts Restaurant & Brewery, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
The Weasel (Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest)
The Civil Life Brewing Co., St. Louis, Mo.
Rye Pale Ale (Rye Beer)
Draught Works, Missoula, Mont.
Scepter Head (American-Style Strong Pale Ale)
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Buellton, Calif.
Danish Red Lager (Vienna-Style Lager)
Funkwerks, Fort Collins, Colo.
Raspberry Provincial (Belgian-Style Fruit Beer)
Lion Bridge Brewing Co., Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Workman’s Compensation (English-Style Mild Ale)
Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, N.M.
Double White (Other Strong Beer)
Imperial Red (Imperial Red Ale)
Real Ale Brewing Co., Blanco, Texas
Benedictum (Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale)
Short’s Brewing Co., Elk Rapids, Mich.
Key Lime Pie (Experimental Beer)
Ska Brewing, Durango, Colo.
True Blonde Ale (English-Style Summer Ale)
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, San Diego, Calif.
Witty Moron (Other Belgian-Style Ale)
Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, Ill.
Sour Beer #2 (Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer)
Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, Utah
Squatters Hell’s Keep (Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale)
Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Penn.
Golden Monkey (Belgian-Style Tripel)
Wynwood Brewing Co., Miami, Fla.
Pop’s Porter (Robust Porter)
Click here to see the complete list of this year’s GABF winners.