They came; they drank; … they chomped on cheese and jerky necklaces…
We didn’t count all of them individually in this video, but this might be all 49,000 attendees that came in droves to the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. America’s largest celebration of craft beer keeps getting larger — and it was announced at the show that the 2015 festival, to take place from Sept. 24-26, will add an additional 90,000 square feet to its footprint.
The award competition field was huge. One thousand three hundred and nine breweries entered brews (5,507 beers judged in all) across 90 style categories — and a whopping 35 percent identified as first-time entrants.
As always, the American-style India Pale Ale category was one of the most popular with 279 entries. But there could be only three:
The other top category winners, in terms of number of entrants:
The most hilarious winner of the night would have to be Miller Lite in the category of American-Style Lager or Light Lager.
Be sure to check out the full list of winners here
2014 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards
Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year (Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group)
Draught Works, Missoula, Mont.
Draught Works Brew Team
Random Competition Notes
Fifty-two first-time entering breweries won awards.
Four breweries tied for most medals won, with three medals each:
- 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
- Barley Brown’s Brew Pub
- Devils Backbone Brewing Co.–Outpost
- Left Hand Brewing Co.
Top three states by ratio of medals to entries by state:
- New Jersey: 19 percent with 16 entries and three medals
- Alaska: 13 percent with 16 entries and two medals—tied with federal district Washington, D.C.: 13 percent with 8 entries and one medal
- New Mexico: 10 percent with 84 entries and eight medals