Great American Beer Festival

2015 Oregon Great American Beer Festival Medal Winners & Photos!

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pFriem Family Brewers after their Silver Medal win at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival © The New School

Oregon breweries won 19 medals at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) awards last Saturday in Denver, Colorado, down from 21 in 2014 but still a strong take. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 29th year, the 2015 competition surpassed all previous participation records, exceeding last year’s record-setting competition.

Winners were chosen from 6,647 competition entries (20 percent more than in 2014) from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.


10 Barrel Brewing accepting their GABF awards © The New School

Oregon Breweries brought home 7 gold medals, 7 silver medals, and 5 bronzes.  The Portland metro area brought back 7 medals, Central Oregon won 4 medals, the Willamette Valley won 3, Eastern Oregon and the Coast won 2 medals each, and Mt. Hood/The Gorge won one medal.

Barley Brown’s brewer Eli Dickison and Bend Brewing’s brewer Ian Larkin © The New School

Barley Brown’s Brewing (Baker City, OR), Bend Brewing (Bend, OR), and 10 Barrel Brewing (Bend, OR) were our top medal winners with 2 medals each.

Fat Head’s Portland’s head brewer Michael Hunsaker with his GABF Gold © The New School

I was especially stoked to see pFriem Family Brewers (Hood River, OR) earn a silver medal for Pilsner and Fat Head’s PDX win a gold for its Blitzkrieg Bock, brewer Michael Hunsaker’s first attempt ever at brewing a bock. Portland’s own Old Town Brewing also pulled out a prestigious gold in the English-style IPA category. Also of note, Block 15 Brewing Co. won a GOLD in the equally prestigious Belgian-style Lambic or Sour Ale category for Turbulent Consequence Peche, a beer that will be featured at the upcoming Peche Fest.
The 2015 GABF Competition winners were selected by an international panel of 244 beer experts from an impressive field of 6,647 entries received from 1,572 U.S. breweries.
2015 GABF Medal Winners made by Oregon Breweries or by Oregon Brewing Companies:
Beer Name
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
American-Style Stout
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
German-Style Sour Ale
Cucumber Crush
Barley Brown’s Beer
American-Style Strong Pale Ale
Ratchet Strap IPA
Barley Brown’s Brewpub
American-Style Stout
Disorder Stout
Bend Brewing Co.
American-Style Dark Lager
Black Diamond
Bend Brewing Co.
German-Style Sour Ale
Block 15 Brewing
Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale
Turbulent Consequence, Peche
Fat Head’s Brewery
Rye Beer
Blitzkrieg Bock
Gigantic Brewing Co.
Old Ale or Strong Ale
Golden Valley Brewery & Pub
English-Style Summer Ale
Beaverton Blonde
Ground Breaker Brewing
Gluten-Free Beer
IPA No. 5
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Imperial India Pale Ale
Eazy Duz It IIPA
Lompoc Brewing – The 5th Quadrant
American-Style Amber/Red Ale
Proletariat Red
Mazama Brewing Co.
American-Style Fruit Beer
Old Town Brewing Co.
English-Style India Pale Ale
Shanghai’d IPA
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Scotch Ale
MacPelican’s Wee Heavy Ale
pFriem Family Brewers
German-Style Pilsener
Rogue Ales
Specialty Beer
Hazelnut Brown Nectar
The Commons Brewery
Belgian- and French-Style Ale
Petite Classique

Pelican Brewing’s Darron Welch and 10 Barrel PDX’s Whitney Burnside © The New School

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact:

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