Old Town Brewing Wins Gold Medal at 2015 Great American Beer Festival®


It was a golden year for Portland’s  Old Town Brewing ® (OTB®) at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) last weekend. Old Town won a gold medal in the highly contentious English-style IPA category for its Shanghai’d IPA.

“This has been an incredible year for Old Town, from debuting in bottles, to our offbeat, noteworthy mushroom ale, this award is an amazing culmination of all our hard work, and we’re incredibly honored,” said Adam Milne, owner of Old Town Brewing Co. “We are thrilled to be a part of GABF, representing the Oregon brew scene and celebrating with our industry colleagues, and couldn’t be more pleased with our success at this year’s festival.”

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OTB was recognized in the English-Style India Pale Ale category for its Shanghai’d IPA. A nod to Old Town’s most storied history, this is a medium-bodied IPA with grapefruit, resinous and piney hop aroma and flavors balanced by a touch of malt sweetness. OTB is a 7-barrel brewpub located in Portland, OR, whose high-quality craft beer is inspired by the Pacific Northwest’s unique ingredients, spirit, and culture. A reflection of its surroundings, OTB creates a fundamentally Portland beer drinking experience for its consumers.  The brewery began selling its award winning beers in bottles across Oregon in 2015, making its exceptional brews available to even more of Oregon’s craft beer enthusiasts.

The 2015 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 222 expert judges from the record number of over 6,700 entries, plus 89 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,309 U.S. breweries.

“Once again the Great American Beer Festival brings the best of the best together in one place,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager. “At a time when American brewers offer so much variety, it’s a true honor to be recognized as one of the finest. Our greatest gratitude to the winners and all entrants whose innovative and outstanding beers help make this such an esteemed competition.”


About Old Town Brewing Co.

Old Town Brewing (OTB) opened in northeast Portland, Ore., in 2011 with an emphasis on crafting its beer to reflect the spirit, values, history and personality of Portland and the Northwest. OTB is the first brewery in the country to deliver beer and pizza by bike straight to consumers, rain or shine. Reclaimed materials were extensively incorporated into the design of the LEED Gold brewery, evoking an atmosphere of Northwest authenticity and sustainability.

Owner Adam Milne opened OTB to complement his Old Town Pizza® location in Portland’s historic Old Town neighborhood. A devoted Old Town Pizza customer since celebrating his ninth birthday at the restaurant, Milne purchased Old Town Pizza from the original owners, the Accuardi family, in 2003. For more information visit www.otbrewing.com and www.oldtownpizza.com.

GABF Gold medal for Shanghai’d IPA is among the most coveted awards in the brewing industry

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