Summit Brewing Company is pleased to announce it was one of four Minnesota breweries awarded with a medal at this past weekend’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) beer competition. Summit won a silver medal in the Extra Special Bitter category for its original British-Style India Pale Ale, being rebranded this fall as True Brit IPA. The English IPA and Extra Special Bitter categories share common characteristics along the lines of maltiness and earthy hop balance. True Brit IPA is brewed as a more traditional approach to a British IPA, with a toasty, caramel malt backbone and spicy, herbal hop aroma and flavor. On hand in Denver to receive the medal was bottle house team member Steve Secor, brewer Nate Siats and brewer Jeff Williamson (seen in attached photo with Brewers Association president Charlie Papazian; photo courtesy: Great American Beer Festival).
This is Summit’s eighth GABF medal since the brewery was founded in 1986.
The 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 252 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 beer categories covering 138 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S. Winners were chosen from 4,809 competition entries from 745 breweries, hailing from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C. A complete list of winners can be found here.
Summit Brewing Company
Founded in St. Paul, Minn. in 1986, Summit Brewing Company has stayed close to its roots, serving the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. Summit’s beers are currently available in 17 states including Minnesota, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Summit now produces 13 varieties of premium craft beer, including seven year-round, four seasonal beers, and the limited release Unchained Series and Union Series. Since its inception, the brewery has been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement.