2015 Great American Beer Festival Winners

2015 Great American Beer Festival Winners


The 2015 Great American Beer Festival, the largest commercial beer competition on the planet, awarded 275 medals to 242 of the best commercial breweries in the United States. Brewers received gold, silver, and bronze medals for 92 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles. Winners were chosen from a massive pool of entrants, including 6,647 competition entries from 1,552 U.S. breweries.

Here is a printable PDF list of the 2015 Medalists

Here is a statistical summary of this year’s festival courtesy of the Rosen Group’s 9/26 GBAF press release:

· 750 breweries in the festival hall
· 3,800 beers served at the festival
· 60,000 attendees
· 3,400 volunteers (festival and competition combined)
· 1,552 breweries in the competition from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
· 242 medal-winning breweries
· 6,647 beers judged (not including 91 Pro-Am competition entries), a 20 percent increase over 2014
· 92 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition
· 242 judges from 15 different countries
· Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 72 (excludes Pro-Am beers)
· Category with highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale: 336

2015 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 (BSG))

Rip Current Brewery (San Marcos, Calif.)

Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe


Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

(Sponsored by O-I)

Port City Brewing Co. (Alexandria, Va.)

Port City Brewing Co. Team


Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

(Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics)

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, Calif.)

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Team


Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

(Sponsored by Beer Institute)

Pabst Brewing Co. (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Gregory Deuhs


Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year

(Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.)

Melvin Brewing (Jackson, Wyo.)

Kirk McHale and Jeremy Tofte


Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year

(Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG))

TAPS Fish House & Brewery (Corona, Calif.)

TAPS Fish House & Brewery Team


Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year

(Sponsored by Country Malt Group)

Titletown Brewing Co. (Green Bay, Wis.)

David Oldenburg

The winners in the Top 5 most-entered (most competitive) categories were: 

  1. American-Style India Pale Ale (336 entries)

Gold: BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., Revolver IPA (Santee, Calif.)

Silver: Wicked Weed Brewing – Candler, Pernicious IPA (Candler, N.C.)

Bronze: The Brew Kettle Taproom and Smokehouse, White Rajah (Strongsville, Ohio)

  1. Imperial India Pale Ale (208 entries)

Gold: Fat Head’s Brewery, Hop Juju Imperial IPA (Middleburg Heights, Ohio)

Silver: Laurelwood Public House and Brewery, Eazy Duz It IIPA (Portland, Ore.)

Bronze: Breakwater Brewing Co., Teahupo’o (Oceanside, Calif.) 

  1. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (179 entries)

Gold: Nebraska Brewing Co., Melange A Trois (La Vista, Neb.)

Silver: Sun King Brewing Co., Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Bronze: Ska Brewing, Ska Face (Durango, Colo.)

  1. Session India Pale Ale (161 entries)

Gold: Societe Brewing Co., The Coachman (San Diego, Calif.)

Silver: Steel Toe Brewing, Size 4 (St. Louis Park, Minn.)

Bronze: Noble Ale Works, Nose Candy (Anaheim, Calif.)

  1. American-Style Pale Ale (160 entries)

Gold: Central Coast Brewing Co., Monterey St. Pale Ale (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)

Silver: Track 7 Brewing Co. – Natomas, Hoppy Palm (Sacramento, Calif.)

Bronze: Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Featherweight Pale Ale (Golden, Colo.)

Featured Photo Courtesy of greatamericabeerfestival.com

Have a brewery or beer you feel the judges missed? Let us know your top picks from the 2015 GABF in the comments below!