Walking Tree Brewery was awarded the bronze medal for Imperial Stout at this year’s Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, Colorado. Taking home any award from this competition is considered one of the brewing industry’s highest honors. Accolades for Walking Tree Brewery in their first year of operation now include:
BRONZE MEDAL: (2017 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®) for DUKE SNIDER’S IMPERIAL STOUT
Best Beer in Florida: (2017 Best Florida Beer Championships) for Barnacled Manatee Barleywine
Gold Medal: (2017 Best Florida Beer Championships) for Barnacled Manatee Barleywine
Silver Medal: (2017 Best Florida Beer Championships) for Duke Snider’s Imperial Stout
Bronze Medal: (2017 Best Florida Beer Championships) for White Walking Tree IPA
Best Small Brewery: (2017 Best Florida Beer Championships)
The 2017 Great American Beer Festival ®(GABF)® competition awarded 293 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF® Pro-Am medals to teams of homebrewers paired with professionals. Presented by the Brewers Association (BA), GABF® is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and the premier symbol of brewing excellence.
In a ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, award-winning breweries received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 98 beer categories covering 161 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country. Winners were chosen out of 7,923 competition entries from 2,217 breweries in 50 states plus Washington, D.C. (a 15 percent and 24 percent increase respectively from the 7,301 entries and 1,783 breweries in 2016).
The competition took place in six sessions over a period of three days and was judged by 276 beer experts from 13 countries, including the U.S. In addition to commercial brewery entries, the judging panel also evaluated 118 Pro-Am entries. The competition was made possible with the help of 365 volunteers.