Several breweries from around Missouri took home awards Saturday at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
Each year, breweries from around the country enter their beers to be judged by the festival's panel of industry professionals, who sit together and conduct a blind taste test of the beers in each category. The goal of the panel is to identify the three American beers that best represent each beer-style category.
The festival awards gold, silver and bronze medals in excellence in each of the 107 beer-style categories.
Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing Co. took home a silver medal in the American-Belgo-Style Ale category for its Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, which "begins with strong fruit aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes and tapers off to a dry, peppery finish." River Bluff Brewing in St. Joseph, Missouri, took home the silver medal in the Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale category for its Sandy Dunes Saison, a peppery and fruity unfiltered Belgian style ale.
Springfield Brewing Co. in Springfield, Missouri, took home the silver medal in the American-Style Brown Ale category for its Bull Creek Brown Ale, a medium-bodied brown ale with a nuttiness from the brown malt used in the beer's mash. According to its website, Bull Creek is named for a pristine creek between Ozark, Missouri, and Branson, Missouri, east of Highway 65.
The centuries-old brewing tool is wildly unpredictable, yet can produce unique, terroir-driven beer.
Narrow Gauge Brewing Co. out of Florissant, Missouri, took home the silver medal in the German-Style Sour Ale category for the Meersalz, a Gose-style ale brewed with sea salt and coriander. Also in the St. Louis area, Rockwell Beer Co. took home the bronze in the Kellerbier or Zwickelbier category for its Stand By, a German-style Pilsner that has a malt profile with a "snappy bitterness."
Columbia's Logboat Brewing Co. took home the bronze in the India Pale Lager or Malt Liquor category for its Yeah Buoy IPL, a collaboration with 4 Hands Brewing Co. The beer is made with three kinds of hops and has notes of fruit and pine resin.
In all, the Brewers Association awarded 318 medals to 283 breweries across the U.S. at this year's festival. View the full list of winners here.