'Bone head' judges honor Denver brewery

SandLot captures 7 GABF medals in record-sized competition

Oct 2, 2005 - Editor's note: This story was edited on Oct. 13 to reflect an announced change in results after an internal audit by GABF organizers.


SandLot Brewery at Coors Field set a Great American Beer Festival record by capturing seven of the 206 medals awarded in the Professional Panel Blind Tasting competition. The festival itself attracted 29,500 beer lovers over three days to sample more than 1,600 beers served at the Colorado Convention Center.

The brewery, owned by Coors, also generated one of the loudest cheers during the awards ceremony Saturday in Denver when the name of its silver-medal winning European-Style Pilsener was announced: "Most Beer Judges Are Bone Heads."

SandLot was honored as Samll Brewing Company of the Year. Anheuser-Busch won Large Brewing Company of the Year and New Glarus Brewing in Wisconsin captured Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year.

Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery No. 3 in Wilmington, Del., won Large Brewpub of the Year, and Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, Ore., won Small Brewpub of the Year. Pelican also won Small Brewpub honors in 2000, and this year just edged 2003 and 2004 winner Pizza Port Solana Beach.

The GABF competition drew a record 2,335 beers in 69 categories, with 109 judges hailing from seven countries. The most popular category was American-Style India Pale Ale with 102 entries.

All the results.