Northeast Ohio well represented at Great American Beer Festival; Ohio takes home fourteen medals

Denver, Colorado – The state of Ohio is in good hands when it comes to beer. Ohio has had brewers racking up medals for many years. Legacy brewers like Great Lakes Brewing Company and Fat Heads have represented the state for the better part of the last two decades, and while Fat Heads won yet another medal again this year, it’s some very new breweries on the scene that are turning heads.

The state as a total took home fourteen medals at one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world: Five Gold, Four Silver, and Five Bronze. Northeast Ohio represented the entire state well, showing out with ten of the fourteen medals. A Columbus brewery (Columbus Brewing Company and two Cincinnati breweries (MadTree and Brink) rounded out the medals for the Buckeye State. Cincy’s Brink was the only one of the thirteen breweries to take home multiple medals, earning a Gold for their Moozie Milk Stout, and a Silver for Hold The Reins, an English Style Mild Ale.

Locally, gold medals went to Bolivar’s Lockport Brewery for their Gateway Cream Ale, Canton’s Royal Docks for their Pendragon Witbier, and Masthead for their Midwest Red IPA. Silver medals were earned by Maize Valley for their Lock Stock and Brandy Barrel in the Aged Beer category, Barberton’s Ignite Brewing for their Cherry Blonde in the fruited beer category, and Market Garden for their O.G. Nano Lager. Bronze medals went to Medina’s Lagerheads for their Oktoberfest in the Marzen category, Massillon’s Paradigm Shift’s Neighbor Girl Belgian Tripel, Brew Kettles Babee Bock in the Munich Style Dunkel category, and Fat Heads for their Midnight Moonlight in the American Style Black Ale category.

When reached by text, Jake Turner, head brewer of Maize Valley was asked how it felt to be a two time winner. ” amazing!”, he said. When we asked him if we could quote him on that, he excitedly said “Absolutely!” Turner won in 2016 for Monk In Public, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Lauren Marburger, owner of Lockport, could only say she was “still in shock”. Marie Rinehart, one of the six owners of Ignite said, “We’re beyond speechless and so incredibly grateful. Not sure if it has actually sunk in yet.” Their beer won on a category in which 140 entries were submitted. Not bad for a brewery who has yet to even have their official ribbon cutting yet (they Grand Open next weekend, September 28th-30th).

You can see the full list of winners here:

https://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/winners/

editors note: Article has been updated to state Maize Valley last won for Monk In Public in 2016. Previous version said they won last year.

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