Six packs of the brew will be available for purchase as early as September 10
Rockford, Mich. – Rockford Brewing Company (RBC) will be releasing and distributing its award-winning English-style Brown Ale, Rogue River Brown, in 12-ounce six-pack cans this month. Rogue River Brown can be found on shelves as early as Monday, September 10 and will be distributed statewide.
“We chose to can and distribute this beer because it’s been a customer and staff favorite for a long time,” said Seth Rivard, co-owner of RBC. “We want to be able to show craft beer enthusiasts across the state why this beer was has won multiple awards.”
Rogue River Brown has won two bronze awards from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in 2015 and 2017. These awards are significant because the judges at the Great American Beer Festival include beer experts from all around the world who blind taste more than 8,000 entries.
Rogue River Brown is described as having caramel, dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors.
“It’s the perfect everyday companion,” said Aaron Trapp, sales manager at RBC. “It’s complex yet smooth—perfect for both new and seasoned craft beer drinkers.”
The 12-ounce can design was inspired by RBC’s passion for nature and outdoor activities. The can sports the pattern of a brown trout and the RBC logo, which is a fly popular among fly fishermen. Located on the White Pine Trail, Rockford Brewing Company incorporates elements of nature into the business from its brewpub design to the popular community events it hosts, including bicycle group rides down the White Pine Trail and tube/kayak events on the Rogue River.
Along with RBC’s award for Rogue River Brown, the brewery also won Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year and a silver medal for Sheehan’s Stout in the Classic Irish-style Dry Stout category in 2017.
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The popular refrain from the 1971 Gene Wilder classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory seemed the most appropriate way to describe my excitement when I found out I would be attending the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. As a lover of craft beer I was vaguely aware of the festival but never thought I would have the opportunity to attend. I’ve been to several West Michigan beer festivals but I was not prepared for the wonders that awaited me in scenic golden Colorado. Oh, and Golden, Colorado is the home of Coors… right? Get it? Golden ticket? Never mind…
The Great American Beer Festival was started in 1982 and had 24 breweries, 47 beers, and roughly 800 attendees in the Harvest House Hotel in Boulder, Colorado. Fast forward to 2017 where some 60,000 attendees, 3,900 beers, and 800 breweries were crammed into the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. Tickets sold out in just over four hours.
In an attempt to the make the trip as affordable as possible we packed up the MittenBrew-Subaru and made our way from the Midwest to the Rockies. We agreed to make the drive casual and did so by stopping at some cool places like 3 Floyds, The World’s Largest Truck Stop, several Kum & Go gas stations as well as a Pump and Pantry (no, I am not making those last two up). Once in western Illinois, the long straight highways were lovingly hugged on both sides by vast expanses of corn, grassland, and not much else.
We intentionally arrived two days early to hit some of the amazing breweries that call Colorado home. In no particular order we hit Avery, Oskar Blues, Crooked Stave, Bull and Bush, Left Hand, Wynkoop, Great Divide, Bootstrap, Mockery, Black Shirt, and Colorado’s own—Coors. At each location we were greeted warmly, treated well, and welcomed back. It’s a town very much in love with its beer, both macro and craft.
Returning to luxurious hotel accommodations after each day of exploring might have been nice, but we chose to camp with some great friends from Railtown Brewing and City Built Brewing. Warm, clear sunny days gave way to frosty cold nights (we’re talking 3 layers to sleep cold). I dreamt of having all 4 of Charlie Bucket’s grandparents on my air mattress to keep me warm. Ok, that may have been an overshare.
Thursday, the opening day of the festival, arrived and it was lovely outside—warm, sunny and just really pleasant. We attended the Michigan Brewer’s Guild gathering at 1-UP-LODO which was a lot of fun to watch. Brewers talking beer, the local sites, and playing vintage arcade games. I used to be a decent Galaga player, I am sad to report I am not any more. I was much better at KISS pinball. After some great laughs and beers we headed to the festival.
The Colorado Convention center is monstrous and appears to be guarded by a frozen two-story tall blue bear. The general admission line was wrapped around the building and I never actually saw the end of the line, and this was almost 45 minutes before the gates opened. People were enjoying the sunny weather and the glorious anticipation of tasting some of the best beers in the world. It was very much like the 5 golden ticket holders meeting Willy Wonka at the gate when we arrived at the event door to get our media credentials—except that there were 2 of us.
I have attended large techie conventions before, but to see that many brewery booths was really overwhelming. Media attendees were granted early entry so I got to walk in and see the place before the onslaught. I casually strolled in trying to maintain my composure while planning my dark beer “must haves.” While perusing the giant map and list we began to hear bagpipes which meant the festival was about to open to the attendees. Reading that 60,000 people attend over the 3 days was a neat fact but it didn’t occur to me what that would look like. There must have been 2,000 people just standing inside the main door waiting to go through the gates. It was literally a river of beer shirts, beards, cargo shorts, weird hats, costumes, and smiles. The vibe was really positive. It was also clear that many people knew exactly where they were going right away, some even running to get that first pour of their favorite libation.
From that moment on it was elbow to elbow with people laughing, smiling, and celebrating the wonderful gift of beer. I was ecstatic to get some fantastic beers that I hadn’t tried before like Double Barrel Baptist from Epic, Barrel Aged Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues, Tweak from Avery, and to close out the festival I had a pour of Utopias from Samuel Adams. What an amazing journey of beer and community.
These are my tips for first time attendees:
Cell phones are only good for taking pictures of your drunk buddies or co-workers. Don’t plan on making calls or getting texts in the convention center during the festival.
Know where the bathrooms are. It’s a long walk to anywhere on the convention floor and it takes 10 times longer trying to move through the crowds.
Smile and take it all in. The sooner you settle into the scene, the sooner you’ll realize you’re with friends.
Try something new. I am a dark beer lover and I had a sour or two—I let my hair down.
If you find yourself on a brewery tour and are invited to hold a hop pellet, might I recommend that you don’t eat said hop pellet. Trust me.
It was an amazing adventure and while I didn’t win control of the chocolate factory I did get to meet some great people. Dates for the 2018 Great American Beer Festival are September 20th – 22nd in 2018. I’ll be seeing you then Denver, and not as a green newbie this time!
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Comstock Park, MI – Speciation Artisan Ales is a small production-only brewery focused on mixed cultured sour and wild ales. They aim to highlight the yeast and bacteria in their beer, noting how it can change from batch to batch, develop over time, or represent a unique place in time through its specific “terroir.” This plays into the evolution theme of the brewery, as they celebrate each beer that is created as unique and cannot be duplicated. Speciation’s two main brands Genetic Drift, a farmhouse saison, and Incipient, a sour golden ale, provide the base of these experiments in which consumers can compare how each batch provides a new experience.
Currently, Speciation is open once per month for direct bottle sales to their customers. Bottles can be reserved online the week before the release, but frequently sell out within a matter of minutes. However, there is hope for those who want to give them as try, as Speciation has announced plans to expand into a tasting room in the coming months. They have acquired additional space next to their current production facility which will serve as both barrel storage and a tasting room. Speciation plans to be open weekly for limited hours out of their tasting room for both draught pours and bottle sales to go.
Great American Beer Festival
Most recently they made a big impression at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival. Speciation donned long lines and quickly ran out of beer at each session. They were also cited in several publications as a “must try brewery” and critics raved over their Tequila barrel aged Incipient with Agave, Blood Oranges, Limes, and Salt as well as their Rhubarb Vanilla Incipient.
In all, 293 medals were presented in 98 unique beer categories covering 161 different beer styles (including all subcategories). 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.
Michigan Brewers Guild members received the following awards:
Barrel Aged Sweet Potato SouthNorte Rye, Odd Side Ales, Grand Haven
Shipfaced, Silver Harbor Brewing Co., Saint Joseph
Aphrodisiac Chocolate Pomegranate Imperial Stout, Cranker’s Brewery, Big Rapids
Rye Hipster Brunch Stout, Odd Side Ales, Grand Haven
Sheehan’s Stout, Rockford Brewing Co., Rockford
Antwerp’s Placebo, Batch Brewing Co., Detroit
Rogue River Brown, Rockford Brewing Co., Rockford
Passionfruit Gose, Perrin Brewing Co., Comstock Park
Pilgrim’s Dole, New Holland Brewing Co., Holland
The Great American Beer Festival is the granddaddy of all U.S. beer festivals, offering the largest collection of U.S. beer ever assembled. The judging panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and heralded by the winning brewers in their national advertising.
The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.
Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”
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Rockford, Mich.—Rockford Brewing Company returns to Michigan from this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, with national recognition.
The brewery won multiple awards including Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year, a silver medal in the Irish-Style Dry Stout category for their Sheehan’s Stout and a bronze medal in the English-Style Brown category for Rogue River Brown.
“My head is still spinning. I’m very proud of the talent that we have at Rockford Brewing Company,” said Seth Rivard, co-owner of Rockford Brewing Company. “We have a passionate staff who never cease to amaze me.”
Seth Rivard & Jeff Sheehan
Rockford Brewing Company competed at the festival with 2,217 United States breweries. Their winning brews were selected by an international panel of 276 judges who blind tasted 7,923 entries.
“Each year the Great American Beer Festival showcases the best that American brewers have to offer,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “With a record 8,000+ entries, this year’s competition was the most competitive to date. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated why the U.S. is the world’s best and most diverse brewing nation.”
This year’s wins have energized Rivard and Rockford Brewing Company co-owner Jeff Sheehan to continue striving for excellence.
“I am extremely motivated for us to step up our game,” Sheehan said. “We want to stick to our values but continuously improve. We owe this success to everyone who has supported us—the West Michigan community and beyond.”
The brewery has been acknowledged by the Great American Beer Festival once before in 2015, when Rogue River Brown won its first bronze in the English-Style Brown category.
The owners hope the national recognition will encourage beer tourists inclined to visit West Michigan’s larger breweries to check out the greatness in the smaller ones, too.
“Grand Rapids is a country-wide destination for craft beer,” Sheehan said. “People come to the city and want to stop at the bigger breweries but these awards will hopefully prove that though we are a small brewery, we belong on that ‘must visit’ list.”
Rockford Brewing Company plans to celebrate their achievements with an event celebrating the fans and staff of Rockford. More information is to come.
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Boulder, CO — 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.
2017 BREWERY AND BREWER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Very Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year | < 1,000 BBLS
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
On Tour Brewing Co., Chicago, IL and Mark Poffenberger & Mark Legenza
Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year | 1,000 – 14,999 BBLS
Sponsored by O-I
Sunriver Brewing, Sunriver, OR and Sunriver Brewing Team
Mid-Size Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year | 15,000 – 6,000,000 BBLS
Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics
Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX and Saint Arnold Brew Crew
Small Brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year | < 750 BBLS
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients
Rockford Brewing Co., Rockford, MI and Rockford Brewing Company
Mid-Size Brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year | 750 – 1,500 BBLS
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
Moon River Brewing Co., Savannah, GA and Moon River Brewing Company
Large Brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year | 1,500+ BBLS
Sponsored by The Country Malt Group
The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Austin, TX and Amos Swifty Kim
LARGE BREWERIES OR MULTIPLE LOCATION BREWERIES
Brewery Group and Brewmaster of the Year
Sponsored by Beer Institute
Melvin Brewing, Alpine, WY and Melvin Brewing
OVERALL COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS
Most medals won by a single brewery: Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (3)
Top three states by ratio of medals to entries by state:
o West Virginia – 12 entries, 2 medals
o Wyoming – 46 entries, 5 medals
o Connecticut – 39 entries, 4 medals
First-time GABF competition entrants (self-identified during the registration process) numbered 584. Of those first-time entering breweries, 36 won medals.
Since 2002, the most-entered category has been American-Style India Pale Ale (IPA), which saw 408 entries in 2017 compared to 312 entries in 2016. The top five entered categories and number of entries per category were:
Category 60 American-Style India Pale Ale (408 entries)
Category 61 Imperial India Pale Ale (221 entries)
Category 58 American-Style Pale Ale (199 entries)
Category 59 American-Style Strong Pale Ale (182 entries)
Category 29 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (175 entries)
The winners in the most-entered (that is, the most competitive) categories were:
Category 60 American-Style India Pale Ale (408 entries)
Gold: Prairie Madness, Hailstorm Brewing Co., Tinley Park, IL
Silver: Gold Digger IPA, Auburn Alehouse, Auburn, CA
Bronze: Breakside IPA, Breakside Brewery & Taproom, Milwaukie, OR
Category 61 Imperial India Pale Ale (221 entries)
Gold: Manta Ray, Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Silver: Lupulin River, Knee Deep Brewing Co., Auburn, CA
Bronze: Chux, Danville Brewing Co., Danville, CA
Category 58 American-Style Pale Ale (199 entries)
Gold: Monterey Street, Central Coast Brewing Co., San Luis Obispo, CA
Silver: Mosaic Pale Ale, Lynnwood Brewing Concern – Production Facility; Raleigh, NC
Bronze: Triple Tail, SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA
Category 59 American-Style Strong Pale Ale (182 entries)
Gold: Hubert MPA, Melvin Brewing, Alpine, WY
Silver: Wolfback Ridge, Headlands Brewing Co., Mill Valley, CA
2017 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL PRO-AM COMPETITION
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group, Yakima Chief-Hopunion and White Labs
Gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs homebrewers with professional brewers, who scale up the award-winning homebrew recipes. The medal winners, including the winning professional brewers and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member homebrewers are:
Gold: Just Another Pretty Face, Denver Beer Co., Denver, CO; Brewmaster: Jason Buehler and Denver Beer Company Brewing Team; Homebrewer: Doug Thiel
Silver: Lichtenhainer, Black Bottle Brewery, Fort Collins, CO; Brewmaster: Black Bottle Scuba Squad; Homebrewer: Daniel Tomkins
Bronze: Eluxansis, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO; Brewmaster: Odell Brew Team; Homebrewer: Mark Boelman
2017 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL & COMPETITION STATISTICS
36th anniversary of the festival; 31st edition of the GABF competition
Over 800 breweries in the festival hall
3,900+ beers served at the festival
4,308 volunteers (festival and competition combined)
2,217 breweries in the competition from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
266 medal-winning breweries
293 total medals awarded
7,923 beers judged (not including 118 Pro-Am competition entries)
98 beer categories covering 161 different beer styles judged, plus the Pro-Am competition
276 judges from 13 different countries
Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 81
Category with the highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale
A gold medal was not awarded in the Fruited American-Style Sour Ale category
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Boulder, CO —With more than 5,200 small and independent craft breweries operating across the country, craft beer lovers have no shortage of options to discover and delight in the beloved beverage of beer. To navigate both novices and craft beer aficionados towards the best beer bars in every state, CraftBeer.com—the Brewers Association website for beer lovers—surveyed itsreaders for its annual Great American Beer Bars competition.
“CraftBeer.com readers understand what sets a beer bar apart and have continually shown up since 2012 to recommend and praise their favorite spots,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com. “With more than 7,000 votes cast, we are excited to announce this year’s winners and proud to welcome back twenty-one (41%) 2016 winners to the list – a sign that craft beer bars, now more than ever, are committed to their patrons and ensuring the best overall experience.”
Methodology: CraftBeer.com readers were asked to nominate their favorite craft beer bar in their state and fill out a short survey about what makes it so great including atmosphere, staff, beer selection and special events. Over 7,000 votes in total from November 15 – December 31, 2016 were cast.
To view a sortable list and each bar’s profile including photos and stats, please visit here. Join the conversation using #GABB.
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In all, 286 medals were presented in 96 unique beer categories covering 161 different beer styles (including all subcategories). Winners were chosen from 7,227 competition entries (nearly 9 percent more than the 6,647 entries in 2015 and surpassing all previous participation records) from 1,752 breweries hailing from 50 states, plus Washington, D.C.
The competition also saw its biggest-ever panel of judges, with 264 beer experts from 12 countries, including the U.S., and 170 competition volunteers.
Michigan Brewers Guild member received the following awards:
reDANKulous – Backstage Series – Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids Category 63: American Imperial Red
Angelina – Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids Category 30: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Kusterer Original Weissbier – Cedar Springs Brewing Co, Cedar Springs Category 75: German-Style Wheat Ale
Broadway Light – Detroit Brewing Company, Detroit Category 38: American Style Cream Ale
Bangin The Mash – Latitude 42 Brewing Co., Portage Category 88: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
Good Mooed Milk Stout – Railtown Brewing Co, Dutton
Category 91: Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
Live Wire – Roak Brewing, Royal Oak Category 55: English IPA
The Great American Beer Festival invites industry professionals from around the world to sit together in small groups and, without knowing the brand name, taste beers in each specified style category. The ultimate goal of the judging panel is to identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the GABF.
Five different three-hour judging sessions take place over the three-day period during the week of the festival, with judges assigned to evaluate beers in their specific area of expertise. Breweries are awarded points, which are tabulated to arrive at the top three place medals in each category. The judging panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and heralded by the winning brewers in their national advertising. Medal distinctions are as follows:
GOLD: A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.
SILVER: An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma and appearance.
BRONZE: A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor deviations in taste, aroma or appearance.
Now in its 35th year, the Great American Beer Festival is the granddaddy of all U.S. beer festivals, offering the largest collection of U.S. beer ever assembled. Sponsored by The Brewers Association, the festival features more than 3,800 different beers from 780 breweries throughout the country. More than 60,000 attendees and 3,600 volunteers gathered at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver for the 3-day event.
Michigan’s brewing industry continues to grow in the total volume of beer produced and sold, as well as in the number of breweries. Michigan currently ranks #5 in the nation in terms of the total number of breweries and the Guild proudly represents its highest number of members at 210 (and continually growing)—thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.” Michigan’s breweries are located in every area of the state, operating as community-focused small businesses that collectively employ more than 7,000 individuals and pay more than $144 million in wages. The overall impact of the craft beer industry in Michigan totals more than $608 million.
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