California Breweries Receive 63 Medals at 2020 Great American Beer Festival, More Than Any Other State

The Great American Beer Festival, the world’s largest commercial beer competition, took place for the 34th time yesterday in a new virtual awards ceremony. This year, judges evaluated 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Socially distanced judging took place in 35 sessions over 18 days with strict safety measures in place. The awards ceremony was held virtually on Friday evening, kicking off the two-day online programming portion of the Great American Beer Festival.  California took home the most impressive haul with a total of 63 medals awarded.

“This year’s GABF competition may have looked a little different, but the beers entered into the competition were as impressive and innovative as ever,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This has arguably been one of the most challenging years breweries have ever faced, so we hope these awards serve as a symbol not only of brewing excellence but also the resiliency of the craft brewing community as a whole.”

In addition to California’s 63 medals, Colorado tallied the second highest medal count with 26, followed by Oregon with 22.

You can find the full list of 2020 GABF award winners here.

Congratulations to the California medal winners below!

Alvarado Street Brewery & Tasting Room
Auburn Alehouse
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Belching Beaver Brewery – Tavern & Grill
Bootlegger’s Brewery
Bravery Brewing
Burgeon Beer Co.
Chihuahua Cerveza
Clandestine Brewing
Claremont Craft Ales
Coronado Brewing Co.
Danville Brewing Co.
Del Cielo Brewing Co.
Discretion Brewing
Docent Brewing
Dos Desperados Brewery
Dust Bowl Brewing Co.
El Segundo Brewing Co.
Epidemic Ales
Eppig Brewing
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – The Propagator
GameCraft Brewing
Highland Park Brewery
Hop Dogma Brewing Co.
Institution Ale Co.
Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – Anaheim
Kern River Brewing Co.
Moksa Brewing Co.
Moonraker Brewing Co.
Ocean Beach Brewery
Ogopogo Brewing
Pizza Port Brewing
Port Brewing Co. / The Lost Abbey
Riip Beer Co.
Santa Maria Brewing Co.
Second Chance Beer Co.
Seismic Brewing Co.
Slice Beer Co.
Stereo Brewing Co.
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room
Third Window Brewing Co.
Three Weavers Brewing Co.
Topa Topa Brewing Co.
Two Roots Brewing Co.
Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse
Ventura Coast Brewing Co.
Wild Barrel Brewing Co.