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GABF: Industry honors for Californians

By William Brand
Sunday, October 14th, 2007 at 9:59 am in Uncategorized.

GABF Addendum…The Brewers Association also presents a number of industry awards at the Great American Beer Festival and California brewers fared well.

Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker, Paso Robles, was named Mid-Size Brewer of the Year and Firestone Walker won the Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year award. Well deserved honors and not the first time, either.


Caption: That’s Matt Brynildson, right, with Firestone Walker brew crew members Will Crosby, Dave Seiler holidng some of the medals they won Saturday (Oct 13, 2007) at the GABF in Denver.

Credit: Photo by Gregory Daurer

Firestone Walker, which opened in 1996, also was named “Champion Mid-Size Brewery” at both the 2006 World Beer Cup and 2004 World Beer Cup, and also won the same award at the GABF in 2003.

Here’s a link to an excellent interview with Matt.

Moving on…Port Brewing & The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, and head brewer-wizard Tomme Arthur won the GABF’s Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Awards. Tomme’s won before as head of Pizza Port breweries in San Clemente and Carlsbad. It’s the first award for hiom at the new venture, which occupies the former Stone Brewing site. Stone moved to larger digs down the coast at Escondido.

Large brewer, brewery of the year honors went to Pabst Brewing, Woodridge, IL and brewer Bob Newman. Follow this link for more industy awards.

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