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November 27, 2020

Local breweries bring home gold from the Great American Beer Festival 2020


Cincinnati Enquirer

Published 12:55 p.m. ET Oct. 17, 2020 | Updated 1:00 p.m. ET Oct. 17, 2020

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Brink Brewing Company  beer photo.

Brink Brewing Company beer photo. (Photo: Provided: Brink Brewing Company.)

Two local breweries brought home some metal from the 2020 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. 

Moozie from College Hill’s Brink Brewing Company won gold for the third consecutive year in the Sweet Stout or Cream Stout category. Brink has won at least one GABF medal in each year since its founding in 2017.

Brink Brewing Company was first to win the award for “Very Small Brewery of the Year” in back-to-back years – 2018 and 2019 – since the award was introduced in 2013 according to a press release from the Ohio Craft Brewers Association.

Fretboard Brewing Company from Blue Ash scored its first gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, this year.

Fretboard Brewing Company from Blue Ash scored its first gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, this year. (Photo: Fretboard Brewing Co/Provided)

Fretboard Brewing Company from Blue Ash won its first GABF medal for Crazy Train in the Belgian-Style Ale or French-Style Ale category. Fretboard Brewing previously won awards at the Brewers Association’s World Beer Cup competition, which was canceled in 2020.

The owners of Fretboard Brewing Company.

The owners of Fretboard Brewing Company. (Photo: Provided)

Ohio craft breweries made a strong showing at the 2020 festival, according to a news release from the Ohio Craft Beers Brewing Association. After bringing home a total of 15 medals last year, the Ohio delegation scored nine awards in 2020.

Here are the winning Buckeye breweries: 

  • Brink Brewing, College Hill: Moozie – Gold, Sweet Stout or Cream Stout.
  • Fretboard Brewing, Blue Ash: Crazy Train – Silver, Belgian-Style Ale or French-Style Ale.
  • Fat Head’s Brewery, Canton: Goggle Fogger – Gold, German-style Wheat Ale.
  • Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, Columbus: Daybreak – Gold, Coffee Beer and Buchenrauch in the Bronze, Smoke Beer category.Masthead Brewing, Cleveland:  Augenblick – Gold, Munich-style Helles.
  • Little Fish Brewing, Athens: Cleft – Silver, Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer.
  • Noble Beast Brewing, Cleveland: Murder Ballads – Silver, International Dark Lager
  • Lock 27 Brewing, Centerville: Wolk – Bronze, Belgian-style Witbier.

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