Georgia breweries had an impressive showing at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, held Oct. 5-7 in Denver.
Five Georgia breweries were recognized in seven categories. Moon River Brewing Co. in Savannah was a big winner — the brewery got a gold in the Belgian-style Witbier category with its Wild Wacky Wit and was also named Mid-Sized Brewpub and Mid-Sized Brewpub Brewer of the Year.
The rest of the Georgia winners hailed from Atlanta:
Monday Night Brewing received a bronze in the Chocolate Beer category for Tears of My Enemies and a silver in the Other Strong Beer category for Laissez-Faire (Tears of My Enemies also won the Commonwealth Cup at this year’s Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest)
Torched Hop Brewing Co. received a silver in the Coffee Beer category for It’s 8 O’clock Somewhere
Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery received a silver in the Fruited Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category for BA Excommunication
SweetWater Brewing Co. received a bronze in the American Style Pale Ale category for its Triple Tail
Only two Georgia breweries took home awards in 2016 at the annual event, which recognizes breweries across the country in more than 98 categories (and also allows attendees to sample more than 3,900 beers).