Arizona Breweries Score Big at Great American Beer Festival


The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild is thrilled to announce that four Arizona breweries walked away with coveted medals atSaturday’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado.

More than 1,500 breweries entered and 275 medals were awarded at the largest beer competition in the world, and Arizona was well-represented at the event featuring the largest collection of U.S. beer ever consumed at a public tasting. Flagstaff’s Beaver St. Brewery and Chandler’s BJ’s Brewery in Chandler came away with gold-medal wins for their R & R Oatmeal Stout (oatmeal stout category) and Magnolia’s Peach (fruit-wheat beer category) brews, respectively, while Tucson’s Barrio Brewing Company and Tempe-based newcomer Huss Brewing Company scored bronze medals. Barrio won big for its Barrio Rojo within the Scottish-style beer category, while Huss left its mark with The Husstler in the sweet or cream stout category.

“We’re tremendously pleased with Arizona’s representation and performance at the Great American Beer Festival, and these four wins provide further evidence of what we Arizonans already know – that what we’re brewing here is not only on par, but able to surpass what’s being made in some of the nation’s biggest and most renowned beer-brewing cities and states.”

Presented by the Brewers Association, the Great American Beer Festival awards bronze, silver and gold medals in 92 categories, successfully establishing the best representations of each beer style available anywhere in the nation. The 2015 installment marked the event’s 34th year, and it is also shattered previous participation records, surpassing last year’s record-setting 2014 event. This year’s festival also welcomed its biggest panel of judges ever, with 242 beer experts hailing from 15 countries determining medal winners.

The Arizona Craft Breweries Guild currently represents 74 Arizona breweries, and was one of 20 state guilds maintaining a booth at the big event.

About the Arizona Brewers Guild 

The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild was established in 1998 and represents more than 70 microbreweries, breweries in the planning stages, craft beer bars, partners and distributors across the state of Arizona. The guild promotes the craft brewing industry in Arizona by providing educational opportunities to brewers, distributors and consumers. The guild promotes quality craft beers and the responsible consumption of those products.