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Breweries with the Most GABF Medals and More Competition Trends

2019 GABF Award Ceremony

Tomorrow night marks the 34th iteration of the competition portion of the Great American Beer Festival. And while this GABF week looks and feels unlike any other, tomorrow night’s awards are still sure to usher in socially distanced causes for celebration among breweries across the entire country.

And while in normal years we’d be prepping guided routes for folks to enjoy at the festival, a list of external events happening around town, and a rundown of rare beer releases, this year we decided instead to focus on past award winners.

Cannonball Creek GABF Medal Streak
Cannonball Creek Brewing which has earned GABF medals at every GABF & World Beer Cup since opening their doors. | Photo by Stacey McMahan

First, we’ve tallied up a historical look at breweries who have earned the most GABF medals since the competition started in 1987. Keep in mind, unlike the competition we included breweries with multiple outposts like Pizza Port and Rock Bottom and grouped their medal count together. Here’s the list of the top 20 breweries with the most GABF medals earned prior to this year’s competition.

This article was made possible through underwriting from Molly’s Spirits.

As a reminder, be sure to pick up or place your orders for some award-winning beers from our sponsors at Molly’s Spirits to enjoy while you watch this year’s Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony tomorrow night at 5pm Mountain.

Most GABF Medals Earned Through 2019

GABF MedalsBrewery NameCityState
98Pizza Port BreweryVariousCA
83Rock Bottom BreweriesVariousCO
76Anheuser-Busch, IncSaint LouisMO
73Pabst Brewing Co.Los AngelesCA
64Miller Brewing Co.MilwaukeeWI
54Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Paso RoblesCA
49Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co.JuneauAK
45Boston Beer Co.BostonMA
43Coors Brewing Co.GoldenCO
43Deschutes BreweryBendOR
41Pelican Pub & BreweryPacific CityOR
39Snake River Brewing Co.JacksonWY
34Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.ChicoCA
33New Belgium Brewing Co.Fort CollinsCO
33New Glarus Brewing Co.New GlarusWI
32Rogue AlesNewportOR
31Marin Brewing Co.LarkspurCA
30Russian River Brewing Co.Santa RosaCA
30Stoudt's Brewing Co.AdamstownPA
29Goose Island Beer Co.ChicagoIL

Most GABF Medals Earned by Individual Beers Through 2019

BreweryBeerTotal MedalsGoldSilverBronze
Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co.Alaskan Smoked Porter12534
Boston Beer Co.Samuel Adams Double Bock10613
Bristol Brewing Co.Laughing Lab Scottish Ale9243
Coors Brewing Co.Coors Light8143
New Glarus Brewing Co.Raspberry Tart8314
Miller Brewing Co.Miller Genuine Draft8152
New Belgium Brewing Co.Abbey Belgian Style Ale8503
Pabst Brewing Co.Pabst Blue Ribbon8431
Anheuser-Busch, IncBudweiser7223
Miller Brewing Co.Miller High Life7052
Pabst Brewing Co.Old Milwaukee Light7421
Genesee/High Falls BrewingGenesee Cream Ale7241
Pelican Pub & BreweryKiwanda Cream Ale7421
Pabst Brewing Co.Old Style7043
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.Sierra Nevada Pale Ale6501
Anheuser-Busch, IncO'Doul's6042
Pete's Brewing Co.Pete's Wicked Ale6231
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark6231
Saint Arnold Brewing Co.Saint Arnold Summer Pils6150
Pabst Brewing Co.Rainier5041
Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.Little Kings Cream Ale5311
Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.Hefeweizen5131
AleSmith Brewing Co.AleSmith Old Numbskull5320
Marin Brewing Co.Pt. Reyes Porter5221
New Belgium Brewing Co.La Folie5311
Dogfish Head Craft BreweryMidas Touch5122
Grimm Brothers BrewhouseLittle Red Cap5212
Snake River Brewing Co.Zonker Stout5230
Anheuser-Busch, IncBud Light5113
New Glarus Brewing Co.Belgian Red5410
Tröegs Brewing Co.Troegenator5410
Boston Beer Co.Samuel Adams Octoberfest5212
Pelican Pub & BreweryDoryman's Dark Ale5320
Coors Brewing Co.Keystone Light5113
Pelican Pub & BreweryTsunami Stout5212
Anheuser-Busch, IncO'Doul's Amber5311
Left Hand Brewing Co.Sawtooth Ale5203
Real Ale Brewing Co.Real Heavy5311
Millstream Brewing Co.Schild brau Amber5023
Seabright BrewerySeabright Oatmeal Stout5320
Miller Brewing Co.Red Dog5401

Breweries with the Longest Active GABF Medal Streaks

Brewery NameCurrent Streak
Pizza Port2020-2000
Firestone Walker Brewing2020-2002
Figueroa Mountain Brewery2020-2001
Fat Head's Brewery2020-2009
Cannonball Creek Brewing2020-2013
Chuckanut Brewery2020-2014
Denver Beer Co2020-2015
TAPS Fishhouse & Bewery2020-2015
Alvarado Street Brewery2020-2015
Alesong Brewing & Blending2020-2016
Save the World Brewing2020-2017
Claremont Craft Ales2020-2017
Brink Brewing2020-2017
Pinthouse Pizza2020-2017
Saddle Mountain Brewing2020-2017
Kern River Brewing Co.2020-2018
Lost Rhino Brewing Co.2020-2018
Comrade Brewing2020-2018
Triple C Brewing2020-2018
Moonraker Brewing2020-2018
Cloudburst Brewing2020-2018
Gun Hill Brewing Co.2020-2018
Great Basin Brewing Co.2020-2018
Santa Clara Valley Brewing2019-2018
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery2020-2018
The Post Brewing2020-2018
Port City Brewing2020-2018
Altitude Chophouse2020-2018
IMBIB Custom Brews2020-2018
New Belgium Brewing2020-2018
Grains of Wrath Brewing2020-2018

Read More | One Colorado Brewery Has Medaled at Every GABF & World Beer Cup Since Opening

The 2020 GABF Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, October 16 at 5pm Mountain. Tune in LIVE via The Brewing Network’s Live Stream

This article was made possible through underwriting from Molly’s Spirits.

As a reminder, be sure to pick up or place your orders for some award-winning beers from our sponsors at Molly’s Spirits to enjoy while you watch this year’s Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony tomorrow night at 5pm Mountain.

*This article has been updated to reflect Fat Head’s Brewery’s active consecutive medal streak extending to 2009, which as initial missed due to a punctuation error in the source data.

**This post was made possible with research and support from Scott Weikert.

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