(San Diego, CA) — AleSmith Brewing Company earned a gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF® is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 96 beer-style categories were announced October 8 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
“We are extremely honored to have Old Numbskull recognized at the Great American Beer Festival for being the gold-standard in barley wine-style ales,” said AleSmith Brewing Company CEO Peter Zien. “AleSmith is humbled to receive this achievement amongst a vast field of world-class breweries that we respectfully call our brewing compatriots.”
AleSmith was honored with gold this year in the Barley Wine-Style Ale category for its Old Numbskull, a deep copper-colored ale that combines caramel and toffee malt notes, hints of ripe dark fruits, and pungent American hops. Previously recognized with a gold medal at GABF three times in the last four years, AleSmith Old Numbskull is extremely well-balanced, with a full-bodied mouthfeel, aggressive hop profile, and assertive bitterness that lead into a deceptively smooth finish. AleSmith Old Numbskull’s rich, chewy, malt character develops even further as it ages nicely over time.
AleSmith Brewing Company is recognized as one of the world’s foremost craft brewing companies. Located in San Diego, it celebrates its 21st year in business this year. Recently it expanded into a 105,500-square-foot, state-of- the-art brewery, featuring a new 85-barrel brewing system enabling it to increase production of its Speedway Stout, IPA, Nut Brown Ale, San Diego Pale Ale .394, and other acclaimed beers by ten-fold. Currently AleSmith Brewing Company’s craft beers are distributed in 24 U.S. states and six countries.
The 2016 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 264 expert judges from the record number of 7,227 entries, plus 88 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,752 U.S. breweries.
“The innovation, creativity and flavor of American beers was well showcased at this year’s Great American Beer Festival,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This was the most competitive competition to date, with a record number of entries. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated the best of America’s beer culture.”
For more GABF competition information, including the 2016 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.
For more about AleSmith Brewing Company visit www.alesmith.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@AleSmithBrewing).