(Asheville, NC) – Wicked Weed Brewing attended the Great American Beer Festival this past weekend where they were awarded a silver medal for Pernicious IPA in American-‐Style India Pale Ale, the largest category in GABF history with 336 entries.
This year’s competition judged a staggering 6,738 entries and hosted 1,552 breweries from around the country. American-‐Style India Pale Ale is historically one of the largest and most
prestigious categories and this year was no exception with the number of entries doubled since the last year’s competition.
“After being inspired by so many of the IPA’s that we drank at the 2014 GABF, Luke and I conceptualized the recipe for Pernicious on our flight back,” said Walt Dickinson, Owner and Head
Blender. “This year we decided that we wanted to enter our best beers no matter how competitive the category. And that decision really payed off.”
In a category typically dominated by West Coast breweries, Wicked Weed Brewing is the first East Coast brewery since 1999 and the only Southeast brewery in the history of the competition to bring home a GABF medal for IPA.
“Our goal when we started Wicked Weed was to make world class West Coast style IPAs and now to finally bring home a medal to the Southeast in one of the most competitive categories, in the most popular beer style in the US feels really good,” said Luke Dickinson, Owner and Head Brewer. “It shows how East Coast beers are progressing in general and also lets the world
know that we can make IPAs that are equal in caliber to our Sours.”
Pernicious IPA is available in bottled four packs distributed throughout North Carolina and will soon see wider distribution as Wicked Weed Brewing begins to open new markets.