Indiana Again Shines at Great American Beer Festival

Indiana Again Shines at Great American Beer Festival

by Mark E. Lasbury for Indiana On Tap

C’mon, man, this is getting monotonous! The 2020 GABF competition medals were awarded last night by livestream, and Indiana again ranked among the big winners. Five Indiana breweries took home a total of ten medals, making Indiana one of only eight states to win double-digit medals.

Here are the Indiana results and GABF the numbers:

Sun King was the biggest winner at GABF in 2020. image credit: Sun King Brewery

Sun King Brewery-Indianapolis

Afternoon Delight       Gold       Wood/Barrel Aged Beers                 65 entries

Cherry Busey               Bronze     Fruited Wood/Barrel Aged Beers  111 entries

Pachanga                      Bronze     Light Lager                                         85 entries

Sunlight Cream Ale    Bronze     Golden or Blonde Ale                       137 entries

Moontown Brewing- Whitestown

Moonlite                        Gold         American Style Cream Ale             135 entries

Skool House Bock        Bronze     Bock                                                     50 entries

Metazoa Brewing – Indianapolis

Wicked Pawesome    Bronze     Juicy or Hazy IPA                              377 entries

Meadowlark               Bronze     Classic Saison                                      80 entries

Taxman Brewing – Bargersville

Qualified                      Silver       Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale   103 entries

Flix Brewhouse-Carmel

Saison de Walt         Bronze     Brett Beer                                                45 entries


34th Edition of the GABF competition

8806 entries in 170 styles

No Collaboration or Pro-Am competitions this year

Number of states with entries: 50 + District of Columbia

Number of states that won at least one medal: 36

Most medals by any brewery in the country: Sun King Brewery – 4

Breweries that won two medals: 23, Indiana had two of them

Most entries in a category: 377 Juicy or Hazy IPA (Metazoa Brewing won bronze)

Average number of entries/category: 97

Number of states with double-Digit medals: 8 (California -63 , Colorado-26, Oregon -22, Virginia -16, Washington -16, North Carolina -11, Texas -10, Indiana -10)

Medals won by surrounding states: Ohio -9, Illinois -6, Michigan -6, Kentucky -2


Congratulations to all the winners, it takes guts to put your beers out there to be judged. Remember as always, only a small percentage of beers get entered in competition, lack of medals does not mean lack of quality.

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