Two local breweries got some love at the nation’s biggest craft beer festival over the weekend.
Bingo Beer Co. and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery each won medals at the 33rd annual Great American Beer Festival, an annual event held in Denver, Colorado by the Brewers Association, the national trade association for independent breweries.
Bingo co-owner Jay Bayer said the company’s brewers, Ken Rayher and Sean O’Hern, were in Denver for the event.
“We focus on lager as an approachable style, a more every-person beer,” Bayer said. “So it’s now the multiple award-winning Bingo Black Lager. We’re more than excited to bring home a medal.”
Hardywood won bronze in the German-Style Pilsner category for its “Pils.”
GABF allows breweries from all over the country to submit up to five beers for its 100-plus categories to be judged by a panel of industry professionals. More than 9,000 beers were submitted this year by over 9,200 breweries.
Other Virginia breweries brought home hardware from GABF. Fredericksburg-based 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Co. won bronze in the Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout category for “O’Dark Thirty.”
Crozet-based Starr Hill Brewery, which is preparing to open a brewery and rooftop bar in Scott’s Addition, also took home gold in the Vienna-Style Lager category for “Jomo” and bronze in the German-Style Maerzen category for “Festie.”