Triangle breweries take home gold at Great American Beer Festival

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North Carolina beers won 17 medals this weekend at the Great American Beer Festival, including five from the Triangle.

The annual craft beer event, known by its initials GABF, hosts brewers from all over the country. It was held Thursday through Saturday in Denver.

Lynnwood Brewing Concern in Raleigh was the biggest local winner, taking home two gold medals – one for its Drop Bear Australian Pale Ale (in the international-style pale ale category) and the other for its Once You Go (in the American-style black ale category).

White Street Brewing in Wake Forest won the Triangle’s other gold medal, in the Scottish ale category, for its eponymous Scottish Ale.

Crank Arm Brewing won a bronze in the American-Belgo style ale, for its White Wall Wit. And Lonerider’s Shotgun Betty took home the bronze in the South German hefeweizen category.

Fans of seasonal fall beers may also want to keep an eye out for the Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager from Hi-Wire Brewing in Asheville. It took home gold in the Marzen category.

Only three North Carolina breweries won multiple medals, and Lynnwood was the only brewery with multiple golds. Olde Hickory Brewery in Hickory won a silver and a gold. And perhaps the biggest surprise was the relatively unknown Brown Truck Brewery in High Point – which only opened in February – and which took home three medals, including one gold. The GABF judges also named Brown Truck the country’s best “very small brewing company.”

For a list of all the winning beers and breweries, see here.

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