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DENVER -- There was a buzz of activity in Denver this past weekend at the 2005 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) as Anheuser-Busch Inc. and Miller Brewing Co. brought home a slew of honors.
A-B won gold medals for Michelob Marzen (German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest category), Michelob Pale Ale (Classic English-Style Pale category) and O’Doul’s Amber (Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage category), while Miller took two golds for Temptation Bock (Herb and Spice beer) and Leinenkugel’s Creamy Dark (American-Style Dark Lager).
Miller took home a silver medal for Sharps and Milwaukee’s Best, while Icehouse and Miller High Life received bronze medals. A-B won a silver medal for 9th Street Market, Tuscan Orange (Fruit and Vegetable Beer category) and a bronze medal for O’Doul’s (Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage category). Anheuser-Busch was also named Large Brewer of the Year and the company’s Doug Muhleman was named Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year.
"Winning medals at the Great American Beer Festival is a great honor for any brewer," said Muhleman, group vice president of brewing operations and technology at A-B. "The festival is an exciting celebration of beer culture bringing together hundreds of breweries and thousands of beers to be judged by the some of the most knowledgeable people in our industry. The expertise and hard work of many people in our company combined to produce these beers, and it’s very gratifying to have them recognized. I congratulate our team for their efforts."
Breweries enter their beers to be judged by the festival's professional judge panel. The panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. The ultimate goal of the panel is to identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the Great American Beer Festival. More than 69 categories were judged at the 2005 Great American Beer Festival. This year marked the competition’s 24th year and featured more than 450 brewers and 2,300 beer brands.
These awards come just days after Anheuser-Busch introduced Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale, the first of the company’s seasonal draught beers. The new pumpkin spiced beer also can be found in the new Michelob Specialty Sampler Collection along with Michelob Marzen and Michelob Pale Ale. The collection also includes Michelob, Michelob Honey Lager and Michelob AmberBock.
The Michelob Specialty Sampler Collection will be sold in grocery and convenience stores across the country through early November in 12- and 18-packs. The 18-pack includes three bottles of each beer, two limited-edition pilsner glasses, a collection of recipes featuring these super-premium brews as ingredients, beer mixer recipes, suggested food pairings, and tips from Anheuser-Busch brewmasters. The 12-pack includes two bottles of each beer.