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MILWAUKEE -- Miller Brewing Co. has won 11 medals for its entries in the 25th annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF), held Sept. 28 to 30 in Denver, Colo. Since 1996, the company has won 105 medals for its beers between the GABF and the World Beer Cup, more than any other large brewer during that period, including Anheuser-Busch and Coors.
Miller won three gold, four silver and four bronze medals at the festival which hosted 450 brewers and more than 1,600 beer brands. The company's oldest brand, Miller High Life, won a silver medal in the American-Style Premium Lager category. Miller also cleaned up in the American-Style Specialty Lager category with a gold medal for Mickey's Malt Liquor, a silver for Icehouse and a bronze medal with Olde English HG 800.
"We're truly honored that our peers in the brewing industry continue to recognize our relentless devotion to the promise our founder made 151 years ago," said Dr. David Ryder, Miller's head brewmaster. "Frederick Miller was committed to delighting beer drinkers with 'confoundedly good beers' made with 'uncompromising quality.' His vision continues to inspire us today. To achieve so many awards at this year's Great American Beer festival is truly gratifying."
Other Miller wins included gold medals for Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark (American-Style Dark Lager) and Red Dog (American Lager or Cream Ale). Silver medals were awarded to Milwaukee's Best Light (American-Style Light Beer) and Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat (Herb and Spice Beer). Miller also won bronze awards for Frederick Miller's Classic Chocolate Lager (Herb and Spice Beer); Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve (American Cream Ale or Lager); and Southpaw Light (American-Style Light Lager).