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    Members of the Altstadt Brewery team were recognized with two gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Pictured from left, Peter McFarlane, brewer; Carlos Santiago, brewer; Jeff Jones, sales; Brandon Pettit, brewer; Jon Vance, quality assurance; Craig Rowan, head brewer; Charlie Papazian, founder of Brewers Association and Great American Beer Festival. — Submitted photo

Altstadt wins medals at beer festival

Altstadt Brewery took home two medals from the 2019 Great American Beer Festival at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Altstadt’s Lager and Kolsch were recognized with gold medals for brewing excellence at the world’s largest commercial beer competition, according to a spokesman.

“We are very proud that through relentless hard work and dedication, we are making Germanstyle beers just like you would find in Germany and we now have two gold medals to prove it,” owner Billy Scripps said.

“The GABF, presented by the Brewer’s Association, recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States,” a spokesman said.

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in 107 categories covering 174 different beer styles.

Gold is awarded to beers that are considered “world-class,” that exemplifies the specific style, proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.

Head brewer Craig Rowan added that winning the medals, is a prestigious honor.

“A GABF gold medal is the most prestigious and difficult award you can win in brewing,” he said. “Winning these medals in such competitive categories just shows what an amazing job our team is doing, especially in an environment where beer overall is better than it’s ever been.”

Altstadt was recognized in the German-style Koelsch category for its Kolsch, which was described as “golden in color with a clean, refreshing, crisp flavor that finishes with a subtle hop aroma.”

The Lager was described as “golden with full-flavored malt sweetness and a clean finish.”

Altstadt reports that both are brewed with 100% German malts, hops and yeast.

Altstadt utilizes ingredients from Germany to make their beers only using water, malt, hops and yeast. Minerals are added to brewing water in each batch to recreate the water profile from the style’s German origin.

“These beers are made fresh in Texas so you can get exactly what beer should taste like, directly from the source, without oxidation and off-flavors that may come from shipping beer overseas,” a spokesman said.

In the 33rd year of the competition, 9,497 entries were submitted to the general competition, along with 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaboration entries.

Beer was made by 2,295 breweries from across the nation, with entries from all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Judging took place over three days by a panel of 322 judges from 18 countries.

“This year’s festival was the largest and most competitive to date,” Chris Swersey, competition manager said. “The beers and talent were as impressive as ever.”

For more information on Altstadt Brewery and their beers, visit www.altstadtbeer.com.

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