Monday, October 6 | Submitted by Springfield Brew Co. | Downtown Central
Springfield Brewing Company brings home Bronze Medal from Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.
Springfield, Mo., Oct. 6, 2014 — Springfield Brewing Company and local homebrewer Keith Wallis claimed a bronze medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival, the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. Their entry medaled in the Pro-Am competition, a “best in show” style judging that gives homebrewers the opportunity to work with a local brewery to brew a scaled-up version of their award-winning homebrew recipes. The top three winners from the field of 89 entries were announced October 4 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
“Winning a medal in this portion of the Great American Beer Festival is meaningful to the whole SBC brewing team because we all started our brewing careers as homebrewers. And this is especially exciting for me since I have worked as the technical editor and a columnist for Brew Your Own, a homebrewing magazine, since the magazine was launched in 1995. Homebrewing and commercial craft brewing have deep roots and we really enjoy the Pro-Am competition and the friendship we have developed with Keith” said Ashton Lewis, master brewer and partner at Springfield Brewing Company.
“This whole experience was awesome for me and bringing home a medal made it even more special!” said Keith Wallis, of Springfield, MO.
SBC and Keith brewed a German-style rauchbier. This lager beer style is associated with the Franconian city of Bamberg, located in northern Bavaria, and is known for its smoky malt flavor from the use of malted barley that has been beechwood-smoked. Keith’s I Wanna Rauch is a great example of this traditional style. This is the second year that Springfield Brewing Company and Keith Wallis have teamed up to brew a beer for this competition, and the first time for the team to bring back a medal from the Pro-Am. This is the 17th year that SBC has participated in the Great American Beer Festival and this bronze medal is GABF medal #13 for the local brewery.
“The brewing community is among the most collaborative groups of people out there, and the Pro-Am competition is the epitome of collaboration, bringing together homebrewers and commercial brewers,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager. “This is a wonderful opportunity for homebrewers to show off their creativity with the help of established brewers. Winning a Pro-Am medal at this competition is truly an honor.”
For more Great American Beer Festival competition information, including the 2014 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.
About Ashton Lewis: Ashton wears many brewing hats. He is the Master Brewer at Springfield Brewing Company and National Account Manager for Brewing at Paul Mueller Company in Springfield, Missouri where he sells and helps to design brewing equipment for commercial breweries large and small. Lewis is known by home brewers across the globe for the Q&A column he writes for Brew Your Own Magazine. Lewis is also regularly asked to speak at nationally recognized brewery conventions. He holds a master’s degree in brewing science from University of California-Davis.
Master Brewer, Springfield Brewing Co.
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