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Bullfrog Brewery ‘Beekeeper’ wins Gold Medal in Wood and Barrel Aged Sours Beers category at GABF

WILLIAMSPORT, PA  - (October 28, 2008) The Bullfrog Brewery, a brewpub located in Williamsport, PA, has been awarded a Gold Medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, CO. for their beer Beekeeper.   This award, achieved in the category of Wood and Barrel Aged Sours Beers, was one of only 74 gold medals selected from the nearly 3000 entries at this year’s convention.  The Bullfrog Brewery was also one of only three other Pennsylvania breweries that received gold medal awards for their products this year.
“When we received word we had won a gold medal, it gave me the chills.” said Steve Koch, owner of the Bullfrog Brewery. “I think this should be seen as another feather in Williamsport's hat and give the community a sense of pride. We have such a tight knit Pub Club and family of regular patrons that I think every member feels a bit of ownership in this accomplishment.”
“The 5 beers we entered this year were in some relatively niche categories. For instance we had beers in Belgian and French style categories, as well as in popular styles such as Fresh Hop and Barleywines,” said Terry Hawbaker, head brewer at the Bullfrog Brewery. “This win is something every brewer hopes to achieve. I’m really proud that I was able to win this award for the Bullfrog Brewery and as their head brewer. It only fuels my passion for brewing the best beers I can possibly create for our customers.”


 “Bullfrog Brewery is at the forefront of American experimentation with wild yeast and barrel aged ales and to be recognized and rewarded for taking the reigns and forging forward into largely unexplored territory certainly substantiates the risks involved.” added Koch.  “I have known for quite some time what a skillful brewer we have in Terry Hawbaker. It is nice that the top experts in the world of beer now concur. The award is very validating.”   
About the Bullfrog Brewery

The Bullfrog Brewery is located in Williamsport, PA and specializes in award winning craft beer, the finest food and world-class entertainment.  Previous awards include gold and silver medals at the 2004 World Beer Cup. The brewery has been in continuous operation since 1996.  The brewery is currently focusing on wild yeast and barrel-aged beers and has begun offering special limited edition cork finished 750ml bottles, which are available for purchase at the brewery. or 570-326-4700.
About the Great American Beer Festival®

The Great American Beer Festival® takes place in Denver, CO and is the premier judging event for the United States brewing industry. In 2008 nearly 480 breweries submitted more than 2,900 beers to 75 different categories.  More than 46,000 people attend the festival each year to sample beers from across the United States.  Currently the festival holds the Guinness Book of World Records for most beers tapped in one location.  This year’s festival displayed more than 1,800 beers on tap in the convention hall. 

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