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Brewery of the Year Criteria

"NEW" Definitions for Brewery of the Year Criteria
For packaging breweries – Size is defined by total U.S. volume of the company which has majority ownership of the brewery.
For brewpubs – Size is defined by production volume of the individual operation which holds the brewing license. If a brewery group wishes to enter as one group, the size is defined by the total volume of all the brewpub locations.
Team Brewery Name
Based on input from members, we have made a slight change in the rules regarding name submission for the Brewer of the Year awards. In the past, we have allowed only ONE name to be submitted for the brewer name. Since many breweries have indicated that they brew as a team, we will now allow a team concept for the Brewer of the Year award. There are now 2 choices for this recognition - an individual name (ONE person) or "Brewery Team Name". One trophy is presented.
The Brewers Association recognizes excellence in achievement by breweries, brewpubs and the brewmasters crafting their products.

Awards are given in the following categories:
Great American Beer Festival Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year
(1-15,000 barrels per year)

Great American Beer Festival Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year
(15,001 - 2,000,000 barrels per year)

Great American Beer Festival Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year
(Greater than 2,000,001 barrels per year)

Great American Beer Festival Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year
(1 - 1,200 barrels  per year)

Great American Beer Festival Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year
(Greater than 1,201 barrels per year)
*Brewpub: A restaurant-brewery that sells 25% or more of its beer on site. The beer is brewed primarily for sale in the restaurant and bar. The beer is often dispensed directly from the brewery's storage tanks. Where allowed by law, brewpubs often sell beer "to go" and /or distribute to off site accounts. Note: BA re-categorizes a company as a microbrewery if its off-site (distributed) beer sales exceed 75 percent.
Winners are determined based on the results of the competitive beer judging held at the Great American Beer Festival. The first 8 entries on the registration form count toward Brewery of the Year points. Breweries are awarded points based on medals won, and these points are tabulated to arrive at the results. Here are the criteria used for awarding points, and the tie breaking system used to rank breweries.
  1. Most Total Points - breweries are awarded points based on the number of gold (3 points), silver (2 points) and bronze (1 point) medals won in the competition.
  2. Most Gold Medals
  3. Most Medals
  4. Most Total Entries in all Medaled Categories
  5. Number of Entries in Gold Medaled Categories
The second and third criteria have the effect of making a gold and two bronzes worth more than a gold and silver, while two golds would be worth more than a gold, silver and a bronze. The fourth and fifth criteria recognize overall competitiveness by achieving medals in categories with more entries than others.

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