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ROCK BOTTOM RESTAURANT & BREWERY WINS LARGE BREWPUB OF THE YEAR AT THE 2008 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL


BOULDER, Colo., (Oct. 21, 2008) – Walnut Brewery’s parent company, Rock Bottom Restaurants Inc.,  is pleased to announce their awarding of “Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year” at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF), which was held in Denver this month. In addition to the group award, the company’s breweries took home four gold, three silver and one bronze medal in various individual beer style categories (see list below).
 
“This is great recognition for our Brewers,” said Kevin Reed, Director of Brewing Operations. “The Great American Beer Festival is a world renowned platform for brewing excellence and their acknowledgement is a testament to the work we do every day.” 
 
Rock Bottom Brewmasters from across the country received a total of nine medals, tying their best year at the GABF, last year.    
 

Beer  Name

Category

Medal

RB Location

Brewer

Hop Bomb

American-Style Strong Pale Ale

Gold

Bellevue

Brian Young

Right on Rye

Rye Beer

Silver

Bethesda

Geoff Lively

Highland Courage

Scottish-Style Ale

Gold

Bethesda

Geoff Lively

Terminal Stout

American-Style Stout

Gold

Chicago

Pete Crowley

Ragtop Red

Irish-Style Red Ale

Silver

La Jolla

Marty Mendiola

Erik the Red

Irish-Style Red Ale

Bronze

Orland Park

Iain Wilson

Red Rocks Red Ale

Irish-Style Red Ale

Gold

Westminster

Scott O'Hearn

Old Elk Brown Ale

English-Style Dark Mild Ale or Brown Ale

Silver

Walnut Brewery

Rodney Taylor

 
Held annually in Denver, CO, the GABF is the world’s largest beer tasting competition. At this year’s event, over 472 breweries entered 2,902 different beers to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in 75 different categories.  

For more information, please contact Fredrik Nilsson at fnilsson@rockbottom.com or 303-664-4256. 
 
About Rock Bottom Restaurants, Inc.
Rock Bottom Restaurants, Inc. currently employs over 7,000 nationwide.  It owns and operates 103 restaurants across the United States - 64 "Old Chicago" restaurants and 39 brewery concepts operating under the names "Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery," "ChopHouse & Brewery," and "Walnut Brewery".  The Company also operates two Sing Sing concepts, an entertainment venue featuring a dueling piano bar in a club setting.  It has franchise partnerships under its Old Chicago brand that account for 34 locations and two locations under the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery brand.
 
In 2000, the Company formed the Rock Bottom Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity.  The Foundation's primary focus is to make a positive impact on the issue of hunger within its communities, help its teammates in crisis, and inspire a culture of giving and volunteerism.
 
The Company's annual sales in 2007 were $306 million ($371 million including Franchise locations), an 8% increase over fiscal 2006. Projected sales for 2008 are $324 million ($409 million including Franchise locations.
  
All of Rock Bottom's restaurants are casual dining establishments featuring excellent service, high-quality, moderately priced food and a distinctive selection of micro-brewed and specialty beers served in a comfortable, hospitable atmosphere.

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