A handful of local breweries have made Minnesota proud.
Six beers from five Minnesota breweries won highly coveted medals at this year's Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver over the weekend.
The annual beer tasting event attracts 60,000 beer lovers, where they can sample beers from around the country and learn about the growing craft beer industry.
And during all the drinking, industry professionals from around the world (including at least one judge from Minnesota – Dave Hoops of Hoops Brewing) sampled 7,923 beers from 2,217 U.S. breweries to find the beers that best represent the categories they're in.
Here are the winners from Minnesota:
Lupulin Brewing in Big Lake won gold for its Dortmunder in the Dortmunder or German-style Oktoberfest beer. There were 56 entries in this category.
Bent Paddle Brewing Company in Duluth won gold for its 14° ESB in the extra special bitter category. There were 73 total entries.
Summit Brewing in St. Paul won silver for its Extra Pale Ale in the classic English-style pale ale category. There were 30 total entries.
Summit's EPA is no stranger to awards, winning a handful of GABF medals over the years, including gold in 2016.
The Freehouse in Minneapolis won two silver medals. One for its No. 33 Gose in the Leipzig-style Gose or contemporary Gose category (96 total entries).
The other medal was for its No. 20 Bareleywine in the Barley Wine-style ale category (49 total entries).
Beaver Island Brewing Co. in St. Cloud won bronze for its Oktoberfest in the German-style Maerzen category. There were 122 total entries.
In total, the GABF competition awarded 293 medals in 98 beer categories. Click here to see a full list of all the winners.