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4 Minnesota brews are gold medal winners at prestigious beer fest

The Great American Beer Festival is the largest in the country.

Four Minnesota breweries have returned from America's biggest beer festival with gold medals to their name.

The Great American Beer Festival ended on Saturday by awarding gold, silver and bronze medals to some of the 800 breweries that brought between them 4,000 beers for sampling in Denver, Colorado.

And 12 beers from 11 Minnesota breweries were among those honored, including four that got gold medals.

The gold medal winners were: 

  • Bent Paddle Brewing of Duluth for its Saison in the classic Saison category.
  • Summit Brewing of St. Paul for its Keller Pils in the Kellerbier category.
  • Lakes & Legends of Minneapolis for its "Cool for the Summer" saison with cucumber and mint in the Field Beer category.
  • Steel Toe Brewing of St. Louis Park for its Dissent in the Export Stout category.

Elsewhere, there were silver medals for Steel Toe Brewing for its Provider Ale in the English Summer Ale category, Eastlake Craft Brewery for its Kirby Pucker No. 21 in the Fruited American-Style Sour Ale category, Spilled Grain Brewhouse for its False Hope in the Other Strong Beer category, and Insight Brewing's Sunken City in the Specialty Saison category.

Bronze medal winners include Modist Brewing for its First Call in the Coffee beer category, The Freehouse for its No. 3 Brown in the English-Style Beer category, Utepils Brewing for its ALt 1848 in the German-Style Altbier category, and Tin Whiskers for its Wheatstone Bridge in the Herb and Spice Beer category.

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