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6 Minnesota breweries take home Great American Beer Festival awards

The prestigious awards are among the most sought after in the industry.

Six Minnesota brewers took home Great American Beer Festival awards last week.

Winners of the awards, described as "among the most coveted in the industry," were announced Friday. Breweries from around the country submitted thousands of entrants, all of which were judged and, if worthy, awarded a bronze, silver or gold medal.

One Minnesota brewery, Forgotten Star Brewing Co. in Fridley, took home a gold medal for its Schwartzbier in the German Dark Lager category. Gold means it's a "world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance."

"What a night!" the brewery posted on social media following its win.

Warrior Brewing Co. in Duluth, meanwhile, earned silver in the Imperial Stout category for its Barbarian brew.

Four other breweries each took home one bronze medal apiece.

Here's the full list of Minnesota winners:

  • Forgotten Star Brewing Co., Fridley: Schwartzbier — Gold (German Dark Lager)
  •  Warrior Brewing Co., Duluth: Barbarian — Silver (Imperial Stout)
  • Thousand Lakes Brewing Co., Parkers Prairie: Breakfast for Supper — Bronze (Oatmeal Stout)
  • Lift Bridge Brewing Co., Stillwater: Farm Girl — Bronze (Belgian-Style Ale or French-Style Ale)
  • Little Thistle Brewing Co., Rochester: Schwarzenlager — Bronze (German Dark Lager)
  • Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis: Stranger in the Alps — Bronze (Herb and Spice Beer)

Wisconsin brewers, by the way, only took home two awards this year.

You can find the full list here.

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