The beer-making labors of six Minnesota breweries paid off last week as they were named among the country's best.
The Best of Craft Beer Awards handed out medals to 162 breweries from 33 states, after their brews were sampled by a mixture of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) members, vetted brewers and guest judges from the industry.
With the competition being held last weekend in Bend, Oregon, six Minnesota breweries came away with a mixture of gold and silver medals.
The biggest winner over the weekend was Annandale's Spilled Grain Brewhouse, which came away with two golds and a silver.
It won gold in the "American-Style Barley Wine or Wheat Wine" category for its False Hope beer, and another gold in the "Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer or Aged Beer" category for its 2017 False Hope, an aged beer.
It also took home a silver in the "strong ale or old ale" category for its Bearded Man ale.
Other winners included Minneapolis breweries Indeed– for its Wooden Soul: In The Thicket sour beer – and Pryes Brewing Company for its Royal Raspberry Sour.
Third Street Brewhouse, of Cold Spring, won a silver for its Minnesota Gold cream ale, and its Free Speech amber/red ale.
Meanwhile Waconia Brewing Company won a gold for its Oktoberfest.
Here's the full list of Minnesota winners.