New Glarus Brewing Co. picked up two of the five medals won by Wisconsin beer makers at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver over the weekend.
The Green County-based brewery won gold for its American Blackberry Sour Ale in the Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale category. The brewery, founded by Deb and Dan Carey, also brought home a silver medal in the fruit beer category with its Serendipity, a beer made with cherries, cranberries and apples.
Leinenkugel's, based in Chippewa Falls, won gold with its Canoe Paddler in the German-Style Kölsch category and a silver with its Creamy Dark in the American-Style Dark Lager category. Miller Brewing Co. in Milwaukee won a silver medal for its Miller High Life in the American-Style Lager or Light Lager category.
The competition, in its 27th year and sponsored by the Brewers Association, awarded 252 gold, silver and bronze medals for excellence in 84 beer-style categories. This year's event, at the Colorado Convention Center, featured 201 beer experts from 11 countries evaluating 4,809 entries from 745 breweries from 49 states and Washington, D.C.