New Categories Draw Big Entries At GABF


BOULDER, Colo. — Brewers are taking advantage of the addition of three new styles of ale into the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines by making them among the most entered categories in this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

2018 marks the first time “Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale,” “Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale” and “Juicy or Hazy Imperial or Double India Pale Ale” will be judged and awarded medals at GABF, according to the Brewers Association. The categories garnered more than 700 combined entries, including Juicy or Hazy IPA, 414; Juicy or Hazy Double IPA, 161; and Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale, 131.

As a result, for the first time since 2002, American-style India Pale Ale is not the most-entered beer style at GABF. This year’s American-style IPA category has 331 entries, down from 408 in 2017, according to BA.

This year’s GABF is set for Sept. 20-22 in Denver.

In addition to the competition, GABF will feature four tasting sessions with more than 800 breweries from across the country pouring about 4,000 beers. Ohio breweries scheduled to participate include Brew Kettle-Production Works, Strongsville; BrewDog Brewing Co., Columbus; Brink Brewing Co., Cincinnati; Christian Moerlein Brewing C., Cincinnati; Collision Bend Brewing Co., Cleveland; Columbus Brewing Co., Columbus; Dayton Beer Co., Dayton; Devil Wind Brewing LLC, Xenia; Fat Head’s Brewery, Middleburg Heights; Fifty West Brewing Co., Cincinnati; Fretboard Brewing Co., Blue Ash; Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland; Hairless Hare Brewery, Vandalia; JAFB Brewery, Wooster; MadTree Brewing 2.0, Cincinnati; Municipal Brew Works, Hamilton; Northern Row Brewery & Distillery, Cincinnati; Paradigm Shift Brewing, Massillon; Railroad Brewing Co., Avon; Rhinegeist Brewery, Cincinnati; Taft’s Brewing Co., Cincinnati; Weasel Boy Brewing Co., Zanesville; Wild Side Brewing Co., Grand Rapids; Willoughby Brewing Co., Willoughby; Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, Columbus; Working Class Brewery, Cleveland; and Zaftig Brewing Co., Columbus.