Philadelphia Breweries Take the Great American Beer Festival by Storm


Last weekend, the Great American Beer Festival held its annual competition and, in spite of the festival’s title, breweries from 13 other countries were invited to participate. While that might make it seem as though American cities were underrepresented, Philadelphia’s own entrants proved America’s beer brands are just as hearty and enjoyable as anything offered from overseas.
Great American Beer Festival Winners Included Several Philadelphia Entrants
Iron Hill Brewery is a popular beer manufacturer in the Philadelphia area with locations throughout the city’s suburbs. There’s even a new location planned for Market East. That much success is surely a testament to the high quality of the brewery’s products, so it should come as no surprise that Iron Hill was counted among the winners at this year’s festival. The Philly area brewery climbed to the second highest place out of 26 entrants for the best aged beer.
Iron Hill scored high in another category, winning the silver award for its Russian Imperial Stout. The category was for best imperial stout and Iron Hill went up against 80 other entries in this category. This brings the total number of awards won by Iron Hill Brewery to 47 within the brewer’s history.
The top winner for best imperial stout, leaving the Great American Beer Festival with the gold in that category, was 2SP Brewing Company from Russia.
More Pennsylvania Winners Score at the Great American Beer Festival
The festival brought prestige and attention to quality brewers throughout the eastern United States. In particular, winners from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware were honored in multiple categories at the annual event.
Sly Fox Brewing, which makes its home 50 miles outside of Philadelphia in Pottstown, won the gold in the Belgian and French style ale category. Their entry, Grisette Summer Ale, consists of a wheat and barley mix made popular decades ago. According to their website, their Belgian-style brew was first served to miners in the Hainaut province. The recipe has previously earned Sly Fox awards in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Great American Beer Festivals.
Additionally, Yards Brewing, also out of Philly, won the silver award in the extra special bitter category for their Extra Special Ale. Dock Street Brewery, which hosts two locations in Philadelphia, took home the bronze in the brown porter category. Their entry was their Man Full of Trouble porter.
Fairly new to the brewing scene was Stickman Brews, established in 2015 in Montgomery County. This year, they earned a bronze award for Cousin Stoopid Ale in a second Belgian-style ale category.