Scroll down for some interesting analysis of the 2015 Great American Beer Festival winners. California increased it’s share of the medal count this year, with nearly 1 in 4 medals going to the West Coast brewing behemoth. 40 states brought home hardware in 2015, the same number – albeit different states – from last year. Utah – with 5 medals each in the past 2 years – is notably absent this year.
(This takes a lot of data crunching, please notify me if you find any errors.)
San Diego took the top prize for most medals won. 30 cities won 2 medals.
By my count, a remarkable 227 brewery families won medals in 2015 (which includes multiple locations of the same company). That’s about the same as last year’s 220. There were 4 single-site breweries that won 3 medals – Firestone Walker, Port City, Sun King and Left Hand – the only brewery to repeat the accomplishment from last year. 28 Brewery Families won 2 medals.
Thanks to California’s dominance, the West Coast remained on top, while the East Coast extended it’s lead over the Mountain Time Zone.
Similar to last year, small breweries made a big splash, with breweries producing less than 5,000 barrels accounting for over half the medals. This chart reflects the best data I could gather based on size.
This chart is by the Brewer’s Association Craft Brewery categories, which go like this:
- Regional: annual production between 15,000 and 6 million barrels
- Microbrewery: less than 15,000 barrels, more than 75% off-site sales
- Brewpub: less than 15,000 barrels, less than 75% off-site sales
Master List; Sortable, Filterable (click on a cell and scroll to the right to see the beer name, category, and number of entries).