Scroll down for some interesting analysis of the 2014 Great American Beer Festival winners. California once again takes top prize for most medals won, though Colorado closed the gap from last year. Whereas 31 states took home medals in 2013, 40 states brought home hardware in 2014.
(This takes a lot of data crunching, please notify me if you find any errors.)
Denver slightly edged out San Diego for most medals won, with 5 Denver breweries that weren’t even open at last year’s GABF.(In San Diego, Karl Strauss and Pizza Port enter under their neighborhood name, which brings the city of San Diego’s total to 11 medals.)
30 cities won 2 medals.
By my count, a remarkable 220 brewery families won medals in 2014 (which includes multiple locations of the same company). That’s up almost 24% from 178 in 2013. Left Hand is the only brewery to win 3 medals with a single brewing location. MillerCoors’ 8 awards are spread across 6 brands: AC Golden, Blue Moon, Coors, Leinenkugel, Miller and the Sandlot.
28 Brewery Families won 2 medals.
In one of the interesting shifts from last year, while the West remained on top, the East Coast beat out the Mountain Time Zone for most medals won. This year also saw breweries win in Alaska and Hawaii, which did not win medals in 2013.
Once again, the small breweries make a big splash, accounting for 30% of the medals. This chart reflects the best data I could gather based on size. I count 17 breweries that won medals that weren’t open a year ago (entered in the Tiny category).
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).