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Hood River Or— Full Sail Brewing Company recently claimed two gold medals at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival Competition, the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States today. The top winners were announced October 11th at the 27th Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo.
Full Sail Brewing received a gold medal for Session Premium Lager in the International-style Pilsner category and for Full Sail Pale Ale in the Classic English-Style Pale category. “Everyday, we get to taste the quality results of the hard work and passion that goes into hand-crafting our beers, but to be recognized by our peers for excellence is a true honor. The employee-owners of Full Sail are thrilled to bring home more gold,” says Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster.
Since its release in 2005, Session Premium lager earned five gold medals and was named “The World’s Best Premium Lager, at the 2007 World Beer Awards. Session Premium Lager is a classic all malt continental pilsner, brewed with American and European hops for a wonderful noble hop aroma and two-row barley malt – with a touch of wheat malt – for a pleasant, refreshing finish. Full Sail Pale, with its fresh hop aroma, crisp, clean, perfectly balanced flavor and refreshing finish has earned over 15 medals and awards over the years, including two gold, and seven silver medals. In addition, Full Sail Pale was recently named “One of America’s Beer Beers” by Men’s Journal Magazine (Oct 2008).
The 2008 Great American Beer Festival Competition winners were selected by an international panel of brewing experts from an impressive field of 2,902 entries received from 472 U.S. breweries. More than 1,500 breweries were invited to compete. For more Great American Beer Festival Competition information and 2008 winners’ list, visit www.GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.