MillerCoors Earns Eight Medals At Great American Beer Festival®
Blue Moon's SandLot Brewery Wins 'Large Brewing Company of the Year'
CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2013
CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Denver-based brewery, SandLot, received
incredible recognition at this year's Great American Beer Festival®, winning
"Large Brewing Company of the Year." Blue Moon Brewing Company's SandLot
Brewery is part of Tenth and Blake, the craft and import division of
Opening its doors in the right field corner of Coors Field in 1995 in Denver,
Blue Moon Brewing Company's SandLot has been at the forefront of brewing
cutting-edge beers. The brewery continues to experiment with unique
ingredients to develop bolder beer flavors for the constantly evolving
taste-preference of today's beer drinker. Nationally recognized for its Blue
Moon Belgian White, a beer first brewed and served at the SandLot, the brewery
opened its doors for the first time this year to guests on non-game days.
"This is a truly amazing honor to be acknowledged amongst our fellow brewers,
by beer judges from across the country and aroundthe world," said John
Legnard, SandLot brewmaster. "We couldn't be more humbled to receive such a
prestigious reward for the work we are so passionate about."
In addition to winning "Large Brewing Company of the Year," SandLot's "Move
Back" was awarded a gold medal in the Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
category, "Second Hand Smoke" won a gold medal in the Smoke Beer category and
"Goat Rancher" won a bronze medal in the Bock category.
To add to the celebration, MillerCoors received five additional medals at this
year's festival, which featured nearly 5,000 judged beers.
"We are thrilled to celebrate and toast the SandLot team on their incredible
achievement," said David Ryder, head brewmaster at MillerCoors. "This year has
proven more than ever that MillerCoors continues to deliver the best and most
diverse portfolio in the American beer industry."
The complete list of medals won by MillerCoors at the 2013 GABF®:
oMove Back (SandLot) – Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
oSecond Hand Smoke (SandLot) – Smoke Beer
oGolden Knot – Chardonnay (Blue Moon Brewing Company) – Fruit Beer
oLeinenkugel's Canoe Paddler (Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company) –
oMiller High Life (Miller Brewing Company) – American-Style Light Lager
oLeinenkugel's Creamy Dark (Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company) –
American-Style Dark Lager
oGoat Rancher (SandLot) – Bock
oIPL (AC Golden Brewing Co.) – International-Style Pale Ale
Since 1996, including medals previously won as Miller Brewing Company and
Coors Brewing Company, MillerCoors has won a combined 271 medals at the Great
American Beer Festival® and the bi-annual World Beer Cup®, also hosted by the
An annual event in Denver, The Great American Beer Festival® was held from
October 10-12 and offered different styled beers from 624 breweries to more
than 49,000 beer enthusiasts. Known as the signature event in the U.S. brewing
industry, its medals are recognized as among the most respected in the
MillerCoors brews, markets and sells the MillerCoors portfolio of brands in
the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Built on a foundation of great beer brands and
nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of
its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the
second-largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S.
beer sales. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, Coors Light
and Miller Lite, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary
brands across every major industry segment. The company offers a variety of
leading craft and import brands, including Blue Moon and Leinenkugel's,
through its Tenth and Blake division. MillerCoors operates eight major
breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel's craft brewery in Chippewa
Falls, Wisc., and two microbreweries, the 10^th Street Brewery in Milwaukee
and the Blue Moon Brewing Company's SandLot Brewery at Coors Field in Denver.
MillerCoors insists on building its brands the right way through brewing
quality, responsible marketing and environmental and community impact.
MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing
Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at facebook.com/MillerCoors or on
Twitter through @MillerCoors.
Contact: Mark Rasmussen, MillerCoors, 312.496.2968,
Mark.Rasmussen@millercoors.com; or Konnor Schmaltz, Olson, 312.854.8394,
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