Ornery Beer Company Wins Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival®

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Ornery Beer Company earned a Gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 96 beer-style categories were announced October 8 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

“This is an incredible honor for our whole team at Ornery Beer Company. We opened just over a year ago so this is our first time competing in the Great American Beer Festival, to be recognized as the best Kolsch-style ale is simply amazing. Our Head Brewer, Chris Jacques, is a wonderfully talented and meticulous brewer. To win a Gold Medal in the Kolsch category is a tremendous recognition to Chris and our whole brewery team.” said Randy Barnette, Owner at Ornery Beer Company.

Ornery Beer Company was recognized in the German-style Koelsch category for its Light of Cologne Ale. With 110 entries in the Kolsch category this year, this was a highly competitive category. Kolsch is an ale traditionally brewed in Koln, Germany, has a slightly crisper hop character than found in many German pale lagers with a slightly vinous flavor from the malts. Located in Woodbridge, Ornery Beer Company is a casual but elevated pub serving our meticulously crafted, house-brewed ales and lagers paired with our executive chef’s creative menu. Ornery Beer Company is Prince William County’s first brewpub (a brewery and restaurant), recently voted by the readers of InsideNova as the Best Brewery in Prince William County. Ornery Beer Co. has a 15-barrel brewery producing eight to twelve distinct beers served in the brewpub along with wholesale distribution throughout the Washington DC and Northern Virginia area.

This was another terrific year for Virginia breweries at GABF, winning a total of 13 medals in this year’s competition.

The 2016 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 264 expert judges from the record number of 7,227 entries, plus 88 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,752 U.S. breweries.

“The innovation, creativity and flavor of American beers was well showcased at this year’s Great American Beer Festival,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This was the most competitive competition to date, with a record number of entries. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated the best of America’s beer culture.”

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