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September 20, 2010 - East Coast Breweries Bring Home 30 GABF Medals
East Coast breweries won 30 medals at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival this weekend, a 25% drop from the previous two years when they took 40 both times.

Pennsylvania led the way with nine medals plus two for Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant which are credited to IH's Delaware headquarters by the Brewers Association but which Beer Yard methodology credits to actual pub at which they were brewed, in Media. The combined total of 11 is three less than in 2009.

Ten Pennsylvania medals were won by breweries which are major players in the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley market. Iron Hill's two Golds, for Pig Iron Porter and Russian Imperial Stout, were brewed by perennial medalist Bob Barrar. Tröegs Brewing Co., on a long medal-streak of its own with Tröegenator Doppelbock (marketed as a Double Bock but always entered in the Bock category), won three: Gold for The Flying Mouflan Barleywine, and Silvers for Tröegenator and HopBack Amber Ale.

A Gold for Ryan Michaels' Saison Vautour from McKenzie Brew House should firmly establish that beer in the local pantheon; the Gold was the second straight and the third overall. A fourth Gold went to Brett Kintzer at Stoudt's Brewing Company for Heifer in Wheat. Patrick Jones, who recently severed his relationship with Triumph Brewing Company, went out with a pair of Silvers for Kellerbier and Dunkel Lager. Weyerbacher brought home its first ever GABF medal, a Bronze to head brewer Chris Wilson and his team for Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

The final Pennsylvania medal was a Bronze for The Jaspers, brewed by Terry Hawbaker at The Bullfrog in Williamsport.

Thirteen medals from resurgent New England included five in Massachusetts, a Gold and Silver to Haverhill Brewery, a pair of Bronzes to Boston Beer Company and a Pro-Am win for Wormtown Brewing Co. with homebrewer Keith Antul. Maine and New Hampshire added three each, a trifecta of Gold, Silver and Bronze for Allagash Brewing Co, in the first case, and a Sliver and Bronze for Portsmouth Brewery and Bronze for The Prodigal Brewery in the latter. Rhode Island (Bronze to Trinity Brewhouse) and Vermont (Gold to The Alchemist) completed the total.

New York won four medals: Gold for Ithaca Beer Company, Silver and Bronze for Great Adirondack Brewing Co, Bronze for Brewery Ommegang. Clipper City Brewing Co, added two Bronzes for Maryland, for Heavy Seas Marzen and Heavy Seas Gold Ale. --JACK CURTIN