Grid City Beer Works was awarded a bronze medal at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, presented by the Brewers Association . The best beers in 91 beer categories covering 170 different beer styles (including all subcategories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals during a virtual ceremony Friday, October 16, hosted on The Brewing Network.
Grid City Beer Works was recognized in the Honey Beer category for its Honey Cream
Ale, a British American style hybrid cream ale featuring Belgian and British malts,
intense orange blossom honey and floral hop aromas, and a dry, crisp, refreshing finish.
Grid City Beer Works is a new brewpub located at 333 West 2100 South in South Salt
Lake City, Utah that prides itself on delivering one of the most unique beer tasting
experiences in the country. Their 5 flagship beers are available in unique draft formats
at the pub, including the Honey Cream, Pale, and Brown Ales which are served on
Cask, Nitro, and conventional CO2; and their Bohemian style Pilsner and Hoppy Pilsner
that are both served in the traditional Czech way from sidepull faucets.
Slated to open on March 19 th 2020, Grid City Beer Works delayed its opening for 45
days due to the onset of Covid-19. It was one of 337 first time breweries to enter the
GABF and one of only 19 first time medal winners. Grid City Beer Works is also taking
craft seltzer to a new level with its recent release of an 8.2% Rosé Hard Seltzer made
with all natural fruit ingredients.
“Our motto when we create a beer is Taste, Balance, Finish. This medal winning Honey
Cream Ale was the first version that our brewmaster Jeremy brewed on our commercial
system. We spent six years in the lead up to opening defining our flagship offerings and
brewed them dozens of times before arriving at final versions. The effort we put into
developing recipes led us to discover unique flavor profiles for “old school” styles of
beer, some with a new twist like the Honey Cream Ale. This one took us a lot longer
than others to get right in the R&D phase, and we are so thrilled that Jeremy nailed it
with the first batch. We couldn’t be more excited for the recognition of that time and
hard work”, said Drew Reynolds, CEO at Grid City Beer Works.
Judges for the 34 th edition of the celebrated competition evaluated 8,806 entries from
1,720 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Socially distanced judging
took place in 35 sessions over 18 days with strict safety measures in place.
“This year’s GABF competition may have looked a little different, but the beers entered
into the competition were as impressive and innovative as ever,” said Chris Swersey,
competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This has arguably been one of
the most challenging years breweries have ever faced, so we hope these awards serve
as a symbol not only of brewing excellence but also the resiliency of the craft brewing
community as a whole.”