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Earth Rider Brewery Wins Gold Medal at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival®

Duluth Coffee Pale Ale stands out at world’s largest commercial beer competition

Earth Rider Brewery was awarded a gold medal at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, the world’s largest commercial beer competition. The GABF, presented by the Brewers Association, recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded on Oct. 5 in Denver in 107 beer categories, establishing the best examples of each style in the country.

Earth Rider Brewery was recognized in the coffee beer-style category for its Duluth Coffee Pale Ale, a mildly hopped pale crafted using single-farm sourced beans roasted by the Duluth Coffee Company.

“Our brewing team works tirelessly to brew outstanding beer,” said Earth Rider’s founder and president, Tim Nelson. “Winning national awards is always validating and inspiring for us. We are thrilled to win a second major award in as many years.”

In the 33rd edition of the GABF competition, 9,497 entries were submitted to the general competition, along with 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaboration entries. The beer was made by 2,295 breweries from across the nation, with entries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Judging took place over the course of three days, with an international panel of 322 judges from 18 countries.

“This year’s GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The beers and talent were as impressive as ever, and I’m thrilled to congratulate this year’s winners for their achievements in brewing.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2019 winners list and photos, visit

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