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Local Brewing Companies Bring Home National Awards

BUCYRUS, Mo. – A local brewing company claimed a gold medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival competition held in Denver, Colorado this past weekend.
BUCYRUS, Mo. – A local brewing company claimed a gold medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival competition held in Denver, Colorado this past weekend.

According to a statement released by the company, Piney River Brewing Company claimed the gold medal in the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers in the United States.

“Everyone at Piney River is overwhelmed and honored to bring home a gold medal from our small brewery here in the Ozarks,” says Brian Durham, head brewer and co-founder at Piney River Brewing, in the statement.

Piney River Brewing was recognized in the “brown porter” beer-style category for its Old Tom porter, a traditional English-style ale featuring roasted malts that have chocolate and coffee flavors with a balanced hop profile.

Piney River Brewing is located on Durham’s 80-acre farm, operating out of a restored 70-year old barn. Durham founded the brewery with his wife, Joleen, in 2010 with a 10-gallon brewing system. The seven-barrel brewhouse and related packaging equipment went into full-time use in the fall of 2011. The brewery has distribution throughout Central and Southwest Missouri and Arkansas.

Another local brewing company took home a medal from the festival as well.
In a separate statement, Springfield Brewing Company announced it took home a national award from GABF. This is SBC’s tenth medal from the festival since it was founded in 1997.

“We are so thrilled to have won the silver medal for our Heart of Darkness Dunkel, a dark, malty lager with aromas of dark bread, roasted nuts and warm earthiness, brewed in February of this year to bring warmth to winter,” said Master Brewer Ashton Lewis in the statement. “Thank you to our hard working brewers, our entire SBC family and friends, and all of our customers and fans for your continued support.”

The 2013 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 201 expert judges from the record number of 4,809 entries received from 745 U.S. breweries.

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