It happens every year around this time. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to go to the Great American Beer Festival this year but I've been in the past and based on what I've heard from friends and colleagues, it was as good as ever. While beer lovers, connoisseurs, brewers and writers came together to enjoy samples of beer from across the country, a select group of professionals sat down to elect the very best of the bunch.
The judges perform a series of blind tastings to choose a gold, silver and bronze winner in 84 different categories. I took a closer look at five of those 84 gold medal winners.
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