Rob Tod, founder of Allagash Brewing. Photo courtesy of Allagash Brewing Co.

Allagash Brewing Company won three medals at last weekend’s  Great American Beer Festival, including Brewery/Brewer of the Year.

Great American is the most widely entered beer competition in the country, with more than 2,000 breweries submitting entries this year. The event was held from Sept. 21-23 in Denver.

The Portland brewery’s honors included a Gold Medal for Allagash Tripel in the Belgian-style Abbey Ale category, a Silver Medal for Allagash White in the Belgian-style Witbier category, and Brewery and Brewer of the Year in the “Brewery Group” size category. Allagash was the only Maine brewery to take home medals from this year’s event.

Allagash has won medals annually for the last four years at the festival. The latest awards bring the brewery’s medal count for the Great American competition to a total of eight, including four gold, two silver and two bronze. Allagash’s Tripel alone has won six medals, including four gold and two silver.

Moreover, Allagash White has won seven medals on its own at the World Beer Cup and Euro Beer Star Awards, two major international beer competitions. Allagash officials claim the number of prizes Allagash White has earned make it the world’s most-awarded Belgian-style witbier.

“It’s always an honor to win something at this event, and to win an award like (Brewery/Brewer of the Year) is even more special,” said Allagash Brewmaster Jason Perkins.

“We’ve got an amazing team at the brewery and we care very deeply about quality and how our beer turns out, and that can be reflected in how it’s judged in a blind tasting,” Perkins added. “Winning an award like this is not why we do what we do, but it’s certainly a nice accolade for everyone to be excited about on the team.”

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