Great Taste of the Midwest takes runner-up spot
Beer festivals not only offer attendees the chance to sample numerous brews – sometimes even rare and one-off pours – these events also allow beer fans to dialog with their favorite brewmasters, sample paired foods and learn about a host of topics related to beer and brewing.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Beer Festival are as follows:
- Great American Beer Festival - Denver
- Great Taste of the Midwest - Leisure winter Shorts Taylor LOFT Ann Madison, Wis.
- Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival - Atlantic City
- The Festival - Location Varies
- TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival - Ann Shorts Leisure winter Taylor LOFT Hunter Mountain, N.Y.
- Michigan Summer Beer Festival - Ypsilanti, Mich.
- Tailspin Ale Fest - Louisville
- Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest - Paso Robles, Calif.
- Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival - Breckenridge, Colo.
- Dark Lord Day - Munster, Ind.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Ruth Berman (Bon Beer Voyage), Julia Herz (CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course), Gary Monterosso (What’s On Tap), Jack Muldowney (The Hop Review) and Ale Sharpton were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the North American beer scene.
Congratulations to all these winning beer festivals!
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Dr. Ruth Berman is the CEO and BBB (Brains Beyond the Beer) of Bon Beer Voyage, an award-winning international beer tour company for Belgian and Craft Beer Enthusiasts. Bon Beer Voyage was created by Ruth and her husband, Mike Arra, as the beer lover’s casual but exclusive version of elite wine tours. They offer high quality, small group, gourmet beer vacations (Beercations) in the US and abroad; providing their guests with one-of-kind experiences, locally guided sightseeing, great food, brewery insider visits and beer tastings. Ruth is also a Certified Tour Director, Licensed Tour Guide and a Cicerone Program Certified Beer Server. She is member of the Pink Boots Society and the North American Guild of Beer Writers. While traveling, Ruth enjoys paintings watercolors of the breweries she visits.
Focusing on long-form editorial style content and aesthetic, The Hop Review aims to deliver the industry’s best stories–with an approachability to beer enthusiasts of all types. Since inception in 2012, THR has been fortunate to sit down with some of beer’s best brewers, shop owners, distributors and brand managers from Chicago, the Midwest and around the globe. As a co-founder of The Hop Review, Jack Muldowney has carried over his eye for the carefully-branded, from his full time career as a designer. He prefers beers of the 'pale' variety and credits Chicago for changing his perception as to what makes a great brew.
Dennis Malcolm Byron, aka Ale Sharpton, is a world-renowned beer authority, award-winning journalist, blogger, photographer, event host and gourmand. He has contributed to more than 20 magazines and numerous websites, and passionately travels the globe to cover what he terms the world’s best beverage. He's recently contributed to CraftBeer.com, Beer Advocate, All About Beer, Modern Luxury’s magazines and USA TODAY. On the visual side, Ale has his engaging Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ video productions, a Vimeo channel, and television appearances including Atlanta Eats, NBC and Europe’s Travel Channel. Although a native New Yorker, graduate of Shaker Heights High School and a proud Cornellian, he proudly calls Atlanta his home. Follow Ale’s globetrotting adventures on Twitter and Instagram.