While Coloradans everywhere are likely still nursing a craft-beer-induced hangover, breweries all over the country are celebrating huge wins earned at last week’s Great American Beer Festival. The largest ticketed beer event showcased 266 medal-winning breweries, and 293 total medals were awarded.
The festival broke down the medals won by ratio of medals to entries by state (plus Washington, D.C.) to see where all that quality craft brew was coming from. West Virginia took the top spot, with 12 entries and two medals won. Wyoming came in second with five medals out of 46 entries, and Connecticut followed with four medals out of 39 entries.
The Brewers Association, which runs the festival, crowned Melvin Brewing of Alpine, Wyo., as the Brewery Group and Brewmaster of the Year in the large breweries category. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. of Houston, Texas, took home the most medals by a single brewery, including the Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year award. The competition took place in six sessions over three days and was judged by 276 beer experts from 13 countries.