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competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the
world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The winners in the
competition’s 96 beer-style categories were announced October 8 at the Great American Beer Festival awards
ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.
Luke Holgate, Head Brewer at Hi-Wire Brewing, notes “it's amazing to know our crew made a beer on par with
the top brewers in the country. It shows our internal drive to constantly improve, and when we execute, there
is world class beer coming out of our facility.” Additionally, Chris Frosaker, Co-owner of Hi-Wire Brewing, said
"this medal justifies all of the hard work and time it has taken to launch a lager program that sees multiple
unique releases per year. Lagers are hard to do right and take a lot of time and space, and it feels amazing to
see that dedication paying off and being recognized."
Hi-Wire Brewing was recognized in the German-Style Maerzen beer-style category for its Zirkusfest
Oktoberfest (6% ABV), a traditional Maerzen that boasts all the flavors one wants in a rich Oktoberfest lager
without the heavy finish. The use of Munich malt provides upfront biscuity and honey flavors that fade into a
dry finish. Hi-Wire Brewing is a regional brewery, located in Asheville, NC that specializes in approachable and
balanced ales and lagers.
The 2016 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 264 expert judges from the
record number of 7,227 entries, plus 88 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,752 U.S. breweries.
“The innovation, creativity and flavor of American beers was well showcased at this year’s Great American
Beer Festival,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This was the most
competitive competition to date, with a record number of entries. Congratulations to all the winners who truly
demonstrated the best of America’s beer culture.”