The Great American Beer Festival was held last week, and one local brewer picked up a silver medal, while six other state beers won awards.

The Great American Beer Festival, held annually in Denver, CO took place last week, and while beer fans weren't allowed to take part because of Covid restrictions, an awards ceremony was held, and several Michigan brewers won awards.

In one of the more popular categories, the German wheat beer, Cedar Springs Brewery earned a second place silver medal for their Küsterer Original Weissbier.

Owner Dave Ringler and Master Brewer Matt Peterson have come up with what they call a "lighter, modern version of the Bavarian weissbier...with fruity and aromactic esters".

I'm not sure what that means, but the beer is darn good going down and pairs well with an afternoon listening to live music at the Brewery on Main Street in Cedartucky, a welcome respite to a day bicycling on the White Pine Trail.

The brewery has won awards before with their Weissbier, including first place gold medals in the 2019 Beer Wars and at the 2017 L.A. International Beer Awards.

Other state breweries earning accolades include, Bell's in Kalamazoo for their Golden Ale, Waypost in Fennville for their Classic Saison, Albion's Malleable brewery for their Belgian Style Ale, Springfield's Territorial Brewing for their Penetrator Doppelbock, Bridgman's Transient Brewery for their Rye Lager Wood Aged Beer, and Kalamazoo Valley College for their Sour Flower Gose Beer.

In addition to those honors, the Brewer's Association Recognition Award went to John Mallett of Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo.

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