Only six months after serving its first beer, Yellow Springs Brewery captured a silver medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition held last week in Denver.
The GABF competition is an Academy Awards of sorts for craft breweries: it attracted more than 4,800 entries from 745 breweries nationwide this year. Yellow Springs Brewery won silver for its “Smokin’ Handsome Brown Ale,” in a “Smoke Beer” category that drew 79 entries from around the country.
“We are thrilled to come home with a silver from GABF,” Jeffrey McElfresh, lead brewer at Yellow Springs Brewery, said in a news release. “It’s an honor to be placed among the best, especially only six months after opening our doors.”
YSB co-founder Lisa Wolters told the Dayton Daily News Tuesday afternoon that the Smokin’ Handsome Brown Ale was the only beer the brewery entered into the competition. “We just wanted to get our feet wet,” Wolters said.
The smoked ale is a variation on their “regular” Handsome Brown Ale, with 20 percent of the malt replaced with smoked malt.
Yellow Springs Brewery started brewing in March and now has more than 20 different rotating beers for sale in their taproom and in bars and restaurants in the Miami Valley and in the Columbus area.