Bend Brewing Company has won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival this year! The winners at the GABF were announced yesterday, and in Category 39, American-Style India Pale Ale, Bend Brewing took the gold for their HopHead Imperial IPA. Awesome! That’s a huge honor in the world of beer; Bend Brewing beat out 93 other contenders for this medal.
I believe that HopHead was one of the first (if not the first) beers that they bottled for general release (being a brewpub, they only serve on-premise). It’s currently on tap right now, too, so now is as good a time as any to visit the brewery—they’re located at 1019 NW Brooks Street downtown, just half a block down from the Pine Tavern restaurant.
Sometime soon I hope to write a more in-depth post about them. For right now, congrats!