Short Fuse Brewing Company Earns Brewer/Brewery of the year and Silver Medals at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival®

  • Short Fuse Brewer Craig Kofod (center) and Owner Nicholas Teague accepting Brewer and Brewery of the year at this year's Great American Beer Festival®. Head Brewer Brian LaGro not pictured.

    Short Fuse Brewer Craig Kofod (center) and Owner Nicholas Teague accepting Brewer and Brewery of the year at this year's Great American Beer Festival®. Head Brewer Brian LaGro not pictured.

 
 
Updated 9/15/2021 9:08 AM

Tropical Hurt Locker and Vocal Jam recognized at world's largest professional beer competition

Carrie Reamer

 

Short Fuse Brewing Company was awarded Brewer/Brewery of the year (2001-5000 barrels) and two silver medals at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, presented by the Brewers Association®.

The best beers in 97 beer categories covering 175 different beer styles (including all subcategories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals at a ceremony at the Bellco Theatre in Denver on Friday evening during the Craft Brewers Conference® and livestreamed on The Brewing Network.

Short Fuse Brewing Company was recognized in the Experimental beer-style category for its Vocal Jam, a fruited kettle sour ale with boysenberry, blueberry, and coffee and the Fruited American Sour Ale category for its Tropical Hurt Locker, a fruited sour ale made with big amounts of raspberry and passionfruit. Short Fuse Brewing Company is an innovative 2000+ barrel brewery, taproom and restaurant located in Schiller Park, IL that prides itself on making many styles of quality craft beer.

"Every brewery hopes that they can pickup an award at GABF, but to win 2 awards and brewery of the year is beyond what we could have even hoped for,"said Nicholas Teague, owner at Short Fuse Brewing Company.

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Judging took place in 34 sessions over 17 days with strict health and safety measures in place. 170 judges evaluated 9,680 entries from 2,192 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

"Despite being forced to cancel the festival portion of GABF, our brewing community rallied together to make this year's GABF competition one for the books ; our largest competition judged to date," said Chris Swersey, competition director, Great American Beer Festival. "Judges continue to be impressed with the quality and innovation of all entries they evaluated. The Brewers Association is proud to honor this year's deserving winners."

For more information on the GABF competition, including a complete 2021 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.

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