These breweries have taken the top U.S. brewery honors


Iowa beer wins again.

Bringing home a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for the second time in as many years, Clive-based 515 Brewing Co. scored the top prize in the “Belgian-style dubbel or quadrupel” category for #Quadgoals, the brewery’s Belgian quad beer. 

Described as the largest commercial beer competition in the world (think of it as the Super Bowl for beers), a total 7,923 beers from 2,217 breweries entered at least one of the 98 beer styles judged at Great American Beer Festival over the weekend. Three beers in each category — gold, silver and bronze, respectively — earn a medal. 

At 11 percent alcohol-by-volume, 515 co-owner Ryan Rost described #Quadgoals as a “sippin’ beer." The beer features caramel notes with raisin, cherry and plum flavors. Brewing with Belgian yeast adds a slight spiciness, a news release explains. 515 head brewer Barbara Becker crafted the winning beer.

515 brought home gold in 2016 for Mexican Spring, winner of the “American fruit wheat beer” category. 

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“People may say something like ‘what’s your secret?' It’s really kind of cliche, but I don’t think there is one," Rost said. “It comes down to hard work, attention to detail and love for beer.”

Craft beer lovers can find #Quadgoals at the 515 Brewing taproom (7700 University Ave. in Clive). It’s in limited supply, but the brewery plans to release barrel-aged versions of the beer in 2018.

Iowa breweries to medal at Great American Beer Festival in the last half-decade include Lion Bridge Brewing Co. (2014, 2015, 2016), West O Beer (2014, 2015), Exile Brewing Co. (2015) and Iowa Brewing Co. (2016). 

The full list: Gold medal winners at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival


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