Butcherknife Brewing Company Awarded Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival®

Sunshine Express Honored for Brewing Excellence in Australian-Style Pale Ale

Steamboat Springs, CO • September 24, 2018 — Butcherknife Brewing Company received a gold medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 102 beer-style categories were announced September 22 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Butcherknife Brewing was recognized in the Australian-Style Pale Ale beer-style category for its Sunshine Express, a supremely drinkable session ale that boasts an intense tropical fruit aroma yet maintains a light body, low alcohol presence and reduced bitterness. Butcherknife Brewing is a 30-barrel production brewery and taproom located in Steamboat Springs, CO that specializes in fully flavored yet sessionable ales and lagers ranging from American IPAs to classic German pilsners and hefeweizens.

“Winning any medal at the Great American Beer Festival is an incredible honor, but for a brand new beer like Sunshine Express to win gold on it’s first try is unbelievable. We’re excited to bring this medal back to Steamboat Springs and to use it as continued motivation to brew and serve great beer to the fine folks of Northwest Colorado” said Grant McFarren, Head Brewer at Butcherknife Brewing.

“This has been a great award for us! The whole team here at Butcherknife is excited and we thank all the support we get from our community” adds Nate Johansing, Founder of Butcherknife Brewing. “Now, I hope we have a normal snow year.”

The 2018 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 293 expert judges from 8,496 entries, received from 2,404 U.S. breweries, plus 101 Pro-Am and 49 Collaboration entries.

“The 32nd edition of the GABF competition yielded a remarkable turnout of the country’s most exemplary beers,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “I’m continuously impressed by contenders’ talent and passion and would like to extend congratulations to this year’s winners for their excellence in brewing.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2018 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.

Butcherknife Brewing Company employees pose with Brewers Association founder Charlie Papazian (center) following their Gold Medal in Australian-Style Pale Ale at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Butcherknife staff pictured are (left to right): Nate Johansing (Founder), Erin Orr (Account Manager), Grant McFarren (Head Brewer), and David Elrod (Brewer).

Photo © 2018 Brewers Association



Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will be joining us at Butcherknife, with Paul Komor, CU Boulder Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Environmental Studies.

The global energy system is undergoing dramatic and exciting changes. Renewables are growing at a phenomenal rate, energy efficient technologies are popping up worldwide, and innovative energy technologies (such as distributed storage and smart thermostats) all point to a sustainable energy future.

Why is this happening, seemingly all of a sudden? (And why did it take so long?) Are these changes happening quickly enough to stabilize the climate? Are we on the right path, and what might cause us to fall off it?

In this talk I’ll discuss how and why the energy system is changing, present the latest data on energy trends and technologies, and lead a discussion of future energy trends, risks, and opportunities.


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