Goodyear’s Saddle Mountain Brewing Company won a gold medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival October 7 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Presented by the Brewers Association, the festival is the world’s largest commercial beer competition and recognizes the most outstanding American-produced beers.
Saddle Mountain Brewing Company was recognized in the Scottish-Style Ale beer-style category for its Taildragger Clan-Destine.
Clan-Destine is a malt-forward beer, with flavors of toffee and caramel sugar that linger. Light brown in appearance with red tones, the beer pairs well with many Saddle Mountain Brewing Company menu items, such as its fish and chips, burgers, pastrami and corned beef. The name is a play on words, derived from the concept of a Scottish clan and the word clandestine.
Saddle Mountain Brewing Company is a full-service American-style gastro-brewpub that offers a full menu to coincide with an extensive lineup of house-brewed beers. The staff brews its lineup of beers under the name Taildragger; a nod to owner Jacob Hansen’s love for all-things aviation.
“This is the greatest honor we could possibly have hoped for. Brewmaster Neal Huttenhow deserves all the credit for crafting such a fantastic Scottish-Style Ale,” said Jacob Hansen, Saddle Mountain Brewing Company owner.
The 2017 competition winners were selected by an international panel of 276 expert judges from 7,923 entries, plus 118 Pro-Am entries, received from 2,217 U.S. breweries.
“Each year the Great American Beer Festival showcases the best that American brewers have to offer,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “With a record 8,000-plus entries, this year’s competition was the most competitive to date.”
Saddle Mountain will celebrate its third anniversary on Saturday, October 21.