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September 26, 2009 - Dogfish Head, Troegs Lead Delaware Valley Region to 18 Medals at GABF in Denver
Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Harrisburg's Troegs Brewing Company each won a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver today, to lead nine Delaware Valley Breweries to an impressive 18-medal performance.

Triumph Brewing was the only local brewery to achieve double Gold, for Philadelphia's Patrick Jones in the Session Beer category for KinderPils and New Hope's Brendan Anderson for Hefeweizen in the German-style Wheat Ale judging.

DFH won Gold for Chateau Jiahu and Silver for Palo Santo Marron in the Specialty Beer Category and Bronze for Midas Touch in the Specialty Honey Beer Category. Troegs took Gold for Troegenator in the Bock category, Silver for Dead Reckoning Porter in the American-style Stout category and Bronze for Sunshine Pils in the German-style Pilsener category. That last win marked the third straight year a local pils, each from a different brewery, has finished in the top three.

Other Golds were won by Casey Hughes at New Jersey's Flying Fish Brewing Co. for Exit 4 in the American-Belgo Style Ale category; Tim Stumpf at Iron Hill Phoenixville for Schwarzbier in the category of the same name (his second straight), and Ryan Michaels at McKenzie Brew House for Saison Vautour in the Belgian-style Saison category, a second gold for that beer.

Beau Baden at Fegley's Allentown & Bethlehem Brew Works, who is becoming a regular in the winner's circle, won a Silver for Bagpiper's Scotch Ale in that category and Bronze for Rude Elf's Reserve in the Herb and Spiced Ale judging. And Iron Hill added a second medal, a Silver for its Raspberry Torte, an American style Sour Ale brewed in its Media pub by perennial medal winner Bob Barrar. Gordon Grubb at Philadelphia's Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant completed the region's Silver haul with George's Fault in the Specialty Honey Beer category (a second for that beer) to go along with a Bronze for Phruit Phunk, a wood and barrel aged sour brew.

Additional Bronze medals were won by Flying Fish Hop Fish (Classic English-style Pale Ale) and Stoudt Brewing Company's Stoudt Kolsh (German-style K├Âlsch). In all, the region won seven Golds, five Silvers and Six Bronzes. Thirteen of the medals came from Pennsylvania (which won a 14th with Erie Brewing's Railbender Scotch Ale). DFH accounted for Delaware's three wins, while Long Valley Pub & Brewery brought NJ's overall total to three, adding a Bronze for Lazy Jake Porter to the pair of Flying Fish wins.--JACK CURTIN