Three Puget Sound microbreweries won gold medals at the 25th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver over the weekend.
Silver City Brewing Co. of Silverdale won for its Gold Mt. Pilsner, besting 22 competitors in the European-style pilsner category.
Big Time Brewing Co. of Seattle's Goddess Porter beat 70 entries in the robust porter category;
Seattle's Pyramid Breweries' Crystal Weizen beat 22 American-style wheat beer competitors.
Other Washington medalists:
Silver: Pacemaker Porter from Flyers Restaurant and Brewery in Oak Harbor finished behind Big Time's Goddess in the robust porter category;
Silver: Mac's Ale, Pyramid Breweries of Seattle, for its classic English-style pale ale;
Silver: Slapshot Stout, The Ram Restaurant and Big Horn Brewery in Seattle in the classic Irish-style dry stout category;
Silver: Highland Scotch Reserve, Boundary Bay Brewery of Bellingham in the strong Scotch ale category;
Silver: Dragonstooth Stout, Elysian Brewing Co. of Seattle in the other strong ale or lager category;
Bronze: Rambeaux, The Ram Restaurant and Big Horn Brewery of Seattle in the strong Scotch ale category.
The Great American Beer festival is the premier competition among American breweries. This year, more than 360 breweries and 1,600 beers competed.