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Local beers bring home medals

The best beer in the world come together

The Fish Team from Fish Brewing Co. and Fish Tale Brew Pub brings home the bronze for their Leavenworth Boulder Bend Ale. Photo credit: Fish Tale Brew Pub

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Earlier this month, at the 30th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, two local beers stood head and shoulders above the competition. Located in Olympia, Fish Brewing Company's American style wheat beer with yeast, Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen, took the Bronze as the third best beer in that category, and Lakewood's own RAM Brewery brought home the gold for their Colorado Hometown Blonde, judged the best English-style summer ale out of dozens of competitors.

Put on by the American Brewer's Association, the yearly Great American Beer Festival is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. It is the industry's "top public tasting opportunity and competition" and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as offering the largest number of beers on tap at a single location. It's not surprising that the weekend festivities drew 60,000 visitors from all over the world.

This year, the judges' panel, consisting of 264 beer experts from 12 different countries (including the United States of America) and 170 volunteers, awarded 286 medals to the top beers out of more than 7,000 entries from more than 1,700 breweries. Of those 286 medals, Washington state breweries brought home a total of 14.

The gold medal-winning Colorado Hometown Blonde Ale, produced by The RAM Brewery, located on 59th Ave. SW in Lakewood, is a stunning English-style summer ale with notes of honey, malt and citrus. Fish Brewing Company, which operates the Fish Tale Brew Pub and is located on Jefferson St. SE in Olympia, brought home the bronze for the second year in a row for their hearty Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen, an unfiltered Hefeweizen which tastes of chocolate, caramel and malt.

To learn more about the South Sound's award-winning beers, visit The RAM Restaurant and Brewery in Lakewood or the Fish Tale Brew Pub in Olympia.

RAM Restaurant and Brewery, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday; 10019 59th Ave. SW, Lakewood, 253.584.3191

Fish Tale Brew Pub, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday; 9 a.m. to midnight, Saturday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday; 515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia, 360.943.6480

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