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Weekly Online Newsletter Vol. 54


The 30th Anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival was this past weekend. They also celebrated the 35th Anniversary of gathering annually. I’ve included some information on the festival below courtesy: https://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/

I’ve also included our individual brewery awards – A special congratulations goes out to Summit Brewing Company on winning a Gold medal on their 30th Anniversary in the same year GABF celebrates 30 years!

 Overview: Great American Beer Festival Competition

In a ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to winning breweries in 96 beer categories covering 161 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country. Neither a gold nor a silver medal were awarded in the Pumpkin/Squash Beer category.

Winners were chosen from 7,227 competition entries (nearly 9 percent more than the 6,647 entries in 2015 and surpassing all previous participation records) from 1,752 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

The competition also saw its biggest-ever panel of judges, with 264 beer experts from 12 countries, including the U.S., and 170 competition volunteers. The panel also evaluated 88 Pro-Am entries, which were judged in three rounds over four days.


Photo © Brewers Association

Summary: 2016 Great American Beer Festival Statistics

  • 35th anniversary of the festival; 30th edition of the GABF competition
  • 780 breweries in the festival hall
  • 3,800+ beers served at the festival
  • 60,000 attendees
  • 3,600 volunteers (festival and competition combined)
  • 1,752 breweries in the competition from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
  • 254 medal-winning breweries
  • 286 total medals awarded
  • 7,227 beers judged (not including 88 Pro-Am competition entries), a nearly 9 percent increase over 2015
  • 96 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition
  • 264 judges from 12 different countries
  • Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 75 (excludes Pro-Am beers)
  • Category with highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale: 312


Photo © Brewers Association

A Special Congratulations goes out to Summit Brewing Company Winning Gold on their 30th Anniversary in the same year that The Great American Beer Festival celebrates their 30th Anniversary!!


Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, Calif.

Gregory Deuhs

Category 4: Fruit Wheat Beer

Silver: Mango Wheat, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Denver  CO

Category 36: American-Style Light Lager or German-Style Light Lager

Bronze: Coors Light, Coors Brewing Co., Golden CO

Category 37: American Style Lager or Ice Lager or Malt Liquor

Gold: Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR), Pabst Brewing Co.,  Los Angeles, CA

Silver: Coors Banquet, Coors Brewin Co., Golden, CO

Category 38: American-Style Cream Ale

Silver: Old Style Lager, Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA

Category 54: Classic English-Style Pale Ale

Gold: Extra Pal Ale, Summit Brewing Co., Saint Paul, MN

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What’s Brewing Bergseth Bros.

Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.53

Rhombus Guys Brewing Company Logo Wrapped

I had the pleasure to visit a historical gem this past weekend in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Rhombus Guys Brewing Company located in the historic Metropolitan Opera House in Downtown Grand Forks. The building was built in 1890, was home to a few other businesses until it was ravished by flood waters in the 1997. It remained an empty historic shell for over 15 years. That was until Matt Winjum and Arron Hendricks purchased the building in 2013. The transformation from Metropolitan Opera House to Brewery was underway shortly after the purchase. During the year-long renovation they did a great job preserving the historical significance of the building while adding modern touches. Rhombus Guys Brewing Company just celebrated its one year Anniversary with a party at the brewery       bldg1Historic Metropolitan Opera House

   img_3283The Rhombus Guys are, left to right, Arron Hendricks, Chad Gunderson, Matt Winjum

In just one short year Rhombus Guys Brewing Company has made a name for themselves, winning three prestigious awards in this very short time.


Happy Harry’s Beer & Bacon, Grand Forks, ND

Best Brewery – Rhombus Brewing Company



Bernie’s Bacon & Beer, Fargo, ND

Best Brewery – Rhombus Brewing Company



Summer Beer Dabbler, St. Paul, MN

Lord Dabbler’s Cup (Best Brewery) – Rhombus Brewing Company


On your next trip to the Grand Cities make sure you take time to tour of this beautiful brewery. Until then, Enjoy a pint of Rhombus Brewing Company Beer!

Brews currently Available from Rhombus Brewing Company:



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What’s Brewing Bergseth Bros.

Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.52


As I sipped on my Pumpkin Spice Latte® this weekend I was thinking what can be better in the fall with flavors of cinnamon, ginger, all spice and nutmeg…… Well Duh, all of these flavors in beer! The change in the weather and leaves not only brings us Oktoberfest but Pumpkin ales, lagers and ciders. Pumpkin beer for me encompasses the flavors of fall in one glass. If you’re feeling really adventurous try layering these beers with Guinness. Another great combination is with Empyrean Dark Side Vanilla Porter mix half and half pumpkin beer to porter.

Brewers get very creative when making these beers, most using real pumpkin while adding classic fall spices; ginger, all spice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, etc. Brewers also change flavors with the style of yeast they use, whether they use traditional ale, lager or Belgian yeast all of these yeasts will influence the flavor profile of the beer.

At Bergseth Bros. we are fortunate to carry many brands that excel in making award winning pumpkin ales, lagers and ciders.

Frothy Orange Pumpkin Ale Ready to Drink









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Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.51

It is starting to feel like fall outside with the dropping temperature and the changing colors of foliage. In the beer industry we know what that means; time for some hearty ciders, ales and lagers. Bergseth Bros. takes great pride in our selection of Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers. In fact, we’ve added a few additional beers. These are some great brews and extremely limited so don’t pass these up. The beers we’ve added are listed below.



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Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.50


We have a busy week planned with Odell Brewing Company in our territory. All products are available and awaiting to ship from our warehouse. Odell Brewing Company goes to great lengths to make sure the quality of their product is top notch.  In fact, Odell 90 Shilling Ale received a gold medal at the recent World Beer Cup for the German-Style Altbier category.  I wanted to showcase Odell’s brewing process and advances they have made over the years. Press the play button on pictures to play the videos. For more information on Odell Brewing Company check out their website: https://www.odellbrewing.com/


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