Denver, CO. October 8,2016: Kohola Brewery of Lahaina, Maui, wins Bronze Medal for Lokahi Pilsner in the German Style Pilsner category at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. There were 115 entries in the category.
In its 30th year, the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 286 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of amateur homebrewers paired with professionals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. 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.
Kohola Brewery, opened on December 2015 with a tasting room and now has 51 draft accounts on Maui. Brewery and tasting room address is 910 Honoapiilani Highway, Suite 55 behind the Subway building.