Two local brewers win gold at Great American Beer Festival

Two D.C.-area breweries came away from last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver with top honors.

Gold medals went to Alexandria-based Port City Brewing Co. for its Optimal Wit in the Belgian-style Witbier category, and to Ashburn-based Lost Rhino Brewing Co. for its Rhinofest in the German-style Marzen category.

Port City also won a silver and two bronze medals.

Maryland’s lone medal winner was Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewery, winning a bronze medal for its Dogtoberfest in the German-style Marzen category.

The big winner in Virginia was Devils Backbone Brewing Co., near Charlottesville, winning a total of eight medals, including two gold medals.

Devil’s Backbone Brewery was also named Best Small Brewing Company of the Year.

You can see the full list of this year’s medal winners at the Great American Beer Festival here.

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