The path to victory wasn’t easy but the walked away from the 2011 Great American Beer Festival Competition with a gold and bronze medal over the weekend.
CEO and Executive Brewer Bill Madden said Mad Fox had a big contingent at the Denver festival. He said he entered 18 beers in 16 different categories but had a scare getting the 72 bottles to Denver.
“The cases of beer we bottled for the competition was lost by FedEx in Memphis for three days,” Madden said.
Madden said he and his team started preparing for the festival four months ago. Mad Fox captured a gold medal for their Kölsch Kellerbier and a bronze medal for their English Summer Ale. Madden said the Kölsch Kellerbier being served in the City of Falls Church brewpub is from the same award winning batch. The Great American Beer Festival is the largest commercial beer competition in the world, with 3,930 beers vying for 248 medals. Competition entries were received from 526 breweries from 48 states plus Puerto Rico. Over the last 17-years, Madden has won eight awards for his beers between the GABF and the Chicago Real Ale Festival.
In the months leading up to the Denver-based beer festival Madden said there was a lot of work put into preparation. Four bottle of each of the 18 beers entered in the judging had to be packaged and sent to the competition.
“There’s a lot that goes into it,” Madden said. “It’s a lot of pressure the months leading up to the competition.”
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