By Jeff Maisey

Sixteen independent craft breweries from Virginia score medals  at the 34th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

In total, 1,720 breweries participated during this year’s virtual event and 273 metals were awarded overall. 

Skipping Rock Beer Co, with locations in Charlottesville and Staunton, was the best performer from Virginia, winning a gold for its Baltic Porter and its Amber Lager taking home a a bronze.

The Virginia medalists are as follows: 



O’Connor Brewing Co., ODIS, Category: Stout

Smartmouth Brewing Co, Safety Dance, Category: Kellerbier/Zwickelbier

Sweetwater Tavern Centerville, Crazy Jackass Ale, Category: Rye Beer

Lost Rhino Brewing Co, RhinO’fest, Category: Vienna-Style Lager

Skipping Rock Beer Co, Baltic Porter, Category: International Dark Lager



Precarious Beer Project, Fortune & Glory, Category: Bohemian-style Pilsener

Bear Chase Brewing Co, Kodiak Kolsch, Category: German-Style Kolsch

Blue Mountain Brewery, Summer Lovin’, Category: English Ale

Rocket Frog Brewing Co, Wallops Island, Category: American-Style Brown Ale



Big Ugly Brewing, Steady As She Gose – POG, Category: Contemporary Gose

Skipping Rock Beer Co., Amber Lager, Category: Amber American Lager

Port City Brewing Co., Oktoberfest, Category: Vienna-Style Lager

Random Row Brwwing Co, Mosaic Pale Ale, Category: Juicy/Hazy Pale Ale

Old Bust Head Brwing Co, Vixen, Category: Irish Red Ale

Beale’s, Plumpricot, Category: Specialty Berliner-Style Weisse

Barley Naked Brewing Co, Irish Prenup, Category: Sweet Stout/Cream Stout