Gold Medal Winners Rely on Birko for Better Beer

November 14, 2011

HENDERSON, Colo. – Birko, a leader in providing sanitation solutions to the craft brewery industry, announced that many of its customers were recognized at this year’s Great American Beer Festival®.

“Our customers were big winners at the 2011 GABF® competition,“ said Dana Johnson, Birko’s brewery specialist. “They rely on Birko’s cleaning and sanitation products to make a better beer – batch after batch. Birko has consistently earned the reputation of solving our customers’ toughest brewery problems.”

These Birko brewery customers won gold medals:

Category 5: Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer
Upslope Pumpkin Ale, Upslope Brewing Co., Boulder, Colo.

Category 12: Session Beer
Wheat Wine Ale, Smuttynose Brewing Co., Portsmouth, N.H.

Category 16: Gluten-Free Beer
Gluten-Free Lemon Pale, Strange Brewing Co., Denver, Colo.

Category 18: American-Style Sour Ale
Le Terroir, New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.

Category 19: American-Style Brett Ale
Confluence, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, Maine

Category 20: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
Velvet Merkin, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif.

Category 21: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Melange a Trois, Nebraska Brewing Co., Papillion, Neb.

Category 23: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Friek, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.

Category 27: American-Style or International-Style Pilsener
BEER, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Albuquerque, N.M.

Category 28: German-Style Pilsener
Pavlov’s Pils, CB & Potts Restaurant & Brewery, Fort Collins, Colo.

Category 35: German-Style Marzen
Stein Knocker, Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co., Midvale, Utah

Category 37: European-Style Dunkel
Dunkel Lager, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Category 38: American-Style Dark Lager
Durango Dark, Durango Brewing Co., Durango, Colo.

Category 48: International-Style Pale Ale
Boulevard Pale Ale, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, Mo.

Category 49: American-Style Pale Ale
Pale 31, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif.

Category 51: American-Style India Pale Ale
Elevated IPA, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Albuquerque, N.M.

Category 56: Ordinary or Special Bitter
DBA, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif.

Category 65: South German-Style Hefeweizen
Hefeweizen, Dry Dock Brewing, Aurora, Colo.

Category 66: German-Style Wheat Ale
Boscos Hefeweizen, Boscos Brewing Co., Memphis, Tenn.

Category 68: French- and Belgian-Style Saison
Saison-Brett, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, Mo.

Category 71: Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
Brother David’s Double, Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Boonville, Calif.

Category 78: Sweet Stout
Steel Toe Stout, Ska Brewing Co., Durango, Colo.

Category 82: Old Ale or Strong Ale
Papier, The Bruery, Placentia, Calif.

Category 83: Barley Wine-Style Ale
Horn Dog Barleywine, Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, Md.

2011 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition
Before Capone, CB & Potts Restaurant & Brewery, Westminster, Colo.

In addition, Birko customer Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif., won Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year.

About Birko

Birko is a leading provider of food safety solutions to the protein processing, food and beverage industries, including craft breweries. Birko manufactures concentrated CIP, sanitation, antimicrobial intervention and process chemical formulations. Birko’s equipment division designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems, antimicrobial mixing and spraying conveyors and carcass washing and pasteurizing equipment. Birko’s information technology includes BirkoStats™, an online chemical usage tracking system, and VerifEYE™, a fecal identification imaging system. Founded in 1953, Birko is a WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association.