Wicked Weed, Pisgah, Fonta Flora win gold at Great American Beer Fest

Brewers Assn logo

This year’s Great American Beer Festival awarded gold medals to three WNC breweries: Black Mountain’s Pisgah Brewing in the chocolate beer category, Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewing Funkatorium in specialty honey beer, and Morganton’s Fonta Flora in the classic Irish-style dry stout category, according to the U.S. Brewers Association website.

Pisgah won with its Chocolatized; Wicked Weed won with its Mampara; and Fonta FLora won with its Irish Table.

Two other North Carolina brewers will take home medals: Mystery won a silver medal in the “other Belgian style ale” category and Duck Rabbit won a silver in German-style marzen and a bronze in German-style schwarzbier.

Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada — who have both made their second homes in WNC — also won medals: Colorado/WNC brewer Oskar Blues won a silver for Death by Coconut in the chocolate beer category (the same category Pisgah won gold in); and California/WNC brewer Sierra Nevada won a bronze for its Narwhal Imperial Stout in the imperial stout category.

According to the Brewers Association:

Boulder, CO • October 4, 2014—The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 28th year, the 2014 competition surpassed all previous participation records.”

Summary: 2014 Great American Beer Festival Statistics710 breweries in the festival hall

  • More than 3,500 beers served at the festival
  • 49,000 attendees
  • More than 3,200 volunteers
  • 1,309 breweries in the competition from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
  • 5,507 beers judged (not including 89 Pro-Am competition entries), a 16 percent increase over 2013
  • 90 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition
  • 222 judges from 10 countries
  • Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 61.2 (excludes Pro-Am beers)
  • Category with highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale: 279



Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.