BJ's Restaurants, Inc. received gold medals for two of the company's proprietary craft beers at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
The winning beers are: BJ's Magnolia's Peach, which won in the Fruit Wheat Beer category, and BJ's LightSwitch Lager, which won in the Session Beer category
This year's competition was the largest to date, with 6,647 beer entries judged in 92 categories. Only 91 gold medals were awarded. These two awards bring BJ's gold medal count at the GABF to 16 and total GABF medals to 32 since first participating in 1996. To date, BJ's has won over 150 medals at various festivals and competitions since it opened its first brewery location back in 1996 in Brea, California.
"The medal-winning BJ's LightSwitch Lager was brewed in our new Temple, Texas, brewery," says Alex Puchner, BJ's senior vice president of brewery operations. "We couldn't be more proud of our Temple brewing team for earning gold at their first Great American Beer Festival. Our second gold medal was for BJ's Magnolia's Peach, which was brewed at our Chandler, Arizona, brewery, where we have quite a track record of brewing award-winning beers. With the addition of our two newest GABF gold medals, I am more confident than ever in our ability to create unique, handcrafted beers for guests to enjoy in our restaurants. We appreciate the opportunity to participate at the GABF each year and look forward to delighting our guests with award-winning beers like BJ's Magnolia's Peach and BJ's LightSwitch Lager."
BJ's Magnolia's Peach is a seasonal beer that will be back on tap in spring. BJ's LightSwitch Lager is part of BJ’s signature lineup and is on tap year-round.