Pro-Am Competition

GABF ProAm The Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am (GABF Pro-Am) competition is an opportunity for commercial breweries to team up with homebrewers to vie for top honors. The GABF Pro-Am entries are served during the Great American Beer Festival at the Pro-Am booth. In 2016, competition judges evaluated 88 entries.

Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group, Yakima Chief-Hopunion and White Labs

How It Works

Brewers Association member breweries are eligible to submit one entry into the GABF Pro-Am competition. Entries must be based on a homebrew recipe from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members that have won an award in an AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition*. Pro-Am competition judges come from the same professional panel of world-class judges that evaluate all the beers at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. However, the Pro-Am competition is separate from the GABF competition, and therefore the Pro-Am medals do not count towards GABF Brewery and Brewer of the Year awards. Review the Pro-Am Competition Rules for more information.

2016 Pro-Am Competition

Eighty-eight entries were judged in the 2016 Pro-Am competition and served at the Pro-Am booth during the Great American Beer Festival. A big thank you to the 2016 GABF Pro-Am sponsors: Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group, Yakima Chief-Hopunion and White Labs.

2016 Pro-Am Competition Winners

Pro-Am Awards Beer Brewing Company Professional Brewer AHA Member Brewer
Gold Just Rye’te Panther Island Brewing Co. Panther Island Brewing Team Clifton Ellis
Silver Vernal Equinox Starr Hill Brewery Starr Hill Brewing Team Gary Layton
Bronze The Kolsch Experiment Altitude Chophouse and Brewery Jesse Brown Shawn Miller


Contact AHA Project Coordinator John Moorhead.

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