Our beer, Oktoberfest, was awarded a bronze medal at the 2023 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, hosted and presented by the Brewers Association®.
We were recognized in the Vienna-Style Lager category for Oktoberfest. For those of you who haven’t tried our Oktoberfest yet, our amber-style lager is smooth and clean due to a cool fifty-degree fermentation, mellowing as it lagers. Well-balanced with a hint of hops presence, Oktoberfest is focused on the grain bill of Vienna, Munich, Caramunich, Pilsen, and Melanoidin malts.
“This bronze award for our Oktoberfest beer is a great honor,” says our Co-Founder Bob Krill. “Considering the enormous amount of competition in the craft brewing industry, this is a huge win for CMBC and NJ craft beer.”
This is our second time receiving a GABF award for one of our seasonal beers. Honey Porter, was awarded the bronze medal for Brown Porter in the 2019 Great American Beer Festival Competition.
"Wow, how exciting for our production team here at Cape strive every single day to make world-class beer and it's so nice to receive recognition May Brewing Co.!” says Brandon Greenwood, our Chief Brewing Officer & Brewmaster. “We of this endeavor at such a prestigious event as the Great American Beer Festival.”
Medals presented during the Great American Beer Festival competition are globally acknowledged as emblems of brewing excellence and remain among the most sought-after accolades within the brewing community. In the 2023 competition, top-tier brews spanning 99 beer categories across 175 different beer styles (including all subcategories) received prestigious gold, silver, and bronze medals. These coveted awards were unveiled during an intimate ceremony held at the Bellco Theatre in Denver on Saturday, September 23, 2023, as part of the Great American Beer Festival. The ceremony was livestreamed via The Brewing Network, ensuring worldwide access to this celebration of brewing excellence.
The Great American Beer Festival is possible in part thanks to a Professional Judge Panel comprising of 250 judges from around the world, as well as more than 300 volunteers. Throughout three phases over nine days, 9,200+ entries were evaluated from 2,033 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
"The Great American Beer Festival competition serves as a platform for the finest brews from around the world to undergo rigorous scrutiny to earn the title of ‘the best of the best,’” remarked Chris Williams, competition director of the Great American Beer Festival. "The beer community's unwavering commitment to pushing the frontiers of innovation and quality is truly commendable. The Brewers Association takes great pride in recognizing the achievements of this year's victors."
You can find Oktoberfest at a retailer near you or in our Tasting Room on draft and to-go in our Brewtique!