Smashing Honey Blonde Wins Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery Brings Home a Gold Medal at the 2023 Great American
Beer Festival® Competition
World’s largest professional beer competition recognizes the brewery’s Smashing
Honey Blonde in the Honey Beer category
Akron, Ohio • Monday, September 25, 2023 — Hoppin’ Frog Brewery was awarded a Gold
Medal for its Smashing Honey Blonde in the Honey Beer category at the 2023 Great American
Beer Festival (GABF) competition, hosted and presented by the Brewers Association®.
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.
“I am so excited we won the Gold Medal on Saturday at the GABF for our Smashing Honey
Blonde!” said Fred Karm, founder and brewmaster at Hoppin’ Frog Brewery. “Medals like this
are exciting because they help to highlight our brand, and can greatly help our distribution
efforts throughout the world. I was really hoping this beer would bring home a medal for us
again because we won a Silver Medal with the same beer four months ago at the World Beer
Cup. Now, to be awarded the highest honor in its category at the Great American Beer Festival,
that shows just how darn good Smashing Honey Blonde really is!”
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.”
For more information on the Great American Beer Festival competition, including a complete
2023 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.
Hoppin’ Frog is an artisanal brewery in Akron, Ohio making very flavorful beers in the most
flavorful styles. Established in 2006 and brewing with an uncompromising and relentless focus
on detail from the ingredient selection to the brewing process, the brewery has become known
for quality around the world, and now distributes in 22 states and 40 foreign countries. Hoppin’
Frog is the concept of owner and established brewmaster Fred Karm, a brewer since 1994 who
has designed and produced 28 award winning beers at the Great American Beer Festival and
World Beer Cup – the two most prestigious contests in the world.
Treat yourself to the good stuff! www.hoppinfrog.com 1680 E. Waterloo Rd, Akron, OH 44306
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