Big Dog’s Red Hydrant Ale Wins Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival®


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Las Vegas’ Big Dog’s Brewing Company Wins Medal at Great American Beer Festival®
Red Hydrant Wins GABF Gold Medal, among the most coveted in the brewing world

Las Vegas Nevada, September 28, 2015 : Big Dog’s Brewing Company claimed a gold medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 92 beer categories were announced September 26 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. 

Big Dog’s Red Hydrant Ale was awarded the Gold Medal in the English-style brown category.  This year’s Gold medal marks the third GABF medal for Red Hydrant alone, having claimed the Bronze Medal in 1994 and the Silver Medal in 2012.  In addition, Red Hydrant has also been awarded the Gold Award at the prestigious World Beer Cup competition in 2006 and 2010.  Throughout the years, Big Dog’s has been awarded with nine GABF medals and four World Beer Cup Awards.

“We are extremely excited to receive this award,” said Kurt Wiesner, Owner of Big Dog’s Brewing Company. “This award shines a bright spotlight on the great beers that are being made by Dave Otto, our Head Brewer, and his team.  Dave has been making great world-class beers here in Las Vegas for the better part of 20 years.  We are extremely proud of his dedication to producing excellent craft beers and are thrilled that the GABF has honored him and Big Dog’s with this award.”

About Big Dogs Brewing Company:  In June 1988, Tom Wiesner and his family made their start in the restaurant business when they opened the Draft House; a place famous for its genuine warm Wisconsin hospitality, excellent food, and love of beer.   Over the years, the Wiesner hospitality business has grown to include Top Dog Catering and Big Dog’s Brewing Company, Las Vegas’ original brewing Company that opened in its original Holy Cow! location in 1993.  Today, Big Dog’s Brews are handcrafted at the company’s 15‐barrel microbrewery system located at Big Dog’s Draft House (4543 N. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130). Long-time award-winning Brewmaster Dave Otto brews a wide range of beers to suit everyone's taste including light beers, ales, porters, and stouts with an extra emphasis on India Pale Ale and Imperial IPA.  Big Dog’s Brews are available at the brewpub and at fine retailers, restaurants and taverns throughout Southern Nevada.

About the Great American Beer Festival: The 2015 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 242 expert judges from the record number of 6,647 entries, plus 91 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,552 U.S. breweries.  “American brewers continue to create innovative, flavorful high quality beers. That was on full display at this year’s Great American Beer Festival,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The Great American Beer Festival continues to showcase the best this country’s brewers have to offer, with the competition growing and becoming ever more competitive. Congratulations to all participants and especially this year’s winners.”  For more GABF competition information, including the 2015 winners list and photos, visit

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