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Coors Brewing Company Beers Take Home Multiple Medals at the 24th Annual Great American Beer Festival(R)
Coors Light(R), Keystone Light(R) and the Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field Among Winners

GOLDEN, Colo., Oct 04, 2005 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Coors Brewing Company brands Coors Light and Keystone Light, and the Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field, were awarded medals at the 24th Annual Great American Beer Festival. In the 2005 American- Style Light Lager category, Coors Light received a silver medal and Keystone Light took home a bronze. The Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field was named the 2005 Small Brewing Company. Sandlot Brewery also took home two gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze medal at the festival for its brews, and Tom Hail of Sandlot Brewery was named the 2005 Small Brewing Company Brewer.

This year's Great American Beer Festival, held from September 29 through October 1 in Denver, featured a record-setting 2,335 beers from more than 460 breweries. Coors Light, Keystone Light and the Sandlot brews were evaluated against other beers in blind taste tests by more than 100 professional judges from around the world. Coors Brewing Company was an official sponsor of this year's festival and is the only major brewer to have been involved with the festival for all 24 years of its history.

"We're thrilled to win nine of the Great American Beer Festival's medals, and to also have Sandlot Brewery named as the 2005 Small Brewing Company. Each of these medals exemplifies Coors Brewing Company's commitment to refreshing, innovative and enjoyable beers," said Bob Merchant, vice president, manufacturing and planning for Coors Brewing Company. "The Great American Beer Festival awards only those beers that are recognized as symbols of brewing excellence, such as Coors Light, Keystone Light and our Sandlot brews."

Seven brews from Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field received medals at the festival. These included:

* Pinch Hit Pilsner -- 2005 German-Style Pilsener gold medal
* Barmen Pilsner -- 2005 American-Style Specialty Lager gold medal
* Melvis Easly's Special Lager -- 2005 American-Style Specialty Lager silver medal
* Second Hand Smoke -- 2005 Smoke-Flavored Beer silver medal
* Most Beer Judges Are Bone Heads - 2005 European-Style Pilsener silver medal
* Goat Rancher -- 2005 Bock silver medal
* Wild Pitch Hefeweizen -- 2005 South German-Style Hefeweizen / Hefeweissbier bronze medal

About the Great American Beer Festival

The Great American Beer Festival invites industry professionals from around the world to sit together in small groups and, without knowing the brand name, taste beers in each specified style category. The ultimate goal of the Greatest American Beer Festival Judge Panel is to identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the Great American Beer Festival.

About Coors Brewing Company

Coors Brewing Company is a subsidiary of Molson Coors Brewing Company, (NYSE: TAP). It is the third largest brewer in the U.S. The company's U.S. brands include Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Coors, Aspen Edge, Killian's Irish Red, Keystone, Blue Moon, Coors NA and Zima XXX. For more information on Molson Coors, visit the company's Web site, http://www.molsoncoors.com .

SOURCE Coors Brewing Company

Kabira Hatland of Coors Brewing Company,
1-303-277-5805, or Kabira.Hatland@Coors.com
; and Christine Danuser,
1-972-341-2577, or cdanuser@golinharris.com ,
for Coors Brewing Company

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