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Craft Brew Alliance Takes Home Five Medals from 2017 North American Beer Awards

Kona Brewing Co., Omission Beer, and Widmer Brothers Brewing Celebrate Victories in Top National Blind-Taste Competition

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 9, 2017-- Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (“CBA”) (Nasdaq: BREW), a leading craft brewing company, announced today that Kona Brewing Co., Omission Beer, and Widmer Brothers Brewing earned five awards, including two gold medals, at the North American Beer Awards (“NABA”) held in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on June 2, 2017.

“With the number of U.S. breweries now well over 5,000, the competition at events like the North American Beer Awards continues to increase,” says Scott Mennen, Chief Operating Officer, CBA. “It’s a testament to our incredible brewing talent here at CBA that our beers continue to stand apart in such a vibrant and fast-growing space. Notably, Widmer Brothers’ flagship Hefe brought home yet another gold medal, making it one of the most award-winning craft beers since its debut in 1986. Two of our brands, Kona Longboard Lager and Omission Lager, both medaled in the Dortmunder Export category, with Omission, which is brewed to remove gluten, earning the gold despite competing with traditional, non-gluten-removed beers.”

2017 North American Beer Awards for Craft Brew Alliance:

Widmer Brothers Brewing

GOLD – Widmer Brothers Hefe – American-Style Hefeweizen
SILVER – Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale – Best Ordinary Bitter
BRONZE – Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale – English-Style Pale Ale

Omission Beer

GOLD – Omission Lager – Dortmunder Export

Kona Brewing Co.

SILVER – Longboard Lager – Dortmunder Export

Sanctioned by the North American Brewers Association and held in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest, NABA is an annual blind tasting and one of the most respected beer events in the country. This year, the panel of judges blind tasted, judged, and ranked over 1,700 entries in 96 style categories. A full list of 2017 NABA winners can be found here.

About Craft Brew Alliance

Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) is an independent craft brewing company that brews, brands, and brings to market world-class American craft beers.

Our distinctive portfolio combines the power of Kona Brewing Company, a dynamic, fast-growing national craft beer brand, with an expanding stable of strong regional breweries and innovative lifestyle brands, including Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Cisco Brewers, Omission Brewing Co., Redhook Brewery, Square Mile Cider Co. and Widmer Brothers Brewing. CBA nurtures the growth and development of its brands in today’s increasingly competitive beer market through our state-of-the-art brewing and distribution capability, integrated sales and marketing infrastructure, and strong focus on partnerships, local community and sustainability.

Formed in 2008, CBA is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and operates breweries and brewpubs across the U.S. CBA beers are available in all 50 U.S. states and 30 different countries around the world. For more information about CBA and our brands, please visit www.craftbrew.com.

Source: Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.

Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.
Jenny McLean, 503-331-7248
jenny.mclean@craftbrew.com













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