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Uberbrew in Billings snags top awards in national competition

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Mark Hastings, co-owner of Uberbrew (MTN News Photo) Mark Hastings, co-owner of Uberbrew (MTN News Photo)
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A Billings brewery is basking in a successful trip to the Great American Beer Festival this past week.

With more than 1,700 breweries attending, four medals went to Uberbrew.

Judges awarded the brewery four medals out of five entries including two golds, a silver and a bronze.

Uberbrew's staple "White Noise" won gold as well as its Double IPA "Humulus Insani." Silver was awarded for "Average at Best" and Bronze for "Alpha Force Double Tap."

"That's a pretty big haul as far as how competitive it is this year," said Mark Hastings, co-owner of Uberbrew. "There were over 7,000 beers in the competition. As it gets more competitive, to bring home that many medals home for one town, let alone one brewery, it's a pretty big honor. We were excited about it."

The medal count also lead to Uberbrew also earning the Small Brewing Company of the Year and Small Brewer of the Year awards.

Hastings said the recognition adds to the point that Billings is a beacon for delicious craft beer.

"We all know Billings makes world class beer with eight wonderful breweries in Billings. These accolades highlight what we all know here in Billings, what we all get to experience everyday and it gets the word out. So hopefully we see some tourism here as Billings is the trailhead of Montana. Hopefully this gives people another reason to use Billings as a launching point to see the wonderful things you can do in Montana."

Uberbrew also passed the crown and paddle to Tamarack Brewing Company for the Alpha King challenge -- a search for the hoppiest, yet most drinkable beer in the country.

Brewers sent two entries and out of 152, Tamarack and Uberbrew went one-two in the contest with a total of four beers in the top ten.

"Superlative beer is in our name, Uberbrew means to us a superlative example of its class or kind so we're constantly on that quest for the superlative pint," Hastings said.

He thanked the staff, customers, and judges for the recognition.

Wyoming also had the top ratio of medals to entries by state.

Five medals went to breweries in the Cowboy State.

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