Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. Earns Gold Medal at the
2020 Great American Beer Festival®
Back Country Scottish Ale recognized at world’s largest professional beer competition
Helena, MT (October 20, 2020) — Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. was awarded a gold medal at the
2020 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, presented by the Brewers Association.
The best beers in 91 beer categories covering 170 different beer styles (including all
subcategories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals during a virtual ceremony Friday,
October 16, hosted on The Brewing Network.
Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. was recognized in the Scottish Ale beer-style category for its Back
Country Scottish Ale. Back Country Scottish Ale is crafted with Montana-grown and malted pale
barley, along with roasted black barley which yields a dark rich color and a subtle roasted
flavor. It has a malty character while being balance and drinkable. Back Country had previously
earned a Silver Medal at the GABF in 2014.
"We are honored to be recognized with a Gold Medal for our Back Country Scottish Ale and it is a testament to the passion, pride and attention to detail that our brewing and packaging team take each and every day to produce consistently high quality beers. I am so proud of our team. Our competition beers are taken right off the shelf; we send in the same 6- packs you see on the store shelf. Montana loves its Scottish Ales, and we are extremely honored to bring home the first GABF Gold Medal in this category to our home state,” said Max Pigman, Owner at Lewis & Clark Brewing Company.
Judges for the 34th edition of the celebrated competition evaluated 8,806 entries from 1,720
breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Socially distanced judging took place in 35
sessions over 18 days with strict safety measures.
“This year’s GABF competition may have looked a little different, but the beers entered into the
competition were as impressive and innovative as ever,” said Chris Swersey, competition
manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This has arguably been one of the most challenging
years breweries have ever faced, so we hope these awards serve as a symbol not only of
brewing excellence but also the resiliency of the craft brewing community as a whole.”
For more information on the GABF competition, including a complete 2020 winners list and
photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.
About Lewis & Clark Brewing Co.
The Lewis & Clark Brewery is a state of the art brewing facility located in the heart of America’s
last great place – Montana. The great explorers are the inspiration for our brewery’s name and
in many ways our brewing style. It is also where we live as we are located in the heart of the
only Lewis & Clark County in the US. Our secret ingredient is the pride and craftsmanship added
by dedicated people lucky enough to be called Montanans. Since our beginning, we have gone
to the greatest of lengths to build one of the most efficient, sophisticated breweries around
with one goal in mind: to produce the finest ales & lagers possible and serve them at their
peak of freshness.
Our beers are hand crafted and un-pasteurized and are brewed to levels of quality, which can
only be achieved in the finest of breweries. We are proud of what we do and we are confident
that everyone who drinks our beers will appreciate the care and craftsmanship served in every