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US: Banner Day For MillerCoors At 2008 Great American Beer Festival

13 October 2008

Coors Light Takes Gold Award; Brewery Wins 14 Medals Total

DENVER (October 13, 2008) – MillerCoors added 14 medals to its trophy case this weekend at the Brewers Association’s annual Great American Beer Festival. The brewer’s 2008 total was more than fellow large brewers Anheuser-Busch, Pabst and Samuel Adams combined. Since 1996, including medals won as Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company, MillerCoors now has won 170 awards between both the Great American Beer Festival and the bi-annual World Beer Cup, three times more than any other large brewer.

“We knew when we brought together these two great breweries that we were creating the best portfolio in the U.S. beer industry,” said Dr. David Ryder, head brewmaster for MillerCoors. “Our performance at this weekend’s Great American Beer Festival reinforces that fact. With awards for brands ranging from craft to mainstream light to economy, our collection of beers has once again proven to be the finest in the business.”

The Great American Beer Festival was held in Denver October 9-11, boasting more than 1,900 different beers from 400 U.S. breweries. MillerCoors walked away with three gold medals, three silver medals and eight bronze medals in the 26th annual competition.

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  • Coors Light – American-Style Light Lager
  • Henry Weinhard’s Hefeweizen – American-Style Hefeweizen
  • Goat Rancher (The SandLot) – Bock


  • Hamm’s – American-Style Cream Ale or Lager
  • Yep. Still Boneheads. (The SandLot) – International-Style Pilsner
  • Leinenkugel’s Creamy Dark – American-Style Dark Lager


  • Henry Weinhard’s Blue Boar Pale Ale – American-Style Cream Ale or Lager
  • Honey Moon Summer Ale (Blue Moon Brewing Company) – Specialty Honey Beer
  • OE 800 – International-Style Pilsner
  • Second Hand Smoke (The SandLot) – Smoke-Flavored Beer
  • Keystone Light – American-Style Light Lager
  • Henry Weinhard”s Private Reserve – American-Style Lager or Premium Lager
  • Henry Weinhard’s Classic Dark – American-Style Dark Lager
  • BS Helles (The SandLot) – Munich-Style Helles

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About MillerCoors

Built on a foundation of great beer brands and more than 288 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary brands across every major industry segment. Miller Lite is the great tasting beer that established the American light beer category in 1975, and Coors Light is the brand that introduced consumers to refreshment as cold as the Rockies. MillerCoors brews full-calorie beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft; and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. The company also imports Peroni, Pilsner Urquell and Molson Canadian and offers innovative products such as Miller Chill and the Sparks line of caffeinated alcohol beverages. MillerCoors features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI and two microbreweries, the Leinenkugel’s 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. MillerCoors vision is to become the best beer company in America by driving profitable industry growth. MillerCoors insists on building its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.

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Deron Nardo
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