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MillerCoors Collects 15 Medals at 2009 Great American Beer Festival, Takes Home Large Brewery of the Year Honor

2 October 2009

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Deron Nardo
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CHICAGO (September 28, 2009) - MillerCoors added 15 medals to its trophy case this weekend at the Brewers Association's annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF).  The brewer's 2009 total was three times more than fellow large brewers Anheuser-Busch, Pabst and Samuel Adams combined.  Coors Brewing Company, an operating division of MillerCoors, also was honored as Large Brewing Company of the Year, and the company's head brewmaster, Dr. David Ryder, was named Large Brewing Company Brewer of The Year.

Since 1996, including medals previously won as Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company, MillerCoors now has won 186 awards between both the Great American Beer Festival and the bi-annual World Beer Cup, far more than any other large brewer.

"Another stellar performance at the GABF is wonderful confirmation that the MillerCoors portfolio is the best in the U.S. beer industry," said Ryder.  "From specialty lagers to pilsners to German-style Oktoberfests, we continue to brew great, high-quality beers that separate us from other major U.S. brewers."

The Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver September 24-26, boasted more than 3,300 different beers from 495 U.S. breweries and was attended by almost 50,000 people.  The awards presented at GABF are among the most coveted in the industry and are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence.

Following is the complete list of medals won by MillerCoors at the 2009 GABF:

- Milwaukee's Best -- American-Style Cream Ale or Lager
- Move Back (The SandLot) -- Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
- Coors Banquet -- American-Style Lager or Premium Lager
- Keystone Ice -- American-Style Specialty Lager

- Hamm's -- American-Style Cream Ale or Lager
- Olde English 800 -- International-Style Pilsener
- Where the Helles Bill? (The SandLot) -- Munich-Style Helles
- Greenside Up (The SandLot) -- Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
- Keystone Light -- American-Style Light Lager
- Miller High Life -- American-Style Lager or Premium Lager
- Pre-Pro -- American-Style Specialty Lager
- Killian's Red -- American-Style Amber Lager

- Red Dog -- American-Style Cream Ale or Lager
- Steel Reserve -- American-Style Specialty Lager
- Dunkel (AC Golden) -European-Style Dunkel

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.  MGD 64 completes the company's premium light beer portfolio, offering consumers fresh, crisp taste at just 64 calories.  MillerCoors brews premium beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft; and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light.  The company also imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell, Grolsch and Molson Canadian and offers innovative products such as Miller Chill and Sparks.  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 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver.  MillerCoors vision is to create America's best beer company 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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