Mesa-based Oro Brewing shines at prestigious beer festival
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press
Oro Brewing Company won a gold medal at the 2022 Great American Beer Festival competition.
Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the nation’s largest commercial beer competition and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States, according to a press release.
Oro Brewing Company was recognized in the “Coffee Beer” beer-style category for its Café Oro, a blonde ale infused with cold-press coffee from local Village Coffee Roastery.
Oro Brewing Company is a 7-barrel microbrewery located at 210 W. Main St. in Mesa that specializes in small batch craft beers, the release states.
“We are completely over the moon about receiving this award! Recognition from a prestigious competition like GABF is a humbling and thrilling experience. Although this is the first GABF medal for myself and Oro Brewing Company, hopefully it won’t be our last!” said Jesse Kortepeter, head brewer at Oro Brewing Company.
The top three winners in the competition’s 98 beer categories covering 177 different beer styles were announced Oct. 8 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, the release states.
The 2022 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 235 expert judges from 9,904 entries, plus 94 Collaboration and 35 Pro-Am entries, received from 2,154 U.S. breweries.
“Each year the Great American Beer Festival showcases the best that American brewers have to offer,” said Chris Williams, competition director at the Great American Beer Festival. “With more than 9,900 entries, this year’s competition was the most competitive to date. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated why the U.S. is the best brewing nation in the world.”