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September 27, 2011 09:05 ET

Black Star Beer Awards Ultimate Beer Fan Trophy at Great American Beer Festival 2011

Featured Brewery Celebrates Beer Lovers in Denver, CO

WHITEFISH, MT--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2011) - The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) ( is undoubtedly the largest beer competition and festival in the United States, and perhaps the world. Breweries from all over the country travel to Denver, Colorado each year, competing head to head for the ultimate prize: a beloved GABF gold medal.

This year, Black Star Beer ( and the Great Northern Brewery ( of Whitefish, Montana are headed to the 2011 Great American Beer Festival for a whole new reason. In addition to participating in GABF to win an award, they're also going to give the biggest beer buff the ultimate beer fan trophy!

"Beer is all about those who drink it," said Minott Wessinger, founder of Black Star Beer. "Without devout beer drinkers and lovers all over the country, none of us would be here at this festival. It is not only for you that we brew beer, it is because of you that we try and brew the finest beer we can." Minott adds, "We are here to celebrate beer fans in a fun and exciting way that they will forever remember."

Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager is a traditional American-style pilsner beer from The Great Northern Brewery in Whitefish, Montana. Minott Wessinger, the great-great grandson of Pacific Northwest brewing pioneer Henry Weinhard, founded Black Star and the brewery in 1995 to brew fine lagers. The Great Northern Brewery has since expanded to brew additional quality beers available throughout Montana. Also being poured at the Great American Beer Festival will be the Great Northern Brewery's Wild Huckleberry Wheat and Wheatfish lagers.

"What better place to find and award the biggest beer fan, than at the most epic beer festival in the country," said Marcus Duffey, General Manager of the Great Northern Brewery. "We are so excited to be a featured brewery at this year's Great American Beer Festival and can't wait to have a blast at our booth and celebrate our fans with the ultimate trophy."

This Black Star trophy isn't any ordinary award. Taller than your average beer fan, the trophy is outfitted with a working bronco tap handle, Black Star beer cans, branded steins, and a fully functioning iPod dock with speakers. To enter to win, festival goers must check-in on Facebook ( via a mobile device or at Black Star and the Great Northern Brewery's booth -- Section E -- booth #18-20.

Black Star Beer's contest will close at 9pm on Friday, September 30th, saving Saturday to celebrate all of the brewers, breweries, and beers that have won competition medals. The biggest beer fan will be chosen at random. Black Star will contact the winner and award the ultimate beer fan trophy at their booth at approximately 9:30pm Friday evening. The winner must be present to receive this great honor. Due to its size and weight, the original trophy will reside in its original home The Great Northern Brewery in Whitefish, Montana, with the engraved name and picture of the winner prominently displayed on top. The winner will be given a replica of the trophy to take home.

To sweeten the deal for festival-goers, Black Star and the Great Northern Brewery are parking their vintage 1965 Airstream inside the convention center at their booth. Equipped with a digital photo booth, beer fans can take free pictures automatically emailed to them via WiFi and easily shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit Black Star and the Great Northern Brewery's booth to enter to win the ultimate beer fan trophy!

Great American Beer Festival
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Section E, Booth 18-20

About Black Star Beer
Black Star is a Double Hopped Golden Lager first brewed at the Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitefish, Montana in 1995. Black Star was created by Minott Wessinger, a fifth generation brewer and great-great grandson of West Coast brewing pioneer Henry Weinhard. Hopped first in the kettle and then again before finishing, Black Star is a refreshing beer with lots of taste. For more information, please visit

About the Great Northern Brewing Company
The Great Northern Brewery (, located in Whitefish, Montana, was designed by world-renowned architect Joe Escherick in 1994. The brewery offers the finest quality ales and lagers in a variety of year-round and seasonal styles. Through the use of a traditional "Gravity Flow" arrangement, the beers are made in the tradition of artisan brewing with one of the most sophisticated brew houses for its size in the entire country.
Learn more about other beers from Great Northern Brewing Company


Interview opportunities available with Marcus Duffey, general manager of Great Northern Brewery, Joe Barberis, brew master, Nick Viskovich, Black Star on-premise sales manager and Airstream genius, and Ashley Garver, marketing and communications manager.