These 2 Mass. breweries won awards at the Great American Beer Festival

Night Shift Brewing's Matisse.
Night Shift Brewing's Matisse. –Night Shift Brewing

A pair of Massachusetts breweries took home hardware from the Great American Beer Festival this weekend, winning medals in a competition against 800 breweries and more than 3,800 beers.

Founded in 1982, the GABF awards gold, silver, and bronze medals to U.S. breweries in 98 different categories, ranging from traditional beer styles like American-Style Wheat Beer and Coffee Stout or Porter to more unusual categories like Smoke Beer and Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager.

Locally, Everett-based Night Shift Brewing won the silver medal in the Classic Saison category for Matisse, while Cambridge Brewing Co. took home the bronze in the Mixed Culture Brett Beer category for Cor Cordium, a beer brewed in collaboration with the Texas-based Jester King Brewery.

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Both breweries took to social media to celebrate their wins.

“Silver for Matisse!,” Night Shift wrote on Instagram. “We took 2nd place at Great American Beer Festival in the classic saison category. Lots of pride for the hard work our whole crew put in!”

Elsewhere in New England, Connecticut breweries earned four medals: Branford’s Stony Creek Brewery won bronzes in the Coffee Beer and Vienna-Style Lager categories for Stony Joe and Dock Time, respectively, while Stamford’s Half Full Brewery won the bronze in the English-Style Summer Ale category for Bright Ale, and Bloomfield’s Back East Brewery won the gold in the Brown Porter category for its Porter.

Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Co., a brewery in West Ossipee, New Hampshire, medaled as well, finishing just behind Night Shift in the Classic Saison category, winning bronze for its One Arm Farmhouse Ale.

Surprisingly, Maine and Vermont yielded no winners, despite being the home of well-known breweries like The Alchemist, Maine Beer Company, and Lawson’s Finest Liquids, whose beers rank near the top of Beer Advocate’s list of best beers in the world.

You can find the full list of winners by category at the Great American Beer Fest’s website.

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Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly named Appalachian Mountain Brewery as a New Hampshire brewery using information from the festival’s website.

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