A GABF medal is among the most coveted in the U.S. brewing world. 

The Pelican Pub & Brewery recently claimed a SILVER medal for their newly released beer, Silverspot IPA, and a BRONZE medal for MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival competition, the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition's 84 beer-style categories were announced October 13 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

"It was a real thrill for Silverspot IPA to win a silver medal in its very first competition, and equally satisfying for MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale's continued success. These are two hugely popular and very drinkable beers!" says Darron Welch, Brew Master at the Pelican Pub & Brewery. The Pelican Pub & Brewery was recognized in the English IPA beer-style category for its Silverspot IPA and in the Scottish-Style Ale category for MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale. Silverspot IPA is a beautiful beer with a brilliant gold color and assertively complex hop aroma. Brew Master Darron Welch selected the blend of Sterling, Fuggle and Meridian hops, focusing on herbal, floral, spicy and tangerine-like characters to create this highly drinkable 6% abv English-Style IPA. MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale has a warm coppery amber color and features a mild, malty aroma. The malty flavor is balanced with Willamette hops to add a little "snap" to the flavor and finish of this rich, smooth ale.

The 2012 Great American Beer Festival competition winners were selected by an international panel of 185 expert judges from a record number of 4,338 entries received from 666 U.S. breweries. "The Great American Beer Festival is the premier beer competition for the American beer industry," says Nancy Johnson, festival director. "Winning a medal, no matter if it's gold, silver or bronze, is truly an accomplishment."