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Big Bear Brewing Co. Wins Medals in U.S. Open Beer Championship

After judging more than 1,650 beers in over 65 categories -- well, after that, the judges probably needed a day or two to sleep it off. But instead, the judges of the United States Open Beer Championship rallied and announced the winners.

Local brewery and beer institution Big Bear Brewing Co. in Coral Springs brought home three medals in three categories.


  • Gold - Polar Light (German Kolsch)

  • Silver - Grizzly Red (Irish Red Ale)

  • Bronze - Smokey the Bear (Smoked/Rauch Beer)


Head over there this weekend and try one or all three. And don't forget to order the Beer Cheese Muenster Soup -- it's made with the Grizzly Red.


Congratulations, Big Bear!



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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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