Two New England breweries won gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival over the weekend. Chelsea's Mystic Brewery took home the gold medal in the Indigenous Beer category for "Vinland Two", a beer brewed with a native New England saccharomyces yeast strain cultured from Norridgewock, Maine blueberries.
"The Vinland microbe hunting project has taken years of patience and vision for all of us," said Mystic founder Bryan Greenhagen. "To see it earn a gold in it’s first year as a submission to the GABF contest is a great honor to receive from the brewing community."
Framingham's Jack's Abby took home the gold in the Other Strong Beer category for its "Mass Rising". Some 5,000 beers were entered for judging. Samuel Adams took home a gold for "Double Bock" in the German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock category, though the Cincinnati-brewed beer is technically entered into the contest as being from Ohio.
You can see a complete list of the winners here.