Big Sexy Brewing Wins Bronze Medal at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival

Big Sexy Brewing Company was awarded a bronze medal at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

Sacramento, CA, October 08, 2019 --( Big Sexy Brewing was recognized in the Imperial Red Ale beer-style category for its Gifted Gunslinger. Gifted Gunslinger has not only won a Bronze at the GABF this year in Denver, it's also won three Golds in 2019 at large competitions. Big Sexy Brewing is a 1200-barrel microbrewery located in Sacramento, CA that prides itself in producing high quality craft beer that anyone can enjoy.

“It was a surprise win for an underdog brewery, but everyone at Big Sexy is honored to be recognized for our diligence and hard work. It has renewed our perseverance and commitment to making the best quality beer possible. We look forward to getting back to work, continuing to grow and evolve in an increasingly competitive market,” said Dan Rafferty, Head Brewer at Big Sexy Brewing.

In the 33rd edition of the GABF competition, 9,497 entries were submitted to the general competition, along with 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaboration entries. The beer was made by 2,295 breweries from across the nation, with entries from all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Judging took place over the course of three days, with an international panel of 322 judges from 18 countries.

“This year’s GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The beers and talent were as impressive as ever, and I’m thrilled to congratulate this year’s winners for their achievements in brewing.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2019 winners list and photos, visit

In September 2018, Big Sexy Brewing hired Dan Rafferty, former Head Brewer from Regional Brewery Track 7 Sacramento, California. Dan made an immediate impact by implementing quality control programs and his inspired imagination to create world class craft beers. Since Dan’s hire Big Sexy Brewing has accumulated numerous international beer competition awards and has experienced explosive sales and volume growth.

“We had a choice to make, either invest resources into additional equipment or hire a talented brewing team. We chose the latter and haven’t looked back since,” said James Thompson, Co-Founder at Big Sexy Brewing.
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GABF Award Ceremony

GABF Award Ceremony

Dan Rafferty, Head Brewer and Frank Puchalski, Assistant Brewer Accept the Bronze Medal for Big Sexy Brewing.