2020 Great American Beer Festival silver medal winner

Boulder, CO • October 16, 2020 — Silver Harbor Brewing Co. received a Silver medal at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival ® in the Fruit Wheat Beer category with Grandma’s Favorite Recipe.


Christian Cook, Silver Harbor Brewing Company Head Brew Master and Owner brings home a Silver medal from the Great American Beer Festival.


Judges for the 34th edition of the prestigious competition evaluated 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries in all 50 state plus Washington DC. The judging took place in 35 sessions over 18 days with strict safety measures in place. The awards ceremony was held virtually on Friday evening, kicking off the two-day event.


“This year’s GFAB competition may have looked a little different, but the beers entered into the competition were as impressive and innovative as ever.”

“This has arguably been one of the most challenging years breweries have ever faced, so we hope these awards serve as a symbol not only of brewing excellence but also the resiliency of the craft brewing community as a whole.” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Festival.


Silver Harbor Featured at 19:53

Winning at the Great American Beer Festival isn’t new to Christian, a few years ago he took Gold for Shipfaced, an English Barleywine (beer) but after a year like 2020 it might be the most celebrated.

From home brewer 4 years ago to a multiple beer and medal winner at one of the World’s largest beer competitions it continues to shock, Christian Cook, Head Brewmaster at Silver Harbor Brewing Company that he’s competing at this level with so many talented brewers and able to represent the Silver Harbor team and the Southwest Michigan community is a dream come true. 

“Every day I get the opportunity to do what I love and I’m beyond honored to win Silver this year with Grandma’s Favorite Recipe.” said Christian Cook, Brewer at Silver Harbor Brewing Co.


“Grandma’s Favorite Recipe was actually inspired by my Grandma’s pie and I brewed it to create a beer she’d love but she’s not a fan. At least I have a medal to showcase to her that someone loves it.” laughed Christian Cook, Brewer / Owner at Silver Harbor Brewing Co.


"This is such a great beer, so drinkable with fresh local fruits so its not only great to showcase the beer but the farms from the great Southwest Michigan" said Michael Gross, Owner at Silver Harbor Brewing Co.  


Silver Harbor Brewing Co. is a microbrewery, located in St. Joseph, MI that specializes in house ales featuring local Michigan ingredients. Silver Harbor Brewing Co. prides itself on always pushing the limits in flavor profile and experimenting with small batch beers. With 15 beers on tap Silver Harbor Brewing Co. has a breath of offering for everyone.


Grandma’s Favorite Recipe, a 5%, lactose kettle sour. Inspired by my Grandma's favorite strawberry rhubarb pie, this beer is sure to be a favorite. A kettle sour with a generous grain bill of oats, what and lactose, with the addition of over 400lbs of Michigan strawberries, and 80lbs of Michigan rhubarb. Seriously...liquid strawberry rhubarb pie! 

Grandma’s Favorite Recipe is available at Silver Harbor Brewing Company by the pint, to go crowlers, growlers or 4-Pack cans can be found at most specialty liquor stores.


For more information about the Great American Beer Festival, including the 2020 winners list and photos, visit Winners List and Fact Sheet.