Waukesha-based Raised Grain Brewing Co.
took home a gold medal in the Imperial Red Ale category at the Great American Beer Festiva
l for its Paradocs Red Imperial IPA.
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Nick Reistad and Scott Kelley of Raised Grain Brewing Co. in Waukesha.[/caption]
Raised Grain opened its public tap room in September 2015. The brewery was founded by four partners including Dr. Scott Kelley, a dermatopathologist with Quest Diagnostics, and Dr. James Gosset, an internist with Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, Nick Reistad, a former professional cyclist and former entrepreneur Kevin Brandenburg.
According to the brewery’s website, the Paradocs beer was developed after Kelley, a Scot, and Gosset, a Belgian, were arguing over which country made the better beer. The two then homebrewers set out to create a beer that combined both countries’ strengths and Paradocs Red was the result.
A total of three Wisconsin breweries won awards at the event, held last week in Boulder, Colorado. Vintage Brewing Co.
won silver in American-style Amber/Red Ale for its Better off Red and Greenview Brewing’s
Copperhead won silver in gluten-free beer. Vintage and Greenview are both based in Madison.
The state’s three medals are a drop off from recent years. Wisconsin breweries have averaged more than seven medals a year since 2010, including 10 in 2012.
Several other medals did have ties to Wisconsin’s largest brewer, MillerCoors.
Coors Banquet won silver in American-style lager and Coors Light took home bronze in American-style light lager. Blue Moon Brewing Co.
won silver in the fruit wheat beer category for its mango wheat beer and Texas-based Revolver Brewing
won gold in the other strong beer category for its Anodyne Wheat Wine. Both Blue Moon and Revolver are part of Tenth and Blake Beer Co.
, the craft and important division of MillerCoors, which also owns Chippewa Falls-based Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.