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Black Star Beer Will Award Ultimate Beer Fan Trophy at GABF

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Anyone heading to the Great American Beer Festival this weekend will be tasting some great beer, meeting old friends and making new ones, and just taking in the scene in one of the nation’s best beer cities.

Thanks to Black Star Beer, one lucky festival-goer will be awarded a super-size trophy and be named the nation’s Ultimate Beer Fan.

Here’s what they have to say about it.

The Great American Beer Festival is undoubtedly the largest beer competition and festival in the United States, and perhaps the world. Breweries from all over the country travel to Denver, Colorado, each year, competing head to head for the ultimate prize: a beloved GABF gold medal.

This year, Black Star Beer and the Great Northern Brewery of Whitefish, Montana are headed to the 2011 Great American Beer Festival for a whole new reason. In addition to participating in GABF to win an award, they’re also going to give the biggest beer buff the ultimate beer fan trophy!

“Beer is all about those who drink it,” said Minott Wessinger, founder of Black Star Beer. “Without devout beer drinkers and lovers all over the country, none of us would be here at this festival. It is not only for you that we brew beer, it is because of you that we try and brew the finest beer we can.

“We are here to celebrate beer fans in a fun and exciting way that they will forever remember.”

Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager is a traditional American-style pilsner beer from The Great Northern Brewery in Whitefish. Minott Wessinger, the great-great grandson of Pacific Northwest brewing pioneer Henry Weinhard, founded Black Star and the brewery in 1995 to brew fine lagers. The Great Northern Brewery has since expanded to brew additional quality beers available throughout Montana. Also being poured at the Great American Beer Festival will be the Great Northern Brewery’s Wild Huckleberry Wheat and Wheatfish lagers.

“What better place to find and award the biggest beer fan, than at the most epic beer festival in the country,” said Marcus Duffey, general manager of the Great Northern Brewery. “We are so excited to be a featured brewery at this year’s Great American Beer Festival and can’t wait to have a blast at our booth and celebrate our fans with the ultimate trophy.”

This Black Star trophy isn’t any ordinary award. Taller than your average beer fan, the trophy is outfitted with a working bronco tap handle, Black Star beer cans, branded steins, and a fully functioning iPod dock with speakers. To enter to win, festival goers must check-in on Facebook via a mobile device or at Black Star and the Great Northern Brewery’s booth – Section E – booth #18-20.

Black Star Beer’s contest will close at 9pm on Friday, September 30, saving Saturday to celebrate all of the brewers, breweries, and beers that have won competition medals. The biggest beer fan will be chosen at random. Black Star will contact the winner and award the ultimate beer fan trophy at their booth at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday. The winner must be present to receive this great honor. Due to its size and weight, the original trophy will reside in its original home at The Great Northern Brewery, with the engraved name and picture of the winner prominently displayed on top. The winner will be given a replica of the trophy to take home.

To sweeten the deal for festival-goers, Black Star and the Great Northern Brewery are parking their vintage 1965 Airstream inside the convention center at their booth. Equipped with a digital photo booth, beer fans can take free pictures automatically emailed to them via WiFi and easily shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit Black Star and the Great Northern Brewery’s booth to enter to win the ultimate beer fan trophy.

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