Forget the election, the real votes have been tallied and Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery was the clear winner at The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), held from October 5 - October 8 in Denver, CO. GABF judges awarded Rock Bottom Brewers with three medals including a Gold Medal in the "Specialty Honey Lagers or Ales" category, for "Bumble Beer" brewed by Brewmaster, Marty Mendiola at the Rock Bottom-La Jolla location. In addition, Mendiola took home a Bronze Medal for "Ragtop Red" in the "American-Style Amber/Red Ale" category. Rock Bottom was also honored with a Silver Medal in the "Irish-Style Red Ale" category for its "Raptor Red," brewed by Brewmaster, Scott O'Hearn at the Phoenix, AZ location.

"We are very pleased and proud of the Brewing teams at each of our locations. They are dedicated to creating a quality product -- these medals prove that we know how to brew exceptional beer at Rock Bottom," said Kevin Reed, Director of Brewing Operations.

"Bumble Beer," a refreshing golden ale brewed with unfiltered natural wildflower honey and flowery hops to add a hint of bitterness, is one of many specialty beers brewed throughout the year by Mendiola in La Jolla. Ruby red best describes "Ragtop Red," an ale brewed with malts that impart a toasted almond flavor and spicy floral finish. "Raptor Red," a full-bodied amber ale is brewed solely with English pale and crystal malts for a mild toffee flavor. Both "Ragtop Red" and "Raptor Red" are permanent fixtures at Rock Bottom La Jolla and Rock Bottom Phoenix respectively.

The Great American Beer Festival is an annual event drawing beer enthusiasts from all over the world. This year medals were awarded in 55 categories ranging from "Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverages" to "Smoke-Flavored Beers."

Based in Louisville, Colorado, parent company Rock Bottom Restaurants, Inc. owns and operates 70 restaurants -- 44 "Old Chicago" restaurants and 26 brewery restaurants operating under the names "Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery," "ChopHouse & Brewery" and "Walnut Brewery." All of Rock Bottom's restaurants are casual dining establishments featuring attentive customer service, high-quality, moderately priced food and a distinctive selection of handcrafted brews and specialty beers served in a comfortable and entertaining atmosphere.