Little more than a year ago, Dodge City Brewing opened its doors in Dodge City and is already piling on the accomplishments.

The brewery recently took part in the Craft Beer Competition at the Colorado State Fair where it was awarded the gold medal for its  Coronado Lager, a Vienna Lager and a bronze medal for its Fuggley Brown Otter, a Brown (English) Porter.

"The medals really mean a couple of things," Dodge City Brewing co-owner Larry Cook said. "First, it feels good to receive an award for one's creation, especially from a contest like the Colorado State Fair that is judged by BJCP beer judges.

"BJCP is the Beer Judge Certification Program and judges that receive a BJCP designation have studied for and passed a rigorous examination process. BJCP judges know beer and they aren't going to award a medal to a beer unless it meets the criteria.

"Secondly, we strive to make the best beer possible, but sometimes it is hard to assess your own beer without being biased.

"Having such positive feedback from qualified judges helps us feel confident about our own quality control efforts.

"And finally, it is good publicity. It helps our customers feel confident they are being served a quality product."

Cook added that the brewery has four beers entered in the Great American Beer Festival.

The festival is sponsored by Brewers Association with 8,000 beers entered into the contest from about 2,000 breweries.

The results from the GABF will be made public on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Located near Third Avenue and Spruce Street, Dodge City Brewing is one the first micro-breweries in southwest Kansas that opened in July 2017. Dodge City Brewing hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

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