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BKS Artisan Ales from Kansas City earned a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for its Rockhill & Locust English Mild Ale. | Via BKS Artisan Ales/Facebook

Three Missouri breweries returned victorious from The Great American Beer Festival, an annual brewing industry event that concluded Saturday in Denver.

BKS Artisan Ales and City Barrel Brewing, both of Kansas City, and River Bluff Brewing, based in St. Joseph, each earned medals in one of the event's 98 competitive categories.

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the festival and saw 300 medals awarded to 268 breweries.

BKS Artisan Ales’ Rockhill & Locust English Mild Ale received a gold medal in the English Mild or Bitter category. The craft brewery, located in Kansas City's Brookside neighborhood, opened in 2017 and specializes in modern ales and lagers.

River Bluff Brewing received a silver medal for its Brother-Brother beer in the International Dark Lager category. The business renovated a pre-prohibition brewery in St. Joseph in 2018 and serves an assortment of craft beers. The brewery has a second location in Kansas City’s River Market.

City Barrel Brewing, based out of Kansas City's East Crossroads neighborhood, won a bronze medal for its RAD AF IPA in the Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale category. The company was founded in 2019 and markets its beers as hoppy, wild and sour.

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The three-day festival had 40,000 attendees, served upwards of 2,000 styles of beers and judged over 10,000 beers, according to organizers.

Camila Fowler is a reporter for Missouri Business Alert. She's a journalism major at the University of Missouri.

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