286 medals were awarded to 254 brewers at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival and after bringing home five medals in 2015, it was surprising that with the wealth of outstanding breweries hailing from Nevada only one, Big Dog’s Brewing Company in Las Vegas, brought home a medal at this year’s competition.

What wasn’t surprising was the brewer who claimed it. It was none other than Dave Pascual, who is the Michael Phelps of Nevada brewers, having won more major competition medals than any other in the history of the Silver State. Last year Dave celebrated his 10th year at Chicago Brewing Company by earning a gold and bronze GABF and shortly after moved over to take the Head Brewer/Director of Brewing Operations position at Big Dog’s Brewing; at this year’s 2016 GABF in his first competition representing Big Dog’s he added one more to his collection, a bronze for his Tripel Dog Dare in the Belgian-Style Tripel category with 92 entries. Pascual is renowned for being masterful at brewing Belgian styles and his new bronze medallion brings his vast collection of major competition medals to 7 GABF plus 3 as assistant brewer and 2 WBC plus 1 as assistant brewer, making him the most medaled of any brewer in Nevada.

Pascual said, “It’s always nice to continue the tradition of winning medals at Big Dog’s and it just validates the brewery staff’s hard work and commitment to the craft, especially when we are being judged by fellow brewers nationally and from around the world. Every year it gets harder and harder and with so many fantastic breweries and hundreds opening every year, it definitely keeps us on our toes. Although we were the only brewery in the state to take a medal home this year, that shouldn’t take away from the many fantastic beers brewed throughout our state. For those in Nevada who competed, I’m sure many of us wanted to turn in more than just 5 beers to be judged at least I know we did.”

Kurt Wiesner, Owner of Big Dog’s Brewing Company added, “We are all very blessed to have such a wonderful team and are very excited about winning a medal at this year’s GABF. It’s a well-deserved tribute to the hard work and true passion for all of us here at Big Dog’s Brewing Company and our supporters.” Big Dog’s major medal tally now stands at 10 GABF and 4 WBC medals.