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Gella's earns national honors


Special to the HDN

Special to the HDN

Every year since opening in 2005, Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. enters the prestigious Great American Beer Festival in Denver to compete with breweries from across the country. This year, Gella's and its brewmaster, Gerald Wyman, earned the title of Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year in addition to gold and silver medals for their American Hefeweizen and American Wheat.

An international panel of 201 expert judges spent three days evaluating 4,809 entries from 745 breweries in 84 beer categories covering 138 beer styles at the GABF competition. The winner of Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year is determined based on the results of the competitive beer judging held at GABF. All entries entered into the competition count toward Brewery of the Year points as breweries are awarded points based on medals won.

"Being named Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year is certainly a lifetime achievement," Wyman said. "GABF medals are the highest recognition of a brewer's talents and quality of their beers. It's such an intense competition, and it's difficult to win a medal for any brewery."

After the weekend of sampling by 49,000 attendees and a successful finish, Gella's will begin to see beer enthusiast from across the country at their downtown Hays microbrewery and diner.

"This win is great not only for the microbrewery and diner but for the community as well," Wyman said. "We regularly see travelers who've stopped in Hays just to eat here and take a growler of beer back to wherever they're from because they've sampled our brews at GABF."

Gella's, located at 117 E. 11th in Hays, will celebrate the win this Oct. 24 with the unveiling of the newest award banner at 8 p.m. and live music from Pete Stein beginning at 8:30 p.m.