Oakland United Beerworks won a silver medal at the 2022 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the nation’s largest commercial beer competition and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States.

Oakland United Beerworks was recognized in the German Black Lager beer-style category for its East Bay Nights Black Lager, a tribute to the classic German Schwarzbier. It is light on the palate and packed full of flavor. Notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate with just a touch of Noble hops round out the roasted malt flavor. Oakland United is a 30-barrel brewery located in Oakland, California that specializes in German- and English-style ales and lagers.

The top three winners in the competition’s 98 beer categories covering 177 different beer styles were announced October 8 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

The 2022 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 235 expert judges from 9,904 entries, plus 94 Collaboration and 35 Pro-Am entries, received from 2,154 U.S. breweries.

“Each year the Great American Beer Festival showcases the best that American brewers have to offer,” said Chris Williams, competition director, Great American Beer Festival. “With more than 9,900 entries, this year’s competition was the most competitive to date. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated why the U.S. is the best brewing nation in the world.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2022 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.