The Steel Keg Association announced winners of their first annual Keg Champion Awards. Awards were presented in 7 categories and over 2,000 Breweries, Bars and Restaurants were nominated.  The Basis for the awards were, as described by the Association’s Executive Director. “They were distinguished by their commitment to sustainability and to delivering differentiated consumer experiences. Importantly, we also have a shared belief that this is not the culmination of an awards program, but just the beginning. Cheers to these winners and all of the keg champions out there.”

In addition to winning a coveted, iconic green Keg Champion Award (physically, the biggest award in the history of the food and beverage industry), the Steel Keg Association will donate $7,000 to benefit seven charitable organizations chosen by the 2023 Keg Champions.

The winners were:

Buffalo Wild Wings – National Restaurant (locations in 30+ states)

Mellow Mushroom – Regional Restaurant (locations in 2 – 29 states)

Clyde’s Restaurant Group – Local Restaurant (located in a single state) 

Yuengling – Large Brewery (500,000+ bbls of production / year)

Allagash Brewing Company – Mid-Sized Brewery (10,000 – 500,000 bbls)

Barley Brown’s Beer – Small Brewery (less than 10,000 bbls)

The Golden Mill – Draft Innovation

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