Every day, I receive at least a couple emails from breweries in which the word, “award,” is mentioned whether it be a press release or an event notice. Breweries are proud of these awards. In the U.S., the GABF and World Beer Cup are the most well-known competitions. Then there are the tons of state and local festival competitions. International competitions. The Great British Beer Festival. Then there are the all-important awards from private entities like the Beer Tasting Institute and the Open Beer Championships. The list goes on…and on…and on.