Two East Tennessee breweries take home medals at World Beer Cup

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Yee-Haw Brewing and Blackberry Farm Brewery were awarded medals at the World Beer Cup 2016.

The World Beer Cup is often referred to as the "Olympics of beer competitions." The competition is tough and it takes a truly outstanding beer to earn a medal. It only happens once every two years.

Blackberry Farm Brewery in Walland, Tenn. earned a gold medal for its Classic Saison in the French and Belgian-style saison category. The brewery's flagship beer beat 115 other beers in the category to earn gold.

You can learn more about Blackberry Farm Brewery here.

Yee-Haw Brewing in Johnson City, Tenn. earned a bronze medal for its dunkel in the European-style dark/Muenchner Dunkel category.

"This medal was such an unexpected surprise given that there are so many world class beers in this competition,” said Brewmaster and COO Brandon Greenwood. “It is a true honor and one that would not have been possible without the hard work of the entire Yee-Haw Brewing team."

Yee-Haw Brewing started distributing in July 2015. Since that time, bars, restaurants and grocery stores sold about 15,000 cases worth of the dunkel.

“We are proud to say that all of the awards won by Tennessee breweries are coming home to East Tennessee” said Margaret Stolfi of Yee-Haw. “There is great beer to be had in this area, and the World Beer Cup gave us a chance to share that beer on an international stage.”

You can learn more about Yee-Haw Brewing here.

A panel of 253 judges from around the world judged nearly 6,600 entries from more than 1,900 breweries in 55 countries.