Big Ash Brewing's Symphony Wins Prestigious Brewing Honor in Vienna Lager Category

Big Ash Brewing won a gold 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.

Big Ash Brewing, one of four Cincinnati breweries medaling at the GABF, was recognized in the Vienna Style Lager beer-style category for “Symphony”, a smooth, medium-bodied and malt forward, amber lager. A mix of European malts delivers a nice, toasted character with lightly roasted notes.  The next batch of Symphony will be available in November, on our “pour-your-own”, “pay by the ounce” tap wall and in 16oz cans at the brewery.  We are also expanding self-distribution of our draft beer and 16 different styles in cans.

Brew Master, Jon Pfeiffer, has crafted another award-winning beer. This gold medal follows a silver medal for “Porter’sPorter” in the May 2022 World Beer Cup. Symphony has long been a personal favorite.  

"A lager @ 5% ABV allows me to enjoy more than one and the full malty flavor of this beer ensures that I will.” said Dave Emery, Founder & Managing Partner at Big Ash Brewing.  “While waiting, with great anticipation, for the return of Symphony, come visit and enjoy our Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Chuck, Porter’s Porter, Pay Joe Pilsner and 16 more beers we have on tap.”

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 BeerFestival. “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.”

Big Ash Brewing is a micro-brewery and taproom which opened in Sept. 2019 and is located at 5230 Beechmont Ave in Anderson Township. Big Ash also has a full cocktail bar, featuring bourbons and spirits from local craft distilleries. A recently expanded menu now offers subs and wraps in addition to a new selection of gourmet pizzas, salads, and warm Servatii pretzels with beer cheese.  Big Ash has the biggest TV screen this side of the Little Miami (16’ x 9’), for all the sports, live music on the weekends and dart boards in the party room.  Big Ash brewing is family friendly and dogs are welcome on the patio. The Beer Hall, Party Room and Covered Patio can be reserved for parties on weekends & evenings and meetings during the day.

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