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First an ice cream flavor, now a national award? Cold Smoke's on a roll, folks. Missoula's fav flav sloshed away from this weekend's 28th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver with a bronze medal in Scotch Ales. The Kettlehouse was fast to the bragging rights, setting off the tap list on Myrtle Street with stars and block "bronze winner" letters on Monday afternoon.

Cold Smoke beat out 26 of its 28 opponents in the Scotch Ales category. Not exactly the Michael Phelps of brewskies, but the medal gives you just one more reason to try out that funky Cold Smoke milkshake. Railbender Ale from Erie, Penn., took the gold in Scotch Ales while Kilt Lifter from Tempe, Ariz., claimed silver.

One Montana beer did walk away with a gold medal: Stillwater Rye from the Montana Brewing Co. in Billings. The three-day festival hosted 3,308 brews in all.

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