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BJ’s Restaurants honored with gold medals for two of its proprietary craft beers at the Great American Beer Festival

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2015-10-7 — /EPR Retail News/ —BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced that it received gold medals for two of the Company’s proprietary craft beers at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colorado. Each year, GABF brings together brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation. It represents the largest collection of U.S. beer served in a public tasting event.

The winning beers are:

  • BJ’s Magnolia’s Peach®, which won in the Fruit Wheat Beer category
  • BJ’s LightSwitch® Lager, which won in the Session Beer category

This year’s competition was the largest to date, with 6,647 beer entries judged in 92 categories. Only 91 gold medals were awarded. These two awards bring BJ’s gold medal count at the GABF to 16 and total GABF medals to 32 since first participating in this prestigious festival in 1996. To date, BJ’s has won over 150 medals at various festivals and competitions since it opened its first brewery location back in 1996 in Brea, California.

“The medal-winning BJ’s LightSwitch® Lager was brewed in our new Temple, Texas brewery,” saidAlex Puchner, BJ’s Senior Vice President of Brewery Operations. “We couldn’t be more proud of our Temple brewing team for earning gold at their first Great American Beer Festival. Our second gold medal was for BJ’s Magnolia’s Peach® which was brewed at our Chandler, Arizona brewery, where we have quite a track record of brewing award-winning beers. With the addition of our two newest GABF gold medals, I am more confident than ever in our ability to create unique, handcrafted beers for guests to enjoy in our restaurants. We appreciate the opportunity to participate at the GABF each year and look forward to delighting our guests with award-winning beers like BJ’s Magnolia’s Peach® and BJ’s LightSwitch® Lager.”

BJ’s has been committed to formulating and serving award-winning, carefully crafted beers since 1996. We believe that high-quality beer can make the world a better place. BJ’s Magnolia’s Peach® is a seasonal beer that will be back on tap in spring 2016. BJ’s LightSwitch® Lager is part of our signature lineup and is on tap year round.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 169 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. The Company operates several microbrewery restaurants in addition to using independent third-party brewers to produce and distribute BJ’s critically acclaimed craft beers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 22 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas,Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

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