New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing Company has received medals for its Maifest and Zommerfest beers from the Beverage Tasting Institute. Schell’s Maifest earned the title “Exceptional” in it’s category, and the brewery’s Zommerfest received a “Highly Recommended” rating from the panel of judges. The Beverage Tasting Institute was founded in 1981. All of the panelists are professional guest tasters who are retailers, restaurateurs or prominent writers. This past March Schell’s was awarded a gold medal for its Bock beer and a silver medal for its Barleywine beer as well.