This past weekend was the Great American Beer Festival, the largest festival of American-made beer in the world. More than just a place to drink great beer, the festival is also a huge beer competition.
GABF awards medals in 96 different categories. Beers are judged over five different three-hour judging sessions, done over three days. Beers are all judged by connoisseurs that have a specific area of expertise, and they’re never allowed to be judges for any part of the competition they entered, not where there’s any other beer they have a vested interested in.
Here’s how the awards are broken down:
Gold – A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.
Silver- An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma and appearance.
Bronze – A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor deviations in taste, aroma or appearance
GABF awarded 293 medals in total this year. That’s a ton for us to publish, so we just picked out 10 outstanding categories. If you want to see all the winners, you can do so here.
Prairie Madness – Hailstorm Brewing Co.
Gold Digger IPA – Auburn Alehouse
Breakside IPA – Breakside Brewery & Taproom
Manta Ray – Ballast Point Brewing Co.
Lupulin River – Knee Deep Brewing Co.
Chux – Danville Brewing Co
Mermaid’s Scorn – Benchtop Brewing Co.
No. 33 Gose – The Freehouse
Passionfruit Gose – Perrin Brewing Co.
Monterey Street – Central Coast Brewing Co.
Mosaic Pale Ale – Lynnwood Brewing Concern
Triple Tail – SweetWater Brewing Co.
Blood Orange Wit – Refuge Brewery
ZuurPruim – Logsdon Farmhouse Ale
Cherry Busey – Sun King Brewing Co.
Plum Creek Sour – Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co.
Train to Beersel – Bruery Terreux
5th Anniversary Tequila Sour – Loveland Aleworks
Wall of Sound – Stereo Brewing Co
The Ferguson – Studio Brew
Fat Pug – Maplewood Brewing Co.
La Muerta – Freetail Brewing Co.
Solzhenitsyn – Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
There is No Quad – The BottleHouse Brewery And Meadowy
Wet Hop Melvin – Melvin Brewing Co.
Field to Ferment – Fremont Brewing Co.S
Fresh As It Gets – Mother Earth Brew Co. – Nampa
Super Awesome Lager – Austin Beerworks
Pedal Haus Light Lager – Pedal Haus Brewery
Sun Grown – Sycamore Brewing