Saturday, October 12, 2013

2013 Great American Beer Festival Medals are announced!

252 Bling-Blings awarded, 230 virgins enter the competition!

I just got word from my homies of the Brewers Association that an astounding 252 medals were awarded to some of the best brewers throughout the U.S. via the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado today. I was trying to go this year but things just friggin’ happen, but in 2014, it’s on! Anyway, there were some eye-poppin’ numbers this year including…
·         3,100 beers served at the festival
·         49,000 attendees
·         745 breweries in the competition from 49 states (Including Washington, D-Cizzle)
·         4,809 beers judged (a 12 percent hike since last year according to BA. Evidently the craft brew scene continues to blow the eff up!)
·         84 style categories judged
As an added plus to show some hometown love, Atlanta, Georgia's SweetWater Brewing Company won gold in the rye category with their LowRYEder IPA! ('Nuff respect to head brewer "Slick" Nick Nock!) Here is the official press release from BA below. Keep the gangster brews coming everyone. I’ve got your back!
Oh, and much love, Abby. (Imagine my right fist pounding the heart in appreciation.)

New and Established Breweries Claim Great American Beer Festival Medals

Boulder, CO • October 12, 2013—The 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 252 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, including GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 27th year, the 2013 competition surpassed all previous participation records, setting the bar high.
To accommodate growth, this year's GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 201 beer experts from 11 countries evaluating 4,809 entries, with assistance from more than 130 competition volunteers.
Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 beer categories covering 138 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S. Winners were chosen from 4,809 competition entries from 745 breweries, hailing from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C.
2013 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards
Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Baker City Brewing Company
Marks Lanham and Eli Dickison

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Microstar Keg Management
Devils Backbone Brewing Company - Basecamp
Jason Oliver

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Matt Brynildson

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Beer Institute
John, Tom, Bill & Addison

Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Gella’s Diner & Lb Brewing Company
Gerald Wyman

Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Julian Shrago and Ian McCall

Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
Pelican Brewing Company
Darron Welch and Steve Panos

Brewpub Group and Brewpub Group Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
Rock Bottom Brewery
Team Rock Bottom

Overall Competition Highlights
Reflecting craft brewing's increasing popularity nationwide, across state and regional borders, overall competition highlights include:
·         Twenty-four first-time entering breweries won awards. During the registration process, 230 breweries self-identified as first-time entrants.
·         There was a tie for most gold medals won, three each for Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, Colo.) and for Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, Calif.).
·         New Jersey topped the list of ratio of medals to entries by state, with one medal won among seven entries, a 14.3% ratio. Delaware had a 13% winning ratio, with three medals won among 23 entries. California, the state with the highest number of beer entries—at 885—won 52 medals for a 5.9% ratio of medals to entries.
Style Categories
Since 2001, the most-entered category has been American-Style India Pale Ale (IPA), which saw 252 entries in 2013.
The top five entered categories were:
1.       American-Style India Pale Ale (252 entries)
2.       Imperial India Pale Ale (149 entries)
3.       Herb and Spice Beer (134 entries)
4.       American-Style Pale Ale (124 entries)
5.       American-Style Strong Pale Ale (120 entries)
The winners in the most-entered (that is, the most competitive) categories were:
American-Style India Pale Ale
Gold: Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Pallet Jack IPA
Silver: Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Union Jack
Bronze: La Cumbre Brewing Co., Project Dank: Operation Pharoah’s Return
Imperial India Pale Ale
Gold: Fat Heads Brewery, Hop Juju
Silver: Three Floyds Brewing Co., Permanent Funeral
Bronze: Smartmouth Brewing Co., Notch 9 Double IPA
Herb and Spice Beer
Gold: Namaste Brewing at the Whip Inn, Bitterama
Silver: Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub, Chai Milk Stout
Bronze: Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, Elba
American-Style Pale Ale
Gold: Lumberyard Brewing Co., Lumberyard American Pale Ale
Silver: Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Featherweight Pale
Bronze: Joseph James Brewing Co., Citra Rye Pale Ale

American-Style Strong Pale Ale
Gold: Monkey Paw Brewing Co., Bonobos
Silver: Four Peaks Brewing Co., Hop Knot
Bronze: Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Kung Fu Elvis
The 2013 GABF competition featured two new categories: Grodzisz, with seven entries, and Adambier (no entries). There were three categories in which one of the three possible medals was not awarded:
·         American-Style or International-Style Pilsener—No gold awarded
·         American-Style Amber/Red Ale—No silver awarded
·         Imperial Red Ale—No gold awarded

2013 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Country Malt Group, Hopunion and White Labs
Gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs amateur brewers with professional brewers, who scale up the award-winning homebrew recipes. The medal winners, including the winning professional brewers and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member homebrewers are:
Gold: Poblano, Cigar City Brewing
Brewmaster: Wayne Wambles, Cigar City, and AHA member Jeff Gladish
Silver: Charlie’s Brown, New Belgium Brewing Co.
Brewmaster: Peter Bouckaert/Grady Hull, New Belgium Brewing Co., and AHA member Mike Formisan
Bronze: Oatmeal Stout, Upslope Brewing Co.
Brewmaster: Alex Violette, Upslope Brewing Co., and AHA member Derek Ordway

Summary: 2013 Great American Beer Festival Statistics
·         624 breweries in the festival hall
·         More than 3,100 beers served at the festival
·         49,000 attendees
·         More than 2,800 volunteers
·         745 breweries in the competition from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C.
·         4,809 beers judged (includes 100 Pro-Am competition entries), a 12 percent increase over 2012
·         84 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition
·         201 judges from 11 countries
·         Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 51
·         Category with highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale: 252

Additional GABF sponsors are recognized on the festival website.


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