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GABF Winners: Rants n Raves

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by beertunes, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Well, the winners are out: http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/12_GABF_winners.pdf, and like every year there are things that make ya go Hmmm. For me it was category 31 Munich-style Helles. Gold to CB Potts, OK. Silver and Bronze to Full Sail sessions and Kona Longboard Lager? One of my locals won a couple of Silvers, Congrats Chuckanut! What are your Rants and Raves this year?
    JoeyBeerBelly likes this.
  2. MI won 3 medals.... total. Find that surprising.
    Then again, whogivesadamnbro? I'll drink what I like.
  3. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poobah (1,090) California Jan 31, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Little brewery, Island Brewing in Carpenteria won a few. The Starry Night is quite good. Nice to see little guys get some respect in such a large gathering.
    Chaseguuy and beertunes like this.
  4. obrike

    obrike Savant (480) Texas Jun 19, 2009

    The fact that any Shiner beer won a medal makes go go hmmmm....
  5. well in that vein, PBR won a medal too. The WTF ws distributor of the year was Tryon in Charlotte. They put out FBS last year BEFORE Backwoods. Seriously. I was a 4 pack into Backwoods before I saw a bottle or keg of FBS. and they won distributor of the year.
  6. tony32408

    tony32408 Savant (260) New York Sep 21, 2009 Beer Trader

    Goose Island won Gold for best English Style IPA.
  7. Category 33 is just bullshit. Also Brooklyn didn't get a single award in any style, also bullshit.
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  8. Duff27

    Duff27 Champion (830) Illinois Feb 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Fourteen Fourteen won gold from the Central Waters in Category 23: Wood and barrel aged strong stout.
    Congrats Paul and company!!
    seeswo, HopsMatt, yamar68 and 5 others like this.
  9. stevegoz

    stevegoz Savant (395) Illinois May 5, 2008 Beer Trader

    Bells and Founders shut out? Goose Island, one medal? These facts strike me as odd.
    buddha5050 and codysjb like this.
  10. herrburgess

    herrburgess Poobah (1,035) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    Olde Mecklenburg for German Style Maerzen...Silver for Mecktoberfest. Congrats, and Prost!
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  11. sjstraub

    sjstraub Savant (370) Wisconsin Nov 13, 2006 Beer Trader

    That's pretty par for the course if you've seen previous years results. I would guess that many of their beers that BAs find appealing don't fit very well into the GABF categories.
  12. match1112

    match1112 Champion (750) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    Destihl won Bronze in the Fruit Beer category for this little gem!
  13. Lordquackingstic

    Lordquackingstic Advocate (560) New York Jun 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    I love troegs, but come on...sunshine pils? They basically give that stuff away at my go to store because it never sells.
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  14. drgarage

    drgarage Advocate (525) California Aug 19, 2008

    Hometown Blonde from New Glarus is extremely well deserved. Just an outstanding pilsner.
  15. cmac1705

    cmac1705 Savant (265) Florida Apr 30, 2010

    Firestone Walker never ceases to amaze me.
  16. I had it when i went back home to OH in July and wasnt impressed at all.
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  17. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Congrats to all!

    I feel I have to comment on Zombie Dust getting a bronze!

    WTF! There's NONE that compare! :)
  18. Rempo

    Rempo Advocate (635) Indiana Jan 18, 2010

    :eek: Captain Lawrence Barrel Select Gold? :eek:

    Edit: Wondering what this beer is, as well as FO/BB
    cosmicevan likes this.
  19. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (905) Georgia Feb 12, 2012 Staff Member Subscriber Beer Trader

    List is a big yawn...

    I'm all for rooting for the local guys, but 1 medal for Sweetwater... and it's for their Porter.. which isn't as good as Red Bricks' local wise..
    Casedogg43 likes this.
  20. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Yeah, Wookie Jack single-handedly saved the CDA style for me. Until WJ, the best CDA I'd had was OK, WJ blows me away. It's the only example of the style I go back to regularly.
  21. Brew33

    Brew33 Advocate (690) Ohio Oct 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Glad to see Lady of the Woods get some run. Excellent beer.
  22. FarmerTed

    FarmerTed Savant (405) Colorado May 31, 2011

    Wow, Jamil got a gold.
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  23. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Advocate (515) Texas Apr 13, 2010

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  24. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Florida Jun 24, 2010

    Except all the losers
  25. jclarkn

    jclarkn Aficionado (155) New York Sep 18, 2011

    Category: 75 Robust Porter, 62 Entries
    Silver: Coco Loco, NoDa Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC
    Bronze: Black Sand Porter, Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona, HI

    what got gold?
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  26. Came here to say this. Also Seizoen Bretta deserved its gold... amazing.
  27. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,065) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    Funkwerks coming away with 3 golds (1 for Deceit, 1 for their Saison, and 1 for best small brewery) was cool to see.
    tacosandbeer and alexipa like this.
  28. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Florida Jun 24, 2010

    Coors won a medal in barrel aged strong stout?!?!?!
  29. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Advocate (680) Arizona Oct 30, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Sunshine Pils is pretty good IMO.
  30. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,065) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    AC Golden makes some really good beers. No lie.
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  31. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Florida Jun 24, 2010

    They must, that seems like a stacked category
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  32. JWU

    JWU Savant (300) Pennsylvania Feb 10, 2010

    The fact that Sunshine Pils and Dreamweaver Wheat (both from Troegs) won gold downright baffles me. Can't really stand either of them. Hopback Amber Ale from Troegs however is fantastic, and also won gold.
    How in the world did Leinenkugels Summer Shandy win ANYTHING?
  33. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,065) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    They generally seem to do barrel aged sours but given their resources and the fact that the the brewers have the freedom to brew the beer they want, I'd imagine this Barrel Aged RIS would be quite good. Haven't had it myself to know though.
  34. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Sun King is still on fire at GABF.
    Couple more shiny stickers for them!

  35. Some thoughts....the GABF lists always amaze me.

    I think that a lot of the styles shouldn't even be on there or should be combined with some other style.

    I am always surprised at how many breweries I haven't heard of win Gold medals.

    I think that the beers we as Beer Advocates love/hype is not at all what professional beer judges rate beers on. "Our" list would look so much different (and better imo).

    Devils Backbone took home a shit ton of medals. Never had a single beer from them.

    Washington State is extremely overlooked (partly our fault for not putting ourselves out there).

    CA, VA, CO and OR are killers

    The American IPA list is not at all what I would choose ever.
  36. boomer31

    boomer31 Savant (315) Minnesota Apr 14, 2009 Beer Trader

    Raspberry Tart/Belgian Red not medaling in the fruit categories! Seems like one of them always medal
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  37. I notice A LOT of CO winners. Is CO really that good? Or perhaps a little 'home field advantage'? Honest question.
  38. I'll take Row 12 Hill 56 over it all day
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  39. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Big Fan of RR, and have a few of the Row2/Hill56 coming any day now.

    I'll compare side by side and see what my palate decides!
    Probably, with those two Big Dogs, my palate will cry tears of joy! LOL
  40. I've never had Zombie Dust, but its classification as a pale ale confuses me. I know the brewer can call it whatever they want to, but the GABF style guide says American pale ales are 4.5-5.6% ABV, and ZD is 6.4%--within the range of American IPAs (6.3-7.5%). So if ZD is "actually" an IPA, why is it earning a medal as a pale ale?