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Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Todd, Oct 5, 2019.
We all deserve a trophy!
As far as I am concerned there's nothing those brewers need to prove to anyone at this point.
Neat list of winners, interesting to see how the style categories have evolved as well.
Ethan, have you tried their 805 Blonde Ale? I have yet to see this beer on my local beer retailers' shelves but based upon posts I have read in BA this seems to be their most popular selling beer.
If FW is done with one medal, what about ABGB with 0? ABGB was large brewpub of the year 3 times in a row.
In a week I will be there. If I see one of the Brewers I might ask what happened?
I have not, been awhile I've dug into some FW, or other new beers, been homebrewing a bit lately with mixed results. Last thing I remember having was one of the variants on Luponic Distortion series. Even the old can was still friggin delicioso!
Also (American) Blonde Ales fall in one of those categories for me of not a big fan of that style, but I have had some good ones.
The other thing is, not every brewery is going to enter a beer in every category either.
Maybe don't put so much weight behind UT scores? Plus, on UTs 0-5 point scale, 3.58 is comfortably above average.
UT scores are about how much people enjoy a beer, not how well they think that beer is made.
IIRC, they are even restricted to the number of entries they make (10, I think).
A lot of breweries enter the competition, not to try to win a medal, but to get the feedback of having neutral, unbiased judges taste their beers. Every beer entered gets the judges tasting notes back. This is likely the most valuable, honest feedback most breweries get.
It’s down to 4 or 5 entries now at GABF due to the massive number of breweries registering. 318 medal winners out of 9,495 entries is a really small chance of winning; I agree that competitions are more about the feedback each entry receives from knowledgeable judges than it is the relatively few breweries who win a medal.
Has anyone heard who won the Alpha King Challenge this year?
Its 70% of their brewing capacity. It's a bit sweet for my liking.
Thought Alvarado Street?
I understand that. And, honestly, that makes their medals all the more surprising to me.
With no specific examples, no idea. Give me guidance for my next trip to NM.
There is a large-ish brewery in Indy that has production beers that are OK, in the past some were not great. They win often for specializes and one offs.
Wow! 805 is a HUGE portion of the Firestone Walker production.
This beer has a value of 79 (Okay) on BA.
I suppose it is more of a cross-over beer? It's value of 79 is basically 'right there' with the 78 value for Yuengling Traditional Lager.
When I was at Psycho Fest in Vegas back in August, I finally got around to trying that Firestone Walker 805 Blonde Ale. Afterwards, I spent the rest of the Fest drinking Modela Especial.
805 was a pass by me, personally.
Congrats to Charles Noll of Bear Chase Brewing for the gold in the Maerzen category!
I knew Charles when he brewed for Franklins in Hyattsville, MD. He's now about an hour or so west of the Washington DC Beltway. (So near and yet so far, about 1.5 hours away from me.)
I always get the Electric Jellyfish when I’m in Austin for sxsw. Cheers!
Only one local medal winner by me - East Nashville Beer Works' - Cumberland Punch (APWA). So I celebrated by visiting them on Sunday for that and their good pizza. Congrats!
You're trying to slip one past me. ABGB? Who's that? I'm drawing a blank.
Congratulations to Castle Island for taking the gold in the Bohemian pilsner category and being the sole MA brewery to place in this competition.
Attn. all other MA brewers: You're all losers.
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Good read for me, lots I didn’t know.
@JackHorzempa the video wouldn’t play for me it just came back as an error. Thanks though.
Funny. Tom (@drtth) made a similar comment via PM but he then stated he was able to watch the video. Maybe he can provide some assistance here?
Try closing your browser and then coming back to this page. Alternatively, you can note the name of the video and search for it on YouTube. One or both may work. Not sure which worked best for me.
Something interesting to me... Lost Abbey Creator's Calling (a mixture of scotch barrel-aged wee heavy and un-aged wee heavy) won gold in the aged beer category. I had this beer through the Rare Beer of the Month Club early this year and I thought it was fantastic. I ordered more bottles the following month. It's nice to see my tastes being backed up by GABF gold... but a broken clock is still accurate twice a day. But anyway, if Creator's Calling is still available to you, I would highly recommend trying it. It's a really nice blend of the wee heavy and barrel flavors without letting the barrel take over, as happens in too many of these sorts beers. Also, if anyone here is a member of the Rare Beer Club and passed on this you can still order it from them, and it's a beer that stands up just fine to age/storage.
EDIT: also please note that 2SP Brewing won gold AGAIN for the Russian Imperial Stout. This is the same brewer who won Iron Hill many gold medals in the Russian Imperial Stout for years before founding 2SP. If you want a standard in this style to compare all others to, The Russian from 2SP would be a good choice.
Yup, Bob Barrar really knows how to brew Imperial Stouts and his ability to consistently win in this category is an indicator that winning medals at the GABF is not just a situation of being lucky. Bob knows how to make his own 'luck'.
This article at Good Beer Hunting on 805 from just about a year ago claimed the furthest east the beer was distributed was Chicago (with lots of gaps in between).
I'm curious as to how well they are moving that in Chicago's market which to me seems over saturated with quality options.
Couldn’t agree more! We spent well over $1000 with the overnight shipping.
I'm curious, how many beers did you ship for that cost?
We submitted ten beers total and there were multiples of each beer spread across two different cold shipper boxes. Can’t remember how many it was total as our Head Brewer picked them.
A lot of breweries around here combine shipment to save money. Fremont Brewery handles collection and shipping. Seattle is 1200ish miles from Denver, so Virginia isnt that much farther. Less than a 2 day drive.