2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Winners

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  1. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,150) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    We all deserve a trophy! :slight_smile:

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  2. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,040) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    As far as I am concerned there's nothing those brewers need to prove to anyone at this point. :wink:
     
  3. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,040) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Neat list of winners, interesting to see how the style categories have evolved as well.
     
  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,150) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    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.

    Cheers!
     
  5. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,464) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    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?
     
  6. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,040) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    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.
     
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  7. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,310) Sep 24, 2007 Vatican City
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    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.
     
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  8. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,310) Sep 24, 2007 Vatican City
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    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.
     
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  9. sharpski

    sharpski Meyvn (1,152) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    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.
     
  10. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Champion (870) Feb 25, 2015 Montana
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    Has anyone heard who won the Alpha King Challenge this year?
     
  11. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,095) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Its 70% of their brewing capacity. It's a bit sweet for my liking.

    Thought Alvarado Street?
     
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  12. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,541) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    I understand that. And, honestly, that makes their medals all the more surprising to me.
     
  13. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,464) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    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.
     
  14. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,150) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    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.

    Cheers!
     
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  15. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,541) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    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.
     
  16. davida1225

    davida1225 Initiate (72) Oct 16, 2013 Maryland

    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.)
     
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  17. bleezylovesbeer

    bleezylovesbeer Initiate (15) Jul 13, 2019 South Dakota

    I always get the Electric Jellyfish when I’m in Austin for sxsw. Cheers!
     
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  18. imtroy703

    imtroy703 Initiate (104) Nov 13, 2009 Tennessee

    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!
     
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  19. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,487) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    You're trying to slip one past me. :wink: ABGB? Who's that? I'm drawing a blank.
     
  20. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (363) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    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.
     
  21. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Savant (950) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    Austin Beer Garden
     
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  22. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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  23. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,150) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    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?

    Cheers!
     
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  24. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

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    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.
     
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  25. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I’ll try.
     
  26. Ranbot

    Ranbot Champion (875) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    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. :grin: 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.
     
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  27. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,150) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    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'.

    Cheers!
     
  28. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,850) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    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).

     
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  29. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (664) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I'm curious as to how well they are moving that in Chicago's market which to me seems over saturated with quality options.
     
  30. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Crusader (724) Feb 5, 2014 Virginia
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    Couldn’t agree more! We spent well over $1000 with the overnight shipping.
     
  31. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,487) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I'm curious, how many beers did you ship for that cost?
     
  32. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Crusader (724) Feb 5, 2014 Virginia
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    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.
     
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  33. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,310) Sep 24, 2007 Vatican City
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    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.