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GABF Winners: Rants n Raves

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

  1. beertunes

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    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?
     
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    MI won 3 medals.... total. Find that surprising.
    Then again, whogivesadamnbro? I'll drink what I like.
     
  3. 2beerdogs

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    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.
     
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    The fact that any Shiner beer won a medal makes go go hmmmm....
     
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    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.
     
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    Goose Island won Gold for best English Style IPA.
     
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    Category 33 is just bullshit. Also Brooklyn didn't get a single award in any style, also bullshit.
     
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    Fourteen Fourteen won gold from the Central Waters in Category 23: Wood and barrel aged strong stout.
    Congrats Paul and company!!
     
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    Bells and Founders shut out? Goose Island, one medal? These facts strike me as odd.
     
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    Olde Mecklenburg for German Style Maerzen...Silver for Mecktoberfest. Congrats, and Prost!
     
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    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.
     
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    Destihl won Bronze in the Fruit Beer category for this little gem!
    [​IMG]
     
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    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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    Hometown Blonde from New Glarus is extremely well deserved. Just an outstanding pilsner.
     
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    Firestone Walker never ceases to amaze me.
     
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    I had it when i went back home to OH in July and wasnt impressed at all.
     
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    Congrats to all!

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

    WTF! There's NONE that compare! :)
     
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    :eek: Captain Lawrence Barrel Select Gold? :eek:

    Edit: Wondering what this beer is, as well as FO/BB
     
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    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..
     
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    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.
     
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    Glad to see Lady of the Woods get some run. Excellent beer.
     
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    Wow, Jamil got a gold.
     
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    EVERYONE IS A WINNER!
     
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    Except all the losers
     
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    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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    Came here to say this. Also Seizoen Bretta deserved its gold... amazing.
     
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    Funkwerks coming away with 3 golds (1 for Deceit, 1 for their Saison, and 1 for best small brewery) was cool to see.
     
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    Coors won a medal in barrel aged strong stout?!?!?!
     
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    Sunshine Pils is pretty good IMO.
     
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    AC Golden makes some really good beers. No lie.
     
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    They must, that seems like a stacked category
     
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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    Sun King is still on fire at GABF.
    Couple more shiny stickers for them!

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