GABF Winners: Rants n Raves

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  1. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,132) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Well, the winners are out:, 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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  2. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

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

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,033) Jan 31, 2005 California
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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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  4. obrike

    obrike Crusader (719) Jun 19, 2009 Texas

    The fact that any Shiner beer won a medal makes go go hmmmm....
  5. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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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.
  6. tony32408

    tony32408 Initiate (165) Sep 21, 2009 Washington
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    Goose Island won Gold for best English Style IPA.
  7. matthaslaservision

    matthaslaservision Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    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 Poo-Bah (1,796) Feb 10, 2010 Illinois
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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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  9. stevegoz

    stevegoz Aspirant (279) May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    Bells and Founders shut out? Goose Island, one medal? These facts strike me as odd.
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  10. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,045) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Olde Mecklenburg for German Style Maerzen...Silver for Mecktoberfest. Congrats, and Prost!
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  11. sjstraub

    sjstraub Disciple (312) Nov 13, 2006 Wisconsin
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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.
  12. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

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

    Lordquackingstic Disciple (378) Jun 14, 2011 New York
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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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  14. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 California

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

    cmac1705 Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2010 Florida

    Firestone Walker never ceases to amaze me.
  16. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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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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  17. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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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! :slight_smile:
  18. Rempo

    Rempo Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2010 Indiana

    :grimacing: Captain Lawrence Barrel Select Gold? :grimacing:

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

    FATC1TY Moderator (1,401) Feb 12, 2012 Georgia
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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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  20. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,132) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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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.
  21. Brew33

    Brew33 Crusader (749) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    Glad to see Lady of the Woods get some run. Excellent beer.
  22. FarmerTed

    FarmerTed Aspirant (286) May 31, 2011 Colorado

    Wow, Jamil got a gold.
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  23. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas
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  24. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2010 Florida

    Except all the losers
  25. jclarkn

    jclarkn Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2011 New York

    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. standardcherry

    standardcherry Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Came here to say this. Also Seizoen Bretta deserved its gold... amazing.
  27. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,320) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    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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  28. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2010 Florida

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

    bennetj17 Meyvn (1,374) Oct 30, 2005 Arizona
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    Sunshine Pils is pretty good IMO.
  30. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,320) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

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

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2010 Florida

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

    JWU Zealot (594) Feb 10, 2010 Pennsylvania

    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 Poo-Bah (2,320) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    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 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Sun King is still on fire at GABF.
    Couple more shiny stickers for them!

  35. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (154) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    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 Devotee (433) Apr 14, 2009 Minnesota
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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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  37. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Aspirant (227) Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    I notice A LOT of CO winners. Is CO really that good? Or perhaps a little 'home field advantage'? Honest question.
  38. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    I'll take Row 12 Hill 56 over it all day
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  39. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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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
  40. rondufresne

    rondufresne Aspirant (286) Dec 13, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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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