Great American Beer Festival (GABF) 2013 Winners

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,941) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) 2013 Winners list is live.

    Congrats to all medal winners and cheers to the judges!
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  2. infuturity83

    infuturity83 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 Massachusetts

    Stopped scrolling once I saw that freakin Natty Ice won "Best American-Style Cream Ale"

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  3. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Poo-Bah (2,831) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    I'm proud of my home state of New Mexico. At least five different breweries received medals in a state with about 25 breweries. People take notice. We've got some goodies. Come visit and find out for yourself.
  4. ParkerAE

    ParkerAE Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2013 California

    Congrats to Beachwood!
  5. opwog

    opwog Zealot (581) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    Beachwood = 5 medals and mid-sized brewpub of the year. Excellent showing!

    REDSOXIPAGUY Initiate (150) Sep 16, 2013 Ohio

    Look at fat heads winning imperial ipa. Pretty cool considering I'm 5-10 minutes from them. And beat out my personal favorite permanent funeral
  7. JoEBoBpr

    JoEBoBpr Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2004 Missouri

    I didn't know Perennial Ales was in Illinois. Last time I checked it was west of the Mississippi. Weird.

    Anyways...Congrats on BA Sump Coffee Stout.
  8. stevegoz

    stevegoz Aspirant (294) May 5, 2008 Illinois

    We annexed St. Louis. We're also reunifying it with East St. Louis as part of the deal.
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  9. JoEBoBpr

    JoEBoBpr Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2004 Missouri

    haha. Well I must be living under a rock.
  10. drtth

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

    Is there a better one that was entered in that category?
  11. TDavEdMac

    TDavEdMac Initiate (0) May 6, 2013 Colorado

    There were three categories in which one of the three possible medals was not awarded-- how, and why, do they not award a medal?

    And shout out to Colorado for 46 medals woot woot!
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  12. Jimbobebop

    Jimbobebop Aspirant (211) Jun 12, 2013 Illinois

    Go New Glarus who won 2 out of the 5 medals awarded to Wisconsin brewers. The rest went to Miller Sab companies.

    Way to fight the big guys.
  13. ddedhed

    ddedhed Disciple (329) Dec 4, 2012 Ohio

    Congrats to Fat Head's for a strong showing. And a really big congrats to the super tiny Yellow Springs Brewery for winning a medal. Good beer, nice owners, cool little town; what more could you want?
  14. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2012 Ohio

    Man, I hope they bottle Hop Juju!! Congrats to Fat Head's!
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  15. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,664) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Dry Dock continues to kick ass year after year.
  16. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (268) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    congrats to Jack's Abby! Mass Rising is great, great beer
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  17. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,144) Mar 21, 2010 New York

    I noticed this also, curious too.
  18. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (3,746) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio
    Society Trader

    Congrats to Fat Head's! I just re-visited Hop JuJu last month and it's definitely deserving..

    I see Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 1 won a gold medal?!?!? That's one of my alltime favorites. Does anyone know if they re-brewed it or was it a keg from years ago? I hope this means they'll start brewing it again.. it's easily their best beer..
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  19. OTB

    OTB Devotee (473) Sep 2, 2011 California

    For what we have all known for a few years now, Beachwood ! Congrats to the best brewery in So Cal. I am going to pop a freshly bottled Melrose in honor of Julian and the entire BW crew.

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  20. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,970) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    That category has always been a sort of "catch all" for the big breweries. The category number and exact titles change a lot, but if you check out the 1995 Winners pdf at you'll see that it was once called "American Lager / Ale Or Cream Ale" ("Err, so...just about anything an oldline brewery makes, right?") even though there were categories for "American Premium Lager" "American Light Lager" "American Lager" "American Specialty Lager", etc. The GABF just likes to give out a lot of awards, it's not interested in making a lot of sense (or even making sure the breweries follows their convoluted "style" criteria).
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  21. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (9,884) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Kudos to Piney River for their Medal, probably the closet brewery to me & Gella's my favorite Kansas Brewpub!
  22. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,019) Sep 24, 2007 Liechtenstein
    Society Trader

    Congrats to all winners, CHEERS! Extra cheers to all NW brewers (yeah Bend Brewing!), extra extra cheers to the WA brewers, AND, extra special cheers to my homies at Boundary Bay for the Silver in the Barleywine category!
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  23. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,125) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Industry Brewery

    Is the SandLot Brewing that won Larger Brewing Company of the Year (and the gold for Smoked Beer) the same as is purportedly the origin of Blue Moon?
  24. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Disciple (312) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon

    If the judges don't feel as though any of the entries are worthy of a gold they simply don't award one in that category.
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  25. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,664) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Yup, it's the same one. They're the most awarded brewery of all time, and not for B.S. macro lagers either.
    The Sandlot and AC Golden are proof that Coors can make great beers by any standard.
  26. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,935) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Congrats indeed!!!
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  27. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (217) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona

    FATE won a Silver in Specialty for Candy bar Milk Stout!

    Go AZ!
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  28. primrose54

    primrose54 Aspirant (238) Apr 7, 2009 Ohio

    Glad to see Fatheads win a Gold! JuJu is an awesome imperial IPA!
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  29. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,019) Sep 24, 2007 Liechtenstein
    Society Trader

    Maybe, possibly, if Santa likes you, if you behave in an appropriate manner, you might get a couple in your stocking this upcoming Kwanzaa.

    BTW, I happen to be wearing my example of the same shirt today. I hope to be that slim someday.:stuck_out_tongue:
  30. Terrapin8

    Terrapin8 Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2008 Georgia

    Congrats Terrapin!!
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  31. opwog

    opwog Zealot (581) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    Technically, Beachwood's Foam Top, which took a gold medal in the blonde/golden ale category is a cream ale, but I do not think that you can enter the same beer into multiple categories. So basically, you had a Cream Ale win in the Golden ale category and an adjunct lager win in the cram ale category.
  32. opwog

    opwog Zealot (581) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    I hear that! And a great beer to have won with. I remember people discussing Tree Hugger on here and t was obvious that they just were not getting the style. Glad to see some validation for how good this beer is.
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  33. Bogforce

    Bogforce Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2010 Ohio

    Glad to see Market Garden winning a medal. They continue to make great beer but don't get the recognition they deserve.
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  34. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,125) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Industry Brewery

    Don't forget Leinenkugel's Gold medal-winning, authentic German-style Canoe Paddler Koelsch. Hopped with Styrian Gold, Sterling, Saaz; unfiltered; and brewed with rye.
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  35. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,491) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Scott, one enters and hopes that the judges are good and know the style. Does not always happen. You have had more Koelsch in Cologne than probably all at the judging table together.
  36. TDavEdMac

    TDavEdMac Initiate (0) May 6, 2013 Colorado

    That simply doesn't make any sense. If you're going to award a silver, why wouldn't that beer win the gold? And everyone else below get bumped up a spot? What about category 54 that didn't award a silver? Makes zero sense.
    Performance enhancing disqualification after a medal is awarded? Probably not obv... Just seems like its easy to give 3 medals to each category...
  37. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Disciple (312) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon

    It makes perfect sense if you understand the way the GABF is judged. Say you've got a category with 10 beers; one is awesome, one is "OK", and the other 8 are crap. They could award a gold to the awesome one, a bronze to the OK one, and not award a silver because nothing else met their expectations.

    Or, in the example you used, perhaps the best beer in the category is pretty good, but doesn't meet their expectations for a gold, so they'll award a silver and bronze and that's it. It happens every year, but generally just in the less entered categories. When you've got 250 IPAs you're bound to find 3 great ones, but if there are only 12 Vienna Lagers entered and none of them are "to style" then you just don't award those medals.
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  38. hmich176

    hmich176 Initiate (165) Feb 17, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Would you score a beer a 9 if it were a 8?
  39. TDavEdMac

    TDavEdMac Initiate (0) May 6, 2013 Colorado

    Fair enough, and a good explanation, however 2 of the categories that didn't award a medal were Red Ales (89 entries) and Imperial Red Ales (56 entries). So American breweries aren't making quality reds that meet the judges expectations? Just seems like the top 3 should get an award regardless, but I guess I understand. Hard to think that out of that many entrants they couldn't throw another medal or two somewhere tho. Your example makes sense on the category that had 29 entries but red ales?
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  40. TDavEdMac

    TDavEdMac Initiate (0) May 6, 2013 Colorado

    89 red ales and they couldn't find a 9?
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