Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Great American Beer Festival

The 2011 Great American Beer Festival Results are in!  There were 3,930 beers trying to win medals this year, so the competition was stiff to say the least. As much as I wanted to go, I just could not take the time off work to attend, so I lived vicariously through twitter and facebook feeds!  After all was said and done, Clevelanders should rejoice because some of our hometown breweries brought home some hardware!  Here are the categories where Ohio beers won a medal!

Category: 21 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer - 118 Entries (2nd Largest Category)
Gold: Melange a Trois, Nebraska Brewing Co., Papillion, NE
Silver: BBJ (Bourbon Barrel Johan), Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Bronze: Barrel Aged Naked Evil BBW, Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Co., Akron, OH

Category: 42 Baltic-Style Porter - 19 Entries
Gold: Battle Axe Baltic Porter, Fat Head’s Brewery, North Olmsted, OH
Silver: White Eagle Baltic Porter, Montana Brewing Co., Billings, MT
Bronze: Puddy Porter, Triple Rock Brewery and Alehouse, Berkeley, CA

Category: 51 American-Style India Pale Ale - 176 Entries (The Largest Category)
Gold: Elevated IPA, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM
Silver: Deviant Dale’s, Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO
Bronze: Head Hunter IPA, Fat Head’s Brewery, North Olmsted, OH

Category: 80 Imperial Stout - 56 Entries
Gold: BORIS The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout, Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Co., Akron, OH
Silver: Russian Imperial Stout, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Wilmington, DE
Bronze: IMOS, Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery, Atlanta, GA

As a Craft Beer Fan and a strong supporter of the Cleveland Craft Beer scene, it was refreshing to see local brews bringing home some very impressive medals.   I have had the pleasure of having Head Hunter (my favorite IPA on the planet), Battle Axe Baltic Porter (a true to style porter with great flavor), and BORIS the Crusher (also one of my favorite stouts on the planet)!  I'm sure next year our great city and state will be bringing home even more hardware. In the meantime, please go out and try these local brews if you have yet to try them.  Let me know what you think!  Cheers!

There were 83 total categories so if you are interested in seeing the whole list just Click Here.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you pointed this out Brad! Although these breweries are not new to OH, they are likely new to many, especially those who themselves have just started to enjoy craft beer. So many people (including consumers & establishment owners/buyers) blindly still hail Great Lakes as if it were the only craft beer offering in town. Yes Great Lakes makes great beer (many also previously award winning at GABF), but there is more out there & dare I say some may be as good or better (depending on the style & of course individual tastes). Announcements like this hopefully will encourage more people to step out of the Great Lakes cocoon this area often seems to be wrapped in & try some other great OH brews! Drinking local OH craft beer has never had more great options than right now!



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