Spirit Cruises January 2023 Leaderboard

Great American Beer Festival: Winners

by Drink Philly on Oct 3, 2011 in Beer
Great American Beer Festival: Winners

Over the weekend, the Brewers Association held their Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony. This year, the largest commercial beer competition in the world drew a record-setting 3,930 entries from 526 breweries in over 80 different beer styles. (A full list of the 248 gold, silver and bronze medals given out is available in PDF form here.) The winningest entrant overall was Sun King Brewing, which took home eight medals total, four of them golds. Check out some of the highlights, below.

Regional winners included the following:

Gold:

Weyerbacher Sixteen, for Specialty Honey Beer
Troegs Trogenator, for Bock

Silver:

Troegs Sunshine Pils, for German-Style Pilsener
Rock Bottom Nevermore Lager, for German-Style Schwarzbier
PBC St. Nik Brewer's Reserve, for German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbok
Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu, for Specialty Beer
Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout, for Imperial Stout

Bronze:

Erie Brewing Derailed Black Cherry Ale, for Fruit Beer
PBC Penn Dark, for European-Style Dunkel
Fegley's Arctic Alchemy, for Old Ale or Strong Ale
Dogfish Head Midas Touch, for Specialty Honey Beer
Iron Hill Grand Inquisitor, for Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
Iron Hill Vienna Red Lager, for Vienna-Style Lager
Stewart's Malbock, for Bock

In the coveted Brewery and Brewer of the Year segment, California cleaned up, scoring the golds for Mid-Size (Firestone Walker, Paso Robles), Small Brewpub (Pizza Port, San Diego), Large Brewpub (Pizza Port, Carlsbad) and Brewpub Group (TAPS Fish House, Brea). Washington State’s Chuckanut took home the award for Small Brewing Company and none other than Pabst (Woodridge, IL) walked away with first place for Large Brewing Co.

On to the actual brews. As it has been every year since 2001, the most competitive category was American IPA, which garnered 176 entries. Gold went to New Mexico’s La Cumbre Brewing for their Elevated IPA, a 7.2% ABV available only on tap, growler or cask. Oskar BluesDeviant Dale’s cans from Colorado took silver and Ohio’s Head Hunter IPA, from Fat Heads Brewery, took the bronze.

Barrel-Aged beer is an increasingly popular style, and out of 118 vying, Nebraska Brewing’s Melange a Trois took the win. Aged in French oak Chardonnay barrels, this bottle-conditioned 10% ABV Belgian-style ale is offered in half-liter cruets. Runners up were Sun King’s BBJ (Bourbon Barrel Johan, from Indianapolis) and Ohio’s Hoppin’ Frog, with Naked Evil BBW.

Four new styles were judged this year, including Fruit Wheat Beer (won by Chicago’s Cerveceria for 5 Lizard 5 Rabbit); Chocolate Beer (where Barley Brothers from Arizona scored tops); American Brett Ale – a tart, complex brew made with a new wild yeast (Maine’s Allagash took the gold with Confluence); and International Pale Ale – a medium-bodied, calmer IPA (Boulevard Pale Ale from Missouri came out a winner).

All in all, it was an impressive showing, with contestants coming from 48 states and Puerto Rico. How many of the winners have you tasted?

Photo via Flickr user BrightEyedMedia

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Inflation Hits PA Wine & Spirits with 4% Price Increase Across 3,500 Products

Inflation Hits PA Wine & Spirits with 4% Price Increase Across 3,500 Products

The PLCB, announced that a 4% price increase would go into effect on 3,554 of its most popular wine and spirit...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jan 9, 2023
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
The Philly Distiller Who Got Laid Off and Moved to Hawaii to Make Gin

The Philly Distiller Who Got Laid Off and Moved to Hawaii to Make Gin

In this segment we speak to Olivia Babiec, the former Philadelphia Distiller who moved to Hawaii to make gin...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jan 5, 2023
SPONSORED
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
Bars & Restaurants that Host Private Events in Philadelphia

Bars & Restaurants that Host Private Events in Philadelphia

Holidays, birthdays, weddings, or any private event - Philadelphia has you covered...read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 5, 2022
Where to Celebrate Philly Cider Week 2022, October 23-30

Where to Celebrate Philly Cider Week 2022, October 23-30

The fourth annual Philadelphia Cider Week is being celebrated from Sunday, October 23 through Sunday, October 30...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 21, 2022
Enjoy Fall Weather & PA Ciders in a Historic Setting at CiderFest, October 15 & 16

Enjoy Fall Weather & PA Ciders in a Historic Setting at CiderFest, October 15 & 16

Fall is here and what better way to celebrate than at CiderFest at the historic Woodford Mansion in Fairmount ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 13, 2022
WitchCraft: Halloween Themed Beer Fest in the Middle of the NJ Woods Returns October 14 & 15

WitchCraft: Halloween Themed Beer Fest in the Middle of the NJ Woods Returns October 14 & 15

The team behind the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival have conjured up a spellbinding event - WitchCraft - a...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 12, 2022
LMNO: An Inside Look at Their 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Cocktail Menu

LMNO: An Inside Look at Their 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Cocktail Menu

Fishtown has a new Baja Mexican destination for tequila and mezcal fans...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 14, 2022
Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

In this installment of Behind the Bar, we sit down with Barry Johnson, better known as "Bartender Barry" of Instagram and as cocktail catering special...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 9, 2022
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close