Monday, October 15, 2007

And the Winner Is...

Actually there were a lot of them at this years Great American Beer Festival! Here are some quick facts:

  • 25,000 gallons of beer flowed at the festival
  • 408 Breweries were on the festival floor (24 more than last year)
  • 1884 Different beers (230 more than last year!)
  • 473 Breweries in the competition proper (24 more than last year)
  • 2793 Beers were entered in the competition
  • 39,000 bottles and cans will be recycled
  • 84% of the total beer on the festival floor arrived in kegs
  • 75 Style Categories were judged
  • 107 judges from 7 different countries (4 more than last year)
  • 37 - average number of beers in each category (2 more than last year)
  • 120 entries for American Style IPA - the category with most entries
Here are the really big winners:

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Pabst Brewing Company, Woodridge, IL
Bob Newman

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Crosby & Baker Ltd.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, CA
Matthew Brynildson

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Microstar Keg Management
Port Brewing & The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
Tomme Arthur

Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
Redrock Brewing Company, Salt Lake City, UT
Kevin Templin

Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Montana Brewing Company, Billings, MT
Travis Zeilstra

Beer Journalism Award
During the GABF awards ceremony, journalists and distributors were also recognized for their important role in the craft beer industry. I was not one of those winners.

Colorado represented itself well.

Avery Brewing Co.Hog HeavenCOSilver Imperial or Double Red Ale
Blue Moon Brewing Co.Honey Moon Summer AleCOGold Specialty Honey Lager or Ale
Boulder Beer Co.Planet PorterCOBronze Robust Porter
Bristol Brewing Co.Laughing Lab Scottish AleCOSilver Scottish Style Ale
Bristol Brewing Co.Skull & Bones CuveeCOSilver American-Style Sour Ale or German-Style Sour Ale
CB & Pott's Restaurant & Brewery (Highlands Ranch)DunkelstilskenCOGold European Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel
CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing Co.Sigda's Green ChiliCOSilver Herb and Spice Beer
Coors Brewing Co.Coors LightCOBronze American Style Light Lager
Durango Brewing Co.Derail AleCOGold Other Strong Ale or Lager
Flying Dog BreweryOld Scratch Amber LagerCOBronze American Style Amber Lager
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.Dos RiosCOSilver Vienna Style Lager
Gunnison BrewerySummertime 69COGold Herb and Spice Beer
New Belgium Brewing Co.Le TerroirCOBronze American-Style Sour Ale or German-Style Sour Ale
New Belgium Brewing Co.Mothership Wit Organic Wheat BeerCOBronze Belgian-Style White (or Wit)/Belgian-Style Wheat
Odell Brewing Co.Easy Street WheatCOSilver American-Style Hefeweizen
Odell Brewing Co.Extra Special RedCOBronze Imperial or Double Red Ale
Odell Brewing Co.IPACOGold American-Style India Pale Ale
Pug Ryan's BreweryPallavicini PilsnerCOSilver Bohemian Style Pilsener
Rock Bottom Brewery - WestminsterRed Rocks RedCOGold Irish Style Red Ale
Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co.Warning SignCOSilver German Style Strong Bock
SandLot Brewery at Coors FieldGreen Side UpCOSilver Dortmunder/European Style Export or German-Style Oktoberfest/Wiesen (Meadow)
SandLot Brewery at Coors FieldMove BackCOGold Dortmunder/European Style Export or German-Style Oktoberfest/Wiesen (Meadow)
Steamworks Brewing Co.What in the Helles?COBronze Münchner (Munich) Style Helles
Steamworks Brewing Co.Steam Engine LagerCOGold American Style Amber Lager
Steamworks Brewing Co.Colorado KölschCOSilver German Style Kölsch/Köln Style Kölsch
Tommyknocker BreweryImperial Nut Brown AleCOBronze Old Ale or Strong Ale
Tommyknocker BreweryButthead BockCOBronze Bock
Tommyknocker BreweryProspector PorterCOSilver Brown Porter
Twisted Pine Brewing Co.Oak Whiskey RedCOGold Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer

To see how your favorite craft brewery did, or to find out how your state did as a whole, go here and check out the GABF's great, sortable medal listing feature.

Congrats to all the winners. I 'm making it my duty as an Honorary Beer Geek (and card carrying Church Beer Minister) to try each and every one of the medal winnings brews over the next year so I can spread the glorious word! Hey, a man has to have a dream ya know?!