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Ice Fishing: The Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve

flying fish grand cru logo pic Ice Fishing: The Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter ReserveCourtesy of Billy’s Beer Blog

By Billy Zavorskas

While we’ve had beautiful weather in Florida for the last month or so, and Spring is at least making a cameo in the Northeast, much of the country is still mired in ice and snow. For those of you still dealing with Old Man Winter, I’d like to suggest a winter warmer.

Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve (Flying Fish Brewing Co.; Cherry Hill, NJ; Belgian Strong Pale Ale; ABV: 7.2) is a nice seasonal winter beer. Golden in color, it’s fermented at a high temperature to give it a fruity feeling, although the ale actually contains no fruit. The fruity undercurrent is complimented by notes of breaded malt, honey, and spicy hops with with a crisp clean finish.

I recommend Grand Cru Winter Reserve hook, line, and sinker.

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The March Madness Beer Championship Tournament Bracket!

march madness 2011 The March Madness Beer Championship Tournament Bracket!Click the Link Below to Download Your 2011 March Madness Tournament Bracket Now…

By Team Goldmine

Introducing the inaugural Whiskey Goldmine March Madness Beer Tournament Bracket Championship!  64 of the world’s best beers have been chosen and will go head to head in our March Madness Bracket Style tournament.  It’s win or go home in one of the greatest all style all flavor taste tests ever created.  In order to advance, the beers will have to win multiple taste tests in each round, sometimes blind and double blind taste tests.  From the first two rounds, to the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, the Final Four and to the Championship Game, the March Madness Tournament winner will be declared the 2011 Beer of Champion!  Download your 2011 Tournament Bracket now! 

 Click the link below to view the bracket. (Don’t be afraid to zoom in.)

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2011 March Madness Beer Championship Tournament Bracket.

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The 2011 March Madness Championship Beer Rankings!

March Madness Beer Championship Update

Introducing Our 64 Beer March Madness Tournament!

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The Top 10 Beers at the Beats, Brews & BBQ Beerfest: Hoppin Frog Borris the Crusher, Weyerbacher Heresy, Founders Dirty Bastard, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and more…

brews beers beats bbq beer circle The Top 10 Beers at the Beats, Brews & BBQ Beerfest: Hoppin Frog Borris the Crusher, Weyerbacher Heresy, Founders Dirty Bastard, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and more…Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Borris Oatmeal Imperial Stout the Show!

By Matt Goldstein & Kevin Hussey 

The 2011 Beats, Brews & BBQ beer fest at the World Café Live in Philadelphia had over 35 brewers with more than 100 beers and tickets sold out months before the beer fest opened its doors.  With more than 100 beers trying to stake their claim at the 2011 beerfest, our panel of tasters provides you with the top 10 craft beers that crushed the competition.  Speaking of crushed, Hoppin Frogs Borris the Crusher stole the show!    

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Hoppin Frog BORIS oak aged The Top 10 Beers at the Beats, Brews & BBQ Beerfest: Hoppin Frog Borris the Crusher, Weyerbacher Heresy, Founders Dirty Bastard, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and more…1. Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Borris Oatmeal Imperial Stout: 

Made from the 2008 Gold Medalist at the GABF, Borris the Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout, the barrel aged version is a masterpiece in cask matured stouts.  Full bodied, robust, roasted and smoky, with notes of oak and vanilla, the Barrel Aged Borris is complex and full of character.  9.4% ABV, 60 IBU.  Hoppin Frog Brewing.  Akron, Ohio.

     

2. Weyerbacher Heresy Imperial Stout:

The Heresy is an old heathen oak aged imperial stout.  Aged in bourbon oak barrels with a roasted flavor, the Heresy has notes of bourbon, oak, corn, vanilla, and coffee.  8.5% ABV, Weyerbacher Brewing.  Easton, PA.   

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founders dirty bastard The Top 10 Beers at the Beats, Brews & BBQ Beerfest: Hoppin Frog Borris the Crusher, Weyerbacher Heresy, Founders Dirty Bastard, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and more…3. Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale:

The Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, also known as an old ale, is brewed with 7 different types of malts.  Ruby Red in color, with strong notes of hops, hints of smoke and peat, the Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale is a classic.  8.5% ABV, Founders Brewing Co.  Michigan.   

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4. Victory Old Horizontal Barley Wine:

The Victory Barley Wine is rich in hops with a sweet flavor that balances very well.  With imported 2 row hops malts and American whole flower hops, the Old Horizontal is perfectly balanced.  10.5% ABV.  Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA.

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5. Six Points Sehr Crisp Pilsner

With all the IPA’s and Imperial Stouts at every beer fest, the Six Point Sehr Crisp Pilsner was a refreshing session beer and strongly lived up to the Pilsner style.  According to Beer Advocate, the Sehr Crisp Pilsner is a cross between a German Pilsner and a Bohemian Pilsner and blended with German hops.  5.4% ABV.  Six Point Brewing Company.  Brooklyn, NY. 

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bear republic hop rod rye 300x199 The Top 10 Beers at the Beats, Brews & BBQ Beerfest: Hoppin Frog Borris the Crusher, Weyerbacher Heresy, Founders Dirty Bastard, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and more…6.  Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye:

The Hop Rod Rye has been a staple of Bear Republic for years and years, winning three separate gold medals in craft beer competitions.  The Racer 5 and Rocket Red are already legendary Bear Republic Brews, but the Hop Rod Rye is just as good.  The Hop Rod Rye is an IPA with a heavy rye malt base, but also a spicy kick and bitterness that add a beautiful complexity to the hops.  8.0% ABV, 80 IBUs.  Bear Republic Brewing Co. Healdsburg, CA.    

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7.  Yards Chocolate Love Stout:

The Yards Chocolate Love Stout is a sweet and sultry full bodied chocolate stout with a beautiful roasted malt flavor.  The Chocolate Love is brewed with oysters in a kettle.  Oysters?  WTF!  5.5% ABV.  Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia, PA. 

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8.  Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Dorris the Destoyer Double Oatmeal Imperial Stout: 

Some of our tasters at the beer fest thought the Dorris Destroyer might have been better than Barrel Aged Borris and for good reason.  This Double Imperial Oatmeal Stout is similar to the Borris but a little more tangy.  Dry hopped and wort hopped, Dorris the Destroyer will smack you right in your mouth.  10.5% ABV, 70 IBUs.   Hoppin Frog Brewing Co.  Akron, Ohio.

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LEFT HAND FADE TO BLACK1 The Top 10 Beers at the Beats, Brews & BBQ Beerfest: Hoppin Frog Borris the Crusher, Weyerbacher Heresy, Founders Dirty Bastard, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and more…9.  Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 2 Baltic Porter:

The Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 2 is a flat lout smoke monster.  Made with 2-Row malts, Smoked Munich (smoked with Hackberry) malts, Malted Rye, Cara Aroma, Chocolate, Carafa, Special II, Carafa III and Magnum and Northern Brewer hops, the medium to full bodied porter stood out from all other porters at the beer fest. 

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10.  Dogfish Head Red & White Belgian Style Wit Ale:

The Red & White Belgian Style Wit Ale is an easy drinking Belgian ale “brewed with coriander and orange peel and fermented with Pinot Noir juice.”  WOW!  Dogfish Head will try anything.  The Red & White Ale is then aged in Oak tanks.  An Oak tank?  That’s first we’ve heard of that.  It certainly sounds better than being aged in a metal vat, but can’t possibly provide the character of an oak barrel.  Either way, the Red & White is a fabulous Belgian Wit.  10.0% ABV, 35 IBU.  Dogfish Head Brewing.  Rehobeth Beach, DE. 

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Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA

Raging Bitch flying dog belgian style ipa pic 111 300x210 Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPAThe 20th Anniversary Brew by Flying Dog is an Absolute Must Try!

By Matt Goldstein

The Raging Bitch is an American IPA augmented with Belgian yeast.  With Warrior, Columbus, Amarillo hops and El Diablo Belgian Yeast, the Raging Bitch is then dry hopped with Amarillo.  Having great Belgian malts with a hop kick and delicate hop bitterness, at 8.3% ABV and 60 IBU’s, this bitch is dangerously drinkable.  It’s perfectly balanced.  The Raging Bitch is a MUST TRY!!!   The Flying Dog Raging Bitch Strong cheese (sharp or blue), Spicy Thai, Dark Chocolates or anything rich, hot and sassy!  It doesn’t really matter what you try the Raging Bitch with, just as long as you try it…

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

 

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The Corsendonk Abbey Tripel Belgian Ale

corsendonk bier pic 290x300 The Corsendonk Abbey Tripel Belgian AleA Top 5 Tripel!

By Matt Goldstein

The Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale Tripel is brewed by Corsendonk Monks in a brewery dates back to at least the early 1600’s, maybe earlier.  The monks, originally from Switzerland, were also well known for their book making and copying.  The Corsendonk Abbey Tripel from Belgium is a thick golden color, murky and white almost like a Belgian white or witbier.  The head is very thick and sticky with a very light citrus scent.  Having a bit of hops, the tripel fermented malts and herbal notes make for a complex Belgian Tripel.  Crisp, but not too carbonated, the Corsendonk Abbey Tripel has an understated hoppy aftertaste.  This is an exceptional Belgian Tripel!  Our only regret about drinking the Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale is realizing that we should have selected it for our Belgian Tripel Trials!  The Corsendonk Abbey Tripels is a top 5 Tripel easy.  .

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

 

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The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…

westmalle monk drinking beer pic The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…International Showdown: North America Destroys Belgium in a Double Blind Taste Test

By Don Corino, Pat Smith, Kevin Hussey, Howard Goldstein, John Morina, Steve Sharkey, Tim Rodgers & Matt Goldstein

The Belgian Tripel Trials were an international showdown between Belgian Tripel Ales and North American Belgian style Tripels.  A Belgian Tripel, or sometimes Triple, can also be described as a strong pale ale.  Tripel is a style that was created by Trappist Monks before WWII in which 3 times the amount of malt is used in the brewing process as compared to a standard Belgian or Trappist Ale.  Many Belgian monastery’s support themselves and their religious studies through brewing beer and making cheese.  These quiet and religious men who dawn themselves in maroon robes and rope belts have proven to be some of the best brewers in the world.  With about 8-10% ABV per beer, the Trappist Tripel style brews are usually thick and gold in color, slightly sweet and bitter with a complex finish.  All of the beers competing in the double blind taste test were Belgian Tripel styles except for the Trappist Rocherfort 8, which is actually a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.  (We like to throw in a curve ball or two.) 

westmalle trappist tripel pic 300x225 The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…The beers competing were as follows:  Allagash Tripel, Victory Golden Monkey, Westmalle Trappist Tripel, Chimay White Tripel, Maredsous Tripel, Trappist Rochefort 8, Kasteel Tripel, Flying Fish Exit Four American Tripel, La Fin Du Monde, Sly Fox Incubus Tripel and Weyerbacher Merry Monks.  After the scoring was tallied, it became apparent that North America crushed Belgium!  It wasn’t even close!  The beers were judged by scent, color, flavor, finish, bite and aftertaste.  Has North America perfected the style created by Belgian Trappist Monks?  The numbers don’t lie.  Editors Note:  For those who will argue that North American Beers had an advantage because they were fresher, that arguement doesn’t hold up with Belgian Tripels.  The high alcohol content and the fermentation style in Tripels create an excellent beer for bottle aging and conditioning and many of the beers we sampled were exactly that, bottle aged and conditioned.  Freshly bottled beer is not necessarily the best way to serve a Trappist style Tripel.  Some of these beers get better after being shelved for a year or two.  Despite all of that, real champions rise to the occasion…  The Belgian Tripel Trials had 10 different tasters and were scored as follows:                

flying fish logo pic 300x300 The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…1.  The Flying Fish Exit 4 American Tripel:

The Exit 4 is our 2010 Belgian Tripel champion!   The Exit Four flavor was sweet, bitter, and floral with notes of hops.  This bottle conditioned ale has a perfect balance of malts and hops with a complex finish and great bite.  The Flying Fish Exit 4 American Tripel is simply one of the best beers in the world.  Flying Fish Exit 4 was winner of a Gold Medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival and named by Mens Journal as best Belgian beer brewed in America for 2009.  Flying Fish also performed extremely well in our Oktoberfest contest with the Oktoberfish finishing in the top 5 out of 25.  Brewing since 1995 in Cherry Hill NJ, the Flying Fish Brewery is one of the best in the world and often overlooked in the recent craft beer craze.  Food pairing suggestions for the Exit 4 are fish, roasted vegetables, shrimp, and strong cheeses.    

2.  La Fin Du Monde Tripel:

 La Fin Du Monde performed extremely well in the Belgian Tripel Trials.  In fact, the La Fin Du Monde was very close to the Flying Fish in scoring and completely separated itself from the rest of the pack.  The La Fin Du Monde Tripel is a phenomenal beer.  It’s sweet with hints of wheat, fruit, spice notes and a good head with a slightly bitter finish.  The bottle describes the beer as being brewed with triple fermentation and is brewed in Quebec Canada and bottled at 9.0% ABV.  La Fin Du Monde actually translates to the “end of the world.”  If the world was actually ending and La Fin Du Monde was your last beer, it would be a pretty damn good ending.   

sly fox incubus pic 300x150 The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…3.  The Sly Fox Incubus Tripel:

The Incubus is an excellent Trappist style brewed with German Pilsner malt and invert sugar.  Light in color and citrus notes, with 39 IBU’s and 10.3% ABV, this American Tripel easily beat out all of the classic Belgians it went up against.  Sly Fox is brewed in Phoenixville PA and is well known for their Pikeland Pils and Route 113 IPA.  Sly Fox is also one of the best canned beer brewers in the world. 

4.  The Victory Golden Monkey:

The Golden Monkey is brewed with German 2 row malts, European whole flower Hops, and imported Belgian yeast.  At 9.5% ABV, the Victory Golden Monkey is light gold in color with notes of honey, wheat and oak.  Milky and a bit sour with a good dry finish, the Golden Money is a little light on carbonation.  Golden Monkey and Victory brewing are an American staple in craft beer and brewed in Downingtown, PA.       

5.  Westmalle Trappiste Tripel:

 The Westmalle is considered by many as the quintessential Belgian Trappist Tripel!  The Westmalle Tripel is a cloudy and murky yellow color, with notes of citrus and oak. With a great mouth feel and a dry, light finish the Westmalle is a little light on carbonation and aftertaste.  The Westmalle Trappist Tripel is a classic Belgian ale!  At 9.5% ABV, the taste of the Westmalle Trappist Tripel can actually vary depending on bottle size and glassware according to the brewers.  The Westmalle Trappist Monastery in Belgium has been brewing beer since 1836 and the Westmalle Tripel has been brewed since 1934 with the same recipe since 1956.   

6.  The Kasteel Belgian Tripel:

The Kasteel is a top fermented ale and then re-fermented in the bottle.  Yellow in color with little head but great carbonation, the Kasteel Tripel is lighter in color than the other Belgians.  With notes of wheat and flavor like a fine wine, the crisp bite and bitterness make this a great Belgian Tripel that can hang with some of the best beers in the world. 

rochefort monk pic 300x180 The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…7.  The Allagash Tripel:

The Allagash is a murky cloudy yellow, light in body with notes of wheat with coriander spice.  Dry and bitter with good head, this Allagash is pound for pound much better than the infamous Allagash White!  According to the Allagash brewery, the Tripel is great when paired with crab cakes or an assertive cheese such as Roquefort or Stilton. The Tripel is particularly delightful with asparagus. Is also the perfect accompaniment to a fruit dessert or wonderful on its own as a digestif.    

8.  Trappistes Rochefort 8:

The Rochefort 8 was our curveball in the contest.  We wanted to see how the flavor of the Belgian Strong Dark Ale stacked up against the golden colored Belgian Strong Pale Ale Tripels; and the Rochefort did not disappoint.  The Trappistes Rochefort 8 is very malty with good head and heavy sediment.  Smooth, with notes of caramel, espresso, coffee, good carbonation and light hops, the Rochefort 8 also has a light scent.  The Rochefort 8 is the largest selling beer from the Rochefort brewery.  Brewed by Cistercian Trappist Monks, the men are described as those “who leave everything behind to live with God and in that way open the eyes for the Resurrection of the Lord.” 

9.  The Maredsous 10 Tripel:

The Maredsous has scents of fruit and a very sweet flavor with notes of fruit, lemon, cherry, good carbonation and little head.  At 10% ABV the Maredsous Tripel is brewed in Belgium by the world famous Duvel Company.  Duvel also brews the critically acclaimed Ommegang in the U.S..          

chimay white tripel cinq cents 260x300 The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…10.  Chimay White Cinq Cents Tripel Ale:

 Chimay is one of the most famous Belgian beers in the world.  Chimay’s three staple beers, the Blue Reserve, the Red Premiere and the White Cinq Cents Tripel put Belgian beer on the map.  The Chimay White Tripel is a top fermented Trappist ale.  The White Cinq Cents has good head, with a clear brown light cloudy color.  Bitter and dry with a light toasted malt flavor and a scent of hops, there is a touch of fruit in the finish.  The Cistercian Trappist monks of Chimay have been developing the production of Trappist beers and cheeses since 1862 at the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Scourmont Monastery.      

11.  The Weyerbacher Merry Monks:

Merry Monks is a bottle conditioned Abby Tripel.  Brewed with Pilsner malts and Belgian yeasts, the Merry Monks is bottled at 9.3% ABV.  This Weyerbacher is sweet with notes of bubble gum and then a sweet aftertaste.  Even though Weyerbacher finished last in our double blind taste test, we’ve tasted it many times before and it is certainly a fabulous beer.  If you’re looking for more bang to your buck, the Merry Monks might be a better choice than some of the more expensive beers on our list.  Weyerbacher is brewed in Easton PA, home of the Easton Assassin and former heavyweight champion, Larry Holmes.    

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We’d like to give a special thanks to our beer wenches, Sari Abrahamson, Elizabeth Corino and Carolynn Chapman.  Without our very dedicated beer wenches, the Belgian Tripel Trials would not have been possible.

Editors Note:  Beers were selected on the basis of availability….

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March Madness Beer Championship Update

march madness 300x190 March Madness Beer Championship UpdateThe 64 Beer Tournament 

By Tim Rodgers

Over the next couple of weeks, your favorite college basketball squad will be launching their 2010-2011 Midnight Madness season kickoff with hopes that they will be cutting the nets down in Houston Texas.  During this time, your favorite beer will be hoping that they will also make the cut and qualify for our 64 beer March Madness tournament of champions.  We will be cutting the competition from a field of 600 down to 64. 

As the season goes on, bottle openers start to get dull, livers get saturated, So we must persevere and widdle down to find the greatest beer ever!

Whiskey Goldmine’s group of beer experts, sommelier’s, stewards, flunkies, college and high school buddies, wives and girlfriends alike will be working tirelessly to taste and judge the champion of a 64 beer blind taste test tournament to bring home the proverbial bacon come March.  So when you get ready to watch the Final Four from Houston Texas come late in March, you can also root for and drink your favorite beer as well.  (We need something to ease the pain of having to listen to Billy Packer for a month)

We have narrowed down the art of beer into regions and categories and the best ones from each will have a chance to compete come March.  The top 2 beers in each category that we have selected will get an automatic bid and the rest will be chosen “at large” by our esteemed committee of beer experts.

So far here are the beers that have qualified thus far:

Mexican Beer Category

Bohemia

Negra Modela

Begian White Ales/Whitbier

Blanche de Bruxelles

Hoegaarden

Beers in a Can

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

Phoenix Pale Ale

Pilsner

Pill-Zilla

Prima Pils

Stout

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

Founders Breakfast Stout

  

Belgian Ales

La Fin Du Monde

Chimay Blue Grand Reserve

Oktoberfest

Ayinger Oktoberfest

Beck’s Oktoberfest

Hacker Pschorr

Pale Ale

Alaskan Amber

Alesmith Anvill ESB

So harvest your hops and man up because champions rise to the occasion!

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The March Madness Beer Championship Tournament Bracket!

The 2011 March Madness Championship Beer Rankings!

March Madness Beer Championship Update

Introducing Our 64 Beer March Madness Tournament!

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

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Port / Lost Abbey Brewing featuring Shark Attack, Old Viscosity, Judgment Day, Devastation Ale & Hop 15

port brewing logo 300x300 Port / Lost Abbey Brewing featuring Shark Attack, Old Viscosity, Judgment Day, Devastation Ale & Hop 15By Matt Goldstein and Tim Rodgers

Port/Lost Abbey brewing is hands down one of the best breweries in the world.  Their wide array of beers and styles continue to prove themselves year after year and award after award.  From their year round beers like the Wipe Out IPA, to the seasonal beers such as Satna’s Little Helper, Witches Wit and High Tide IPA.  So we decided to review every Port/Lost Abbey beer we could get our hands on.   

Shark Attack Double Red Ale, 9.0% ABV, Port Brewing Company. 

The Shark Attack Double Red Ale has strong hoppy and malty characters with peppery spice notes and a smooth finish.  Great American Amber… 

Old Viscosity Ale, 10.0% Port Brewing Company. 

The Old Viscosity has the scent of a porter but the taste of a stout.  The bottle even boasts to tease the drinker by refusing to reveal whether it’s a stout or a porter.  It certainly worked because we argued about it for more than a half hour.  The Old Viscosity has chocolate and spice notes and is super smooth for a porter but excellent for a stout as well.  This imperial porter stout is a flat out A plus. 

Judgment Day, 10.5% ABV, The Lost Abbey. 

The Judgment Day Quadrupel Belgian has a sweet Belgian nose and a sweet flavor.  Dark brown and purple in color, the Judgment Day light on carbonation and lacks bite but is still full flavored with a unique mouth feel.        

lost abbey web 1024x580 300x169 Port / Lost Abbey Brewing featuring Shark Attack, Old Viscosity, Judgment Day, Devastation Ale & Hop 15Devotion Ale, 6.25% ABV, The Lost Abbey. 

The Devotion Belgian Pale Ale is intense on flavor with a little kick.  It’s also light but has good bite and good carbonation.  It has notes of malt and fruit but is a little too light for a Belgian Pale Ale. 

Hop-15 Ale, 10.0% ABV, Port Brewing Company. 

The Hop-15 Ale is a sour but subtle in hoppiness for a double IPA.  Although it’s not too flowery, which we love, there is little carbonation, almost like a Harpoon.  The Hop-15 is sweet, malty, and robust with a perfect character of hops.    

 Wipe Out IPA, 7.0% ABV, Port Brewing.

The Wipe Out San Diego Style I.P.A. struck us as perfect balance of hops.  The combination of the Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe hops is brilliant.  It was quite possibly the best beer we’ve ever drank. 

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

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The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

oskar blues new group shot 150 dpi 2 15 08 300x225 The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Youngs Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st AmendmentOskar Blues and Slyfox are Running the Show!

By Jeremy Thomson, Tom Pittakas, Pat Smith, Paul Reiter, Tim Rodgers and Matt Goldstein  

Over the last few years, there has been a serious trend towards beer in a can and Oskar Blues and Slyfox are running the show.  Oskar Blues and Slyfox don’t just make 1 good beer in a can; they each make 4 or 5 great beers in a can.  As well, you have to admit, the draught can like Young’s Double Chocolate and Guinness is pretty damn cool.  Just admit it.  You know you love beer in a draught can!  

 1.  Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV, Lyons CO.

2.  Slyfox Phoenix Pale Ale, 5.1% ABV, Phoenixville, PA.

3.  Maui Coconut Porter, 5.7% ABV, Lahaina, HI.

4.  Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV, Lyons, CO. 

5.  Slyfox Pikeland Pils, 4.9% ABV, Slyfox Brewing Company, Phoenixville, PA.

6.  Oskar Blues Mamma’s Little Yella Pils, 5.3% ABV, Lyons CO.

7.  Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, 5.2% ABV, England. 

8.  21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, 4.9% ABV, San Francisco. 

9.  Slyfox Route 113 IPA, 7.0%, Phoenixville, PA.

SlyFoxCans FP 300x199 The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Youngs Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment10.  Caldera Ashland Amber, 6.1% ABV, Ashland, OR.

11.  Slyfox Oktoberfest, 5.8% ABV, Phoenixville PA.

12.  Oskar Blue’s Gordon Imperial IPA, 8.7% ABV, Lyons, CO. 

13.  Caldera IPA, 6.1% ABV, Ashland, OR. 

14.  Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA, 10% ABV, Lyons, CO. 

15.  Oskar Blues Old Chub Scottish Ale, 8.0% ABV, Lyons, CO. 

16.  21st Amendment Brew Free or Die, 7.0% ABV, San Francisco, CA

17.  Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, 5.8% ABV, Boonville, CA. 

18.  Boddington’s Pub Ale, 4.7% ABV, United Kingdom. 

guinness can 250 redesigned 128x300 The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Youngs Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment19.  Guinness Draught Irish Stout, 4.2% ABV, Ireland. 

20.  Red Racer Lager, 5.0% ABV, Canada.

21.  Lancaster Kolsch, 4.8% ABV, Lancaster, PA. 

22.  Red Racer Pale Ale, 5.0% ABV, Canada.

23.  Wittekerke Witbier, 5.0% ABV, Belgium.

24.  Slyfox Royal Weisse Ale, 5.4% ABV, Phoenixville, PA.  

25.  Slyfox Dunkel Lager, 5.3% ABV, Phoenixville, PA. 

26.  Narragansett Fest Lager, 5.5% ABV, Rochester, NY. 

27.  Heineken Lager, 5.0% ABV, Netherlands. 

28.  New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale, 5.2% ABV, Fort Collins, CO.

29.  Yuengling Lager, 4.4% ABV, Pottsville, PA. 

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

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The Great American Beer Festival Award Winners

gabf 2010 logo 300x88 The Great American Beer Festival Award Winners2010 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards:

Compiled By Matt Goldstein

The annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver Colorado had over 3500 entries this year and was completely sold out 5 weeks in advance.  The GABF is a 3 day event held by the Brewers Association with over 100 beer judges and 500 breweries.  The 2010 GABF went from Thursday the 16th through Saturday the 18th.  The original GABF in 1982 only had 22 breweries.            

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Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Blue Moon Brewing Company, Denver, CO

Dr. David Ryder

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Crosby & Baker Ltd.

Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT

UBC Brewers

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Microstar Keg Management

Mad River Brewing Company, Blue Lake, CA

Mad River Brewing Company

Brewpub Group and Brewpub Group Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Country Malt Group

TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Brea, CA

Victor Novak

Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group

Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Pizza Port Brew Guys

Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.

Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA

Noah Regnery

Category: 1 American-Style Wheat Beer – 23 Entries

Gold: Sandy Bottom, Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, VA

Silver: Shredders Wheat, Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Baker City, OR

Bronze: County Seat Wheat, Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka, KS

Category: 2 American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast – 43 Entries

Gold: Point Horizon Wheat, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI

Silver: American Hefeweizen, Flat Branch Pub and Brewery, Columbia, MO

Bronze: Hefeweizen, Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category: 3 Fruit Beer – 75 Entries

Gold: Chardonnay Blonde, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Silver: Apricot Ale, Pyramid Breweries, Seattle, WA

Bronze: Raspberry Tart, New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, WI

Category: 4 Field Beer – 28 Entries

Gold: Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale, Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Co., Akron, OH

Silver: Dark o’ the Moon, Elysian Brewing Co., Seattle, WA

Bronze: Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Easton, PA

Category: 5 Herb and Spice or Chocolate Beer – 91 Entries

Gold: Rosemary Swamp Fox, Moon River Brewing Co., Savannah, GA

Silver: Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle, Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, CA

Bronze: Super Chili Pepper Madness, Mad River Brewing Co., Blue Lake, CA

Category: 6 Coffee Flavored Beer – 52 Entries

Gold: Baltic Coffee, Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA

Silver: Coffee Monster, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Bronze: Big Shot Espresso Stout, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder, CO

Category: 7 Specialty Beer – 23 Entries

Gold: Belipago, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Dexter, MI

Silver: Coconut Porter, Pagosa Brewing Co., Pagosa Springs, CO

Bronze: Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Rogue Ales, Newport, OR

Category: 8 Rye Beer – 32 Entries

Gold: BMB Rye IPA, Black Market Brewing Co., Temecula, CA

Silver: Portsmouth Brewery Rye Not, Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

Bronze: Roggenbier, Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg, CA

Category: 9 Specialty Honey Beer – 24 Entries

Gold: Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat Ale, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Silver: Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale, Back Forty Beer Co., Gadsden, AL

Bronze: Samuel Adams Honey Porter, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA

Category: 10 Session Beer – 30 Entries

Gold: Squatters Wit, Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT

Silver: Endurance IPA Jr., Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Bronze: King’s Peak Porter, Uinta Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT

Category: 11 Other Strong Beer – 48 Entries

Gold: Sierra 30 Jack and Ken’s Ale, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA

Silver: Panzer Pilsner, Port Brewing Co., San Marcos, CA

Bronze: Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, WA

Category: 12 Experimental Beer – 43 Entries

Gold: Key Lime Pie, Short’s Brewing Co., Bellaire, MI

Silver: Estate Homegrown Ale, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA

Bronze: Wild Lemon Wheat, Great Basin Brewing Co., Sparks, NV

Category: 13 Out of Category – Traditionally Brewed Beer – 66 Entries

Gold: Fathom IPL, Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Silver: Mötley Brüe RyePA, Four Peaks Brewing Co., Tempe, AZ

Bronze: Hot Rocks Lager, Port Brewing Co., San Marcos, CA

Category: 14 Gluten Free Beer – 13 Entries

Gold: Celia Pale Ale, The Alchemist, Waterbury, VT

Silver: Gluten Free, Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR

Bronze: 3R Raspberry Ale, New Planet Beer Co., Boulder, CO

Category: 15 American-Belgo-Style Ale – 47 Entries

Gold: Ryevalry, Bear Republic Factory Five, Cloverdale, CA

Silver: Simcoe Silly, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Warren, MI

Bronze: Pete’s Support Belgian IPA, FireHouse Grill & Brewery, Sunnyvale, CA

Category: 16 American-Style Sour Ale – 39 Entries

Gold: Brute, Ithaca Beer Co., Ithaca, NY

Silver: Eric’s Ale, New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO

Bronze: Red Poppy, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA

Category: 17 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer – 32 Entries

Gold: Velvet Merkin (100% Barrel Aged), Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Silver: Humidor India Pale Ale, Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL

Bronze: Bluegrass Brown, Thunder Canyon Brewery, Tucson, AZ

Category: 18 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer – 77 Entries

Gold: Barrel Aged Big Island, Island Brewing Co., Carpinteria, CA

Silver: HE’BREW RIPA on RYE, Shmaltz Brewing Co., San Francisco, CA

Bronze: Melange a Trois, Nebraska Brewing Co., Papillion, NE

Category: 19 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout – 34 Entries

Gold: Bourbon Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem, NC

Silver: Remy, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Brea, CA

Bronze: Bourbon County Brand Stout, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL

Category: 20 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 54 Entries

Gold: Le Serpent Cerise, Snake River Brewing, Jackson, WY

Silver: Temptation, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA

Bronze: The Jaspers, Bullfrog Brewery, Williamsport, PA

Category: 21 Aged Beer – 30 Entries

Gold: John Barleycorn Barleywine ‘06, Mad River Brewing Co., Blue Lake, CA

Silver: Cherry Baltic, Bend Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Bronze: Bell’s Expedition Stout, 1995, Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Galesburg, MI

Category: 22 Kellerbier/Zwickelbier – 24 Entries

Gold: Kolsch, Hale’s Ales, Seattle, WA

Silver: Kellerbier, Triumph Brewing Co. of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Bronze: Summer Teeth, Columbus Brewing Co., Columbus, OH

Category: 23 Smoked Beer – 38 Entries

Gold: Alaskan Smoked Porter 2009, Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK

Silver: Yazoo SUE, Yazoo Brewing Co., Nashville, TN

Bronze: Gordon Biersch Rauchbier, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Chattanooga, TN

Category: 24 American-Style or International-Style Pilsener – 27 Entries

Gold: Gold Leaf Lager, Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA

Silver: Random Luck, The Sandlot, Denver, CO

Bronze: Gold Country Pilsner, Auburn Alehouse, Auburn, CA

Category: 25 German-Style Pilsener – 48 Entries

Gold: Trumer Pils, Trumer Brauerei Berkeley, San Antonio, TX

Silver: German Pilsner, AC Golden, Golden, CO

Bronze: Chuckanut Pilsner, Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA

Category: 26 Bohemian-Style Pilsener – 42 Entries

Gold: Boathouse Pilsner, Titletown Brewing Co., Green Bay, WI

Silver: Golden Pilsner, Morgan Street Brewery, St. Louis, MO

Bronze: Bridge Creek Pilsner, Silver Moon Brewing, Bend, OR

Category: 27 Munich-Style Helles – 42 Entries

Gold: What in the Helles?, Steamworks Brewing Co, Durango, CO

Silver: Longboard Island Lager, Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona, HI

Bronze: Cowboy Lager, The Covey Restaurant & Brewery, Fort Worth, TX

Category: 28 Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest – 21 Entries

Gold: Summerbrau, Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT

Silver: Noble Stuff Export, Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO

Bronze: Rolling Thunder Dortmunder, Snake River Brewing, Jackson, WY

Category: 29 American-Style Lager or Light Lager – 53 Entries

Gold: Miller Lite, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI

Silver: Old Milwaukee, Pabst Brewing Co., Woodridge, IL

Bronze: Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI

Category: 30 American-Style Specialty Lager or Cream Ale – 42 Entries

Gold: Hamm’s, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI

Silver: Rainier, Pabst Brewing Co., Woodridge, IL

Bronze: Old Style, Pabst Brewing Co., Woodridge, IL

Category: 31 Vienna-Style Lager – 35 Entries

Gold: Chuckanut Vienna Lager, Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA

Silver: Clueless Beer Writer, The Sandlot, Denver, CO

Bronze: Heavy Seas Marzen, Clipper City Brewing Co., Baltimore, MD

Category: 32 German-Style Märzen – 41 Entries

Gold: Flor Hosen, The Sandlot, Denver, CO

Silver: Oh! Fest!, Schooner’s Grille & Brewery, Antioch, CA

Bronze: Munsterfest, Three Floyds Brewing Co, LLC, Munster, IN

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Category: 33 American-Style Amber Lager – 39 Entries

Gold: Manana, Del Norte Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Silver: Schell’s Oktoberfest, August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, MN

Bronze: Foothills Oktoberfest, Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem, NC

Category: 34 European-Style Dunkel – 19 Entries

Gold: Dunkel, AC Golden, Golden, CO

Silver: Dunkel Lager, Triumph Brewing Co. of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Bronze: Dark Side Lager, C.B. Potts Restaurant & Brewery (Fort Collins), Fort Collins, CO

Category: 35 American-Style Dark Lager – 20 Entries

Gold: Michelob AmberBock, Michelob Brewing Co., St. Louis, MO

Bronze: Schwarzbier, AC Golden, Golden, CO

Category: 36 German-Style Schwarzbier – 31 Entries

Gold: Redrock Black Bier, Redrock Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT

Silver: Annie Schwarz, Haverhill Brewery, Haverhill, MA

Bronze: TAPS Schwarzbier, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Brea, CA

Category: 37 Bock – 36 Entries

Gold: Hellats Good Beer, Pug Ryans Brewery, Dillon, CO

Silver: Troegenator, Troegs Brewery, Harrisburg, PA

Bronze: Maibock, Ram Restaurant & Brewery – Salem, Salem, OR

Category: 38 German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock – 25 Entries

Gold: Carbonator, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs, CO

Silver: Gordon Biersch Eisbock, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Chattanooga, TN

Bronze: Dominator Dopplebock, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Category: 39 Baltic-Style Porter – 21 Entries

Gold: 3 Dog Night, Chama River Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM

Silver: Collaborative Evil – Triple Rock, Triple Rock Brewery and Alehouse, Berkeley, CA

Bronze: Reverend Potter’s Baltic Porter, The Prodigal Brewery, Effingham, NH

Category: 40 Golden or Blonde Ale – 55 Entries

Gold: Kiwanda Cream Ale, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR

Silver: Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, Mad River Brewing Co., Blue Lake, CA

Bronze: Heavy Seas Gold Ale, Clipper City Brewing Co., Baltimore, MD

Category: 41 German-Style Kölsch – 46 Entries

Gold: Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower Beer, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX

Silver: Colorado Kolsch, Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango, CO

Bronze: Kolsch 151, Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, VA

Category: 42 English-Style Summer Ale – 35 Entries

Gold: 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL

Silver: Pacific Daylight, Dale Bros. Brewery, Upland, CA

Bronze: Sandbagger Gold, Montana Brewing Co., Billings, MT

Category: 43 Classic English-Style Pale Ale – 29 Entries

Gold: Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR

Silver: Summit Extra Pale Ale, Summit Brewing Co., Saint Paul, MN

Bronze: Ska Special, Ska Brewing Co., Durango, CO

Category: 44 English-Style India Pale Ale – 32 Entries

Gold: Beech Street Bitter, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Silver: Illusion Dweller, Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, Boulder, CO

Bronze: Samuel Adams Latitude 48, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA

Category: 45 American-Style Pale Ale – 109 Entries

Gold: Mission Street Pale, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Silver: Pale 31, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Bronze: Puddle Jumper Pale Ale, Third Street Aleworks, Santa Rosa, CA

Category: 46 American-Style Strong Pale Ale – 84 Entries

Gold: Himalayan IPA, Yak and Yeti Brewpub, Arvada, CO

Silver: IPA Nectar, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Bronze: 7 – Fity, Triple Rock Brewery and Alehouse, Berkeley, CA

Category: 47 American-Style India Pale Ale – 142 Entries

Gold: “Pseudo” IPA, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA

Silver: Head Hunter IPA, Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, North Olmsted, OH

Bronze: Lumberyard Extra IPA, Lumberyard Brewing Co., Flagstaff, AZ

Category: 48 Imperial India Pale Ale – 97 Entries

Gold: Doheny Double IPA, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA

Silver: Hop Crisis!, 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA

Bronze: Decadence Imperial IPA, Trinity Brewhouse, Providence, RI

Category: 49 American-Style Amber/Red Ale – 83 Entries

Gold: Red Nectar, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Silver: Hop Back Amber Ale, Troegs Brewery, Harrisburg, PA

Bronze: Red Rock, Triple Rock Brewery and Alehouse, Berkeley, CA

Category: 50 Imperial Red Ale – 43 Entries

Gold: Lumberyard Imperial Red, Lumberyard Brewing Co., Flagstaff, AZ

Silver: Red Eye PA, The Brew Kettle Production Works, Strongsville, OH

Bronze: Deranger, Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category: 51 English-Style Mild Ale – 27 Entries

Gold: Business Time Mild, Boulder Beer Co., Boulder, CO

Silver: Skidmark Brown, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

Bronze: Ale of Fergus, Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA

Category: 52 Ordinary or Special Bitter – 47 Entries

Gold: Rio Blanco Pale Ale, Real Ale Brewing Co., Blanco, TX

Silver: DBA, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Bronze: Drop Top, Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category: 53 Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter – 42 Entries

Gold: GAR Pale Ale, Great American Restaurants, Centreville, VA

Silver: Saint Arnold Elissa IPA, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX

Bronze: Bachelor ESB, Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR

Category: 54 Scottish-Style Ale – 22 Entries

Gold: Highland Courage, Rock Bottom Breweries, Louisville, CO

Silver: Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX

Bronze: Laughing Lab Scottish Ale, Bristol Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO

Category: 55 Irish-Style Red Ale – 23 Entries

Gold: Red Trolley Ale, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Silver: River Falls Red Ale, Thomas Creek Brewery, Greenville, SC

Bronze: Ragtop Red, Rock Bottom Breweries, Louisville, CO

Category: 56 English-Style Brown Ale – 46 Entries

Gold: Old Elk Brown Ale, Rock Bottom Breweries, Louisville, CO

Silver: Good Grief Brown, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Bronze: Eclipse Brown Ale, Equinox Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO

Category: 57 American-Style Brown Ale – 47 Entries

Gold: Sweet Josie, LoneRider Brewing Co., Raleigh, NC

Silver: Redrock Nut Brown Ale, Redrock Brewing Co, Salt Lake City, UT

Bronze: American Brown Ale, Big Rock Chop House & Brewery, Birmingham, MI

Category: 58 American-Style India Black Ale – 53 Entries

Gold: Turmoil, Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Baker City, OR

Silver: Go Figure, Big Rock Chop House & Brewery, Birmingham, MI

Bronze: Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, CA

Category: 59 German-Style Altbier – 37 Entries

Gold: GestAlt, Haverhill Brewery, Haverhill, MA

Silver: Bismarck Altbier, Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO

Bronze: Sticke Alt, Rock Bottom Breweries, Louisville, CO

Category: 60 German-Style Sour Ale – 23 Entries

Gold: Berliner Weisse, Snake River Brewing, Jackson, WY

Silver: Tiny Bubbles, Hollister Brewing Co., Goleta, CA

Bronze: Beer Gone Good, Terrapin Beer Co., Athens, GA

Category: 61 South German-Style Hefeweizen – 65 Entries

Gold: Stoudts Heifer In Wheat, Stoudt Brewing Co., Adamstown, PA

Silver: U-Boat Hefeweizen, Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO

Bronze: Wintergreen Weiss, Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA

Category: 62 German-Style Wheat Ale – 29 Entries

Gold: Hefelightzen, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, Huntington Beach, CA

Silver: Wowzenbock, Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR

Bronze: Capital Weizen Doppelbock, Capital Brewery Co., Inc., Middleton, WI

Category: 63 Belgian-Style Witbier – 45 Entries

Gold: TAPS Belgian White, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Brea, CA

Silver: Whale Tail Wit, Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO

Bronze: Allagash White, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME

Category: 64 French- and Belgian-Style Saison – 52 Entries

Gold: Saison Vautour, McKenzie Brew House, Malvern, PA

Silver: Colette, Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Bronze: Belgian Summer Ale, Great Adirondack Brewing Co., Lake Placid, NY

Category: 65 Belgian- and French-Style Ale – 46 Entries

Gold: Allagash Blonde, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME

Silver: Bastogne Blonde Ale, Rock Bottom Breweries, Louisville, CO

Bronze: Domaine DuPage, Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL

Category: 66 Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale – 33 Entries

Gold: Oude Tart, The Bruery, Placentia, CA

Silver: Coolship Resurgam, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME

Bronze: Le Serpent, Snake River Brewing, Jackson, WY

Category: 67 Belgian-Style Abbey Ale – 76 Entries

Gold: Nectar Des Dieux, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI

Silver: Golden Slumber, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Bronze: Three Philosophers, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Category: 68 Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale – 54 Entries

Gold: Revelations, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Silver: Brother David’s Double, Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Boonville, CA

Bronze: Hells Keep, Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT

Category: 69 Brown Porter – 33 Entries

Gold: Total Disorder Porter, Ram Production Brewery, Tacoma, WA

Silver: St. Charles Porter, Blackstone Brewing Co., Nashville, TN

Bronze: Pullman Brown, Flossmoor Station, Flossmoor, IL

Category: 70 Robust Porter – 53 Entries

Gold: Pig Iron Porter, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Wilmington, DE

Silver: Moonlight Porter, Rock Bottom Breweries, Louisville, CO

Bronze: Blimp Hangar Porter, Tustin Brewing Co., Tustin, CA

Category: 71 Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout – 23 Entries

Gold: Hyde Park Stout, Augusta Brewing Co., Washington, MO

Silver: McLuhr’s Irish Stout, Dillon DAM Brewery, Dillon, CO

Bronze: Port Truck Stout, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Category: 72 Foreign-Style Stout – 33 Entries

Gold: Fade to Black, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO

Silver: Whiteface Stout, Great Adirondack Brewing Co., Lake Placid, NY

Bronze: Tsunami Stout, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR

Category: 73 American-Style Stout – 27 Entries

Gold: Liberty Stout, Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewing Co., Hays, KS

Silver: Disorder Stout, Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Baker City, OR

Bronze: Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, Rogue Ales, Newport, OR

Category: 74 Sweet Stout – 29 Entries

Gold: Kickstart Stout, Barley Brothers Brewery & Grill, Lake Havasu City, AZ

Silver: Oil Change Stout, Flat Branch Pub and Brewery, Columbia, MO

Bronze: Portsmouth Brewery Milk Stout, Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

Category: 75 Oatmeal Stout – 39 Entries

Gold: Backside Stout, Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango, CO

Silver: Naked Oatmeal Stout, Rock Bottom Breweries, Louisville, CO

Bronze: 825 State Stout, Epic Brewing Co., LLC, Salt Lake City, UT

Category: 76 Imperial Stout – 50 Entries

Gold: Russian Imperial Stout, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Wilmington, DE

Silver: Night Rider Imperial Stout, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Bronze: Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout, Weasel Boy Brewing Co., Zanesville, OH

Category: 77 Scotch Ale – 34 Entries

Gold: Reed’s Wee Heavy, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Silver: Wee Willy Scotch Ale, McCoy’s Public House & Brewkitchen, Kansas City, MO

Bronze: MacPelican’s Wee Heavy Ale, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR

Category: 78 Old Ale or Strong Ale – 38 Entries

Gold: Fourth Dementia Olde Ale, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Warren, MI

Silver: Curmudgeon, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Bronze: Outback X, Bend Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Category: 79 Barley Wine-Style Ale – 57 Entries

Gold: Flying Mouflan, Troegs Brewery, Harrisburg, PA

Silver: Old #23 Barley Wine, Bristol Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO

Bronze: Jack Hammer, The Brew Kettle Production Works, Strongsville, OH

2010 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition

Gold: Red Velvet, Eagle Rock Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

Brewmaster: Eagle Rock Brewery Brew Team, AHA Member: Donny Hummel

Silver: Ryed Hard & Put Away Wet, Rockyard Brewing Co., Castle Rock, CO

Brewmaster: Jim Stinson, AHA Member: Adam Glaser

Bronze: Robust Porter, Wormtown Brewing Co., Worcester, MA

Brewmaster: Ben Roesch, AHA Member: Keith Antul

The Great American Beer Festivalis presented by the Brewers Association

 

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

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