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

founders breakfaststout 11111 The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bells, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost AbbeyBy Jeremy Thompson, Don Corino, Pat Smith, Tim Rodgers, Paul Reiter and Matt Goldstein

 1.  Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI: 

The Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout is a shoe in to be our #1 overall beer on our next Top 100 beer list.  The seasonal Breakfast Stout was already on our top 10 list and the Founders Porter was our Philadelphia Beer Week Champion.  Have you ever tasted the Centennial IPA or the Curmudgeon?  Please.  Founders Brewing Company is the #1 Brewery in the world!   

2.  Bell’s Brewing Inc, Kalamazoo, MI: 

 It’s hard putting Bell’s at #2 on this list because these guys have taken the art of beer making to perfection.  From the Bell’s Expedition Stout to the Consecrator Dopplebock and the Hopslam are 3 of the best beers in the world hands down.  Add the Kalamazoo Stout, Oberon Ale and the Two Hearted Ale and you have a magnum opus in beer making. 

3.  Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, San Diego, CA: 

The Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is largely considered to be the best India Pale Ale in the world.  The Sculpin also won a gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup.  The Calico Amber Ale is made like an English ESB but this American brew is also a gold medal winner.  The Big Eye IPA and the Victory at Sea Imperial Vanilla Coffee Porter are entirely world class.

stone brewing company 300x284 The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bells, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey4.  Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA: 

Stone’s Ruination IPA, Imperial Russian Stout, Smoked Porter and Arrogant Bastard Ale are staples of the craft beer world, while their Anniversary Ale is one of the highest rated beers ever.

5.  Port/Lost Abbey Brewing Company, San Marcos, CA: 

The Lost Abbey Avant-Garde, Devotion and Yellow Bus along with the Port Old Viscosity, High Tide IPA and Santa’s Little Helper Stout put the Port/Lost Abbey Brewing at #5.  Throw in the Hop 15 and Port/Lost Abbey competes with any brewery in the world.   

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6.  Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA: 

Victory’s Hopdevil, Prima Pils, and Golden Monkey are almost mainstream craft beers at this point but the Storm King Imperial Stout, Hopwallop, Baltic Thunder Porter, and V-12 are all world class while the Saison du Buff might be the best Saison in the world. 

7.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Milton, DE: 

The 60 Minute, 90 Minute and 120 Minute IPA’s are some of the best IPA’s being brewed today.  At the same time, the Old School Barley Wine and the Bitches Brew are some of the best beers in their class.  Dogfish also collaborated with Victory on the Saison du Buff.    

8.  Russian River, Santa Rosa, CA.

9.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA. 

rogue beers 285x300 The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bells, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey10.  Rogue Ales, Newport, OR.  

11.  Fuller’s Ales, London, UK. 

12.  Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Easton, PA.

13.  Troegs Craft Brewery, Harrisburg, PA. 

14.  Westmalle Trappist, Westmalle, Belgium.

15.  Westvleteren,  Belgium.  

16.  Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA.

17.  Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY.

18.  Moonlight Brewing Company, Fulton, CA.

19.  Sam Smith Old Brewery, North Yorkshire, UK.

20.  Flying Fish, Cherry Hill, NJ.

21.  Hacker Pschorr, Munich, Germany.

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

yuengling lager 1111 300x300 The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more...Our Top 10 Cheap Beers!

 By Matt Goldstein

1.  Yuengling Lager, Pottsville, PA:

Established in 1829, Yuengling is America’s oldest brewery, and they make damn good beer.  A few weeks ago I heard someone mention it as a craft beer.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say that because I grew up on the stuff, but for about $18 a case it’s an excellent buy.  Yuengling Lager has great color, flavor and bite.  I was even asked to mail two cases out to a friend of mine in AZ because he couldn’t seem to find it anywhere in Phoenix.  People crave this stuff!

 

 

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 bitburger prembeer startscreen 01 300x253 The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more...                                                                             2.  Bitburger, Germany:

I’ve had Yuengling so many times that if I was in the store right now I’d probably grab Bitburger instead.  It’s full bodied, light, a little dry and a little hoppy, but very refreshing.  I had a few this weekend and I can’t believe this German import sells for about $18.  It’s a flat out steel!

 3.  Leinenkugels

 Original Premium Pilsner/Lager, Chippewa Falls, WI.  About $20 a case.

 4.  Shiner Bock

 Shiner, TX.  You can get a case of cans for about $20.

 5.  Lionshead, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 

 It’s a flat out good beer and you can get a case of bottles for $15.  In the college days it might have been $11. 

6.  Full Sail Session Lager, Hood River, OR. 

7.  Lonestar, San Antonio, TX

8.  Yuengling Black & Tan, Pottsville, PA

9.  Molson Golden Pale Ale, Quebec, Canada

10.  Yuengling Porter, Pottsville, PA

11.  Pacifico, Mazatlan, Mexico. 

12.  Yuengling Light, Pottsville, PA

13.  Lionshead Light, Wilkes-Barre, PA

14.  Full Sail Session Black, Hood River, OR

15.  Yuengling Premium, Pottsville, PA

16.  Labatts Blue, London, Canada

17.  Tecate, Tecate Mexico

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

kbslabel The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bells Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the AbyssFounders Destroys the Entire Stout Beer World with KBS 

By Jeremy Thomson, Don Corino, Paul Reiter and Matt Goldstein

1.  Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout:

 11.2% Grand Rapids, MI.  We’re pretty sure that the Founders KBS is a shoe in to be our next #1 Beer pound for pound overall.  The KBS doesn’t only take the stout world to a new level; the KBS takes the beer world to a whole new echelon.  There are a few things we could compare it to like Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Floyd Mayweather, the Wire, Picasso’s Don Quixote, etc…  I know what you’re thinking.  You’re probably asking yourself, “did they just compare a beer to the theory relativity?”  Of course we did.  What do you like more, beer or physics?  Exactly.    There’s no doubt which one had a greater impact in the last century.   Kentucky Breakfast Stout TKO3 Albert Einstein

2.  Founders Breakfast Stout

8.3% Grand Rapids, MI

3.  Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout

 6.0% Kalamazo, MI

4.  Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

6.10%, Newport, OR

5.  Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon County Stout

 13%, Chicago, IL

6.  Deschutes the Abyss

 11.0%, Bend, OR

7.  Victory Storm King

 9.1%, Downingtown, PA

8.  Sierra Nevada Stout

5.8%, Chico, CA

9.  Bell’s Expedition Stout

10.5%, Kalamazoo, MI

stone imp stout 250x300 The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bells Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss10.  Stone Imperial Russian Stout

 10.5%, Escondido, CA

11.  Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout

 11.5%, Tampa, FL

12.  Deschutes Obsidian Stout

 6.4%, Bend, OR

13.  Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout

 5.0%, UK

14.  Bear Republic Big Black Bear

 8.1%, Healdsburg, CA

15.  Rogue Chocolate Stout

 6.0%, Newport, OR

16.  Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout

 12%, Marshall, MI

17.  Duck Rabbit Rabid Duck

 10.0%, Farmville, NC

18.  Ballast Point Victory at Sea

 10.0%, San Diego, CA

19.  Flying Fish Imperial Esspresso Stout

 8.0%, Cherry Hill, NJ

20.  North Coast Old Rasputin

 9.0%, Fort Bragg, CA

21.  Sly Fox O’Reily Stout, 3.6%, Pheonixville, PA

22.  Hoppin Frog ‘Boris the Crusher’ Imperial Stout

 9.4%, Akron, OH

23.  Green Flash Double Stout

 8.8%, Vista, CA

24.  Port Brewing ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ Stout

 9.5%, San Marcos, CA

25.  Dark Lord Imperial Stout

15.0%, Munster, IN

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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 Ten Belgian Ales at the Beer Trials: La Fin Du Monde, Chimay Blue, Saison Dupont, Allagash Tripel, Delirium Tremens and more….

 

findumonde  282x300 The Top Ten Belgian Ales at the Beer Trials: La Fin Du Monde, Chimay Blue, Saison Dupont, Allagash Tripel, Delirium Tremens and more....The Beers Trials are a completely blind taste test with craft beer experts from around the country.  The results are based on a book entitled The Beer Trials, by Seamus Campbell and Robin Goldstein. 

Compiled by Matt Goldstein 

1.  La Fin Du Monde

 9.0%, Quebec, Canada

2.  Chimay Blue Grand Reserve

 9.0%, Belgium

3.  Saison Dupont

 6.5%, Belgium

4.  Allagash Tripel

 9.0%, Maine, U.S.

5.  Allagash Dubbel

 7.0%, Maine, U.S.

6.  Chimay Red Priemere

 7.0%, Belgium

7.  Delirium Tremens

 8.5%, Belgium

8.  Don de Deiu

  9%, Quebec, Canada

9.  Duvel

 8.5%, Belgium

10.  La Chouffe

 8%, Belgium

three philosophers 199x300 The Top Ten Belgian Ales at the Beer Trials: La Fin Du Monde, Chimay Blue, Saison Dupont, Allagash Tripel, Delirium Tremens and more....11.  Maredsous Triple

 10%, Belgium

12.  Maudite

 8%, Quebec, Canada

13.  Three Philosophers

 9.8%, NY, U.S.

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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 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…

Blanche de Bruxelles 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...Blanche de Bruxelles is the 2010 Grand Champion:  Are you down wit da Witbier? 

By Tim Rodgers, Matt Rodgers and Matt Goldstein 

1.  Blanche de Bruxelles:

 4.5%, Belgium.  It’s the perfect Belgian White!  Blanche has a delicate balance of coriander spices with citrus notes and to our surprise, clearly stood out from the crowd. 

2.  Hoegaarden:

 4.9%, Belgium.  This world famous witbier performed extremely well, with a nice aroma, mouth feel, and should be considered the gold standard of Belgian Whites. 

3.  Ommegangs Witte:

 5.9%, Cooperstown, NY.  The Witte is light on color but packs a lot of flavor.   

4.  Victory Wirlwind Witbier, 5.0%, Downingtown, PA.  Very light and refreshing, no aftertaste though. 

5.  St. Bernardis Blanche, 5.5%, Belgium.  According to Ratebeer.com, the St. Bernardis witbier is made under the supervision of the father of Hoegarden and bottle re-fermented much like Blanche de Bruxelles.

6.  Blue Moon, 5.4%, Golden, CO.  You wouldn’t know it was a Coors product in a blind test.  Blue Moon has great color and well balanced citrus for a Belgian Whit. 

7.  Allagash White, 5.2%, Portland, ME.  The critically acclaimed Allagash was a little too heavy on the coriander spices with not enough citrus to balance it. 

8.  Wittekerke Witbier, 5.0% ABV, Belgium.

9.  Shock Top, 5.2%, St. Louis, MS.  It’s the Anheuser Busch answer to craft beer.  Shock Top is not bad, but it lacked the flavor of its competition. 

10.  Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat, 4.9%, Chippewa Falls, WI.  Sunset Wheat was way too heavy in floral, lavender, and sweet notes.  It could be used for a bathroom air freshener. 

11.  Bud Light Golden Wheat, 4.1%, St. Louis MS, Another Anheuser Busch creation but to no surprise, it fell way short.  It was a control to our experiment.  There’s no taste, no aroma and a flavor that seems to fake the funk. 

Are you down wit da witbier?

Blanche de Bruxelles is an excellent witbier and specialty of the farm-breweries of old Brabant, Belgium.  Through a very slow brewing process and only the best crops, the master brewers infuse the non-filtered beer with coriander and bitter orange peels and then re-ferment the yeast and sugar.  Blanche de Bruxelles owes its natural cloudiness to the large percentage (40 %) of wheat that goes into its composition.  You need only take a sip of the Blanche de Bruxelles Belgian White to appreciate the fresh and mellow flavor with its hint of orange and realize that it’s not like any other beer.  Also, there is a picture of a little devil child taking a wiz on the label.  It’s amazing.  Maybe that’s where this champion witbier gets it’s flavor. 

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

chimay blue 11 300x236 Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells, Victory, Founders, Hacker Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more...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 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…

 

 

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Oregon Brew Fest Grand Champion: Green Flash’s Le Freak!

OregonBeerFestival logo Oregon Brew Fest Grand Champion: Green Flash’s Le Freak!By Paul Reiter

The Oregon Brew Fest Top 10 Craft Beers

1.  Green Flash’s Le Freak Belgian IPA, 9.2%, Vista, CA

2.  Twilight Summer Ale, 5.0%, Bend, OR

3.  MacTarnahan’s Lip Stinger Saison Farmhouse Ale, 4.8%, Portland, OR

4.  Seven Brides Lil’s Pils, 4.5%, Silverton, OR

5.  Golden Valley Festival Kolsch

6.  Mt Shasta Mountain High IPA, 7.0%, Weed, CA

7.  21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat, 4.9%, San Francisco, CA

8.  Double Mountain’s The Vaporizer, 6.0%, Hood River, OR

9.  Lompoc Brewing Son of C-Note, 8.0%, Portland, OR

10.  Mad River Jamaica Red Ale, 6.5%, Blue Lake, CA

The Oregon Brewers Festival on the waterfront here in Portland is always a blast.  There are tons of people outside getting twisted on the river.  What better way to spend a summer weekend? 

Portland Oregon is the craft beer capital of the United States.  This is most likely because the surrounding mountains provide fresh spring water to the area and all of the local brewers.  Local water plays a significant role in the brewing process and the Portland area has taken full advantage.  Every beer on our top 10 list is a must, but Green Flash’s Le Freak stole the show!

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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Philadelphia Beer Week’s Grand Champion Founders Porter: Runners Up, Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale, Dogfish Head 60

 “Beer Weeks Top 10″

 founders1 Philadelphia Beer Week’s Grand Champion Founders Porter: Runners Up, Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale, Dogfish Head 60by Matt Goldstein

 1. Founders Porter 6.5%, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

2. Mont Saint Aubert Grand Reserve 8.5%, Brunehaut, Belgium

3. Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale  5%, North Yorkshire, England

4. Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale 8%, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

5. Dogfish Head 60  6%, Milton Deleware

6. Fuller’s Porter  6.5%, London, England

7. Draft Horse Shire Brown Ale Ontario, Canada

8. Duvel  8.5%, Breendonk, Belgium

9. St. Feullien Saison  6.5%, Le Roeulx, Belgium

10. Victory Golden Monkey  9%, Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Founders Porter of Grand Rapids Michigan has been selected Philadelphia Beer Week’s Grand Champion for 2010!  Founders is a classic full flavor porter with a light punch of hops, caramel and chocolate.  Founders porter beer puts Guinness to pure shame.  Sorry Guinness, but the best part of the half and half is the other half.  Founders has real bite and becomes our 2010 Philadelphia Beer Week Grand Champion!  Check out our top 10 list of Beer Week musts.  Newbies like Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale by Yards and classic Belgians like Duvel (translated in English to Devil) anchor the top 10 list of beers that you shouldn’t go a week without.    

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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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A Domestic Treasure- Sierra Nevada

sierra nevada pale ale 1 150x150 A Domestic Treasure  Sierra Nevada

By Tim Rodgers

In a domestic beer landscape of vortex neck bottles, cold window boxes, cold activation cans, triple hops guarantees, and flavor seal taste protector caps, the surface of the American beer industry looks and tastes pretty grim.  I was disappointed to learn that when my tasteless beer flavored water spins real fast at the end of my bottle; it still tastes like beer flavored water with a metallic finish when hit finally reached my mouth.  Although, when Miller Lite recently introduced its triple hops guarantee, at least I could be comforted with the notion that at least three actual hops were used when brewing each batch.  And, since I merely have a liberal arts education and not one in science or physics, it is reassuring to know that when the mountains turn blue on my can or bottle, I know that my beer is cold rather than the archaic method of putting my beer in the refrigerator for an hour or feeling the bottle for its temperature like our ancestors did.

 The Macro-American Beer industry ironically reflects much about American society in general.  Bloated advertising budgets, humorous commercials on television, and most important of all; self-image and sex.  Calorie counting has become an American pastime just as much as a day at a baseball game or apple pie.  Perhaps that is why the “light beer” phenomenon dominates the American beer industry.  To put it simply, American beer drinkers and companies favor style over substance, much like today’s popular culture in general.  However thankfully, what America also has to offer traditionally, is its great beautiful lands, its illustriative resources, innovation, entrepaneurship, and craftsmanship.  The beer that represents these elements of American society well is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

 Of course there is always going to be your local micro-brew that brings varieties and flavors that will be your favorite, but it reassuring to know that you can always count on Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to be consistently crisp, refreshing, clean, aromatic, and delicately balanced hoppiness in each sip.  Headquarted in Chico, California and originally a micro-brew, it now produces 700,000 barrels of beer a year.  And for your calorie counters, a 12-ounce bottle has 175 calories per serving.  If that troubles you, lose the mayo or butter or put in an extra ½ hour at the gym because any serious beer drinker would never compromise taste for quality.  I don’t ever recall seeing a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale commercial, so I know that that more of a percentage of their operating costs and budgets go into improving their product rather than the pockets of the NFL at halftime of the Super Bowl.

  The other well-known craft macro brewery in the United States is the Boston Brewing Company that brews Sam Adams.  But instead of going off of the map in so many directions that Sam Adams has a tendency to do, Sierra Nevada in its specialty and seasonal brews stays close to its original formula.  In the late fall, the Anniversary Ale is one of the best beers ever produced in America hands down.  When my beer taste buds were less mature, beers that were hoppy in nature like your Pale Ales were not as appealing, but unlike most Pale Ales, Sierra Nevada doesn’t try to impress other brewers by putting 113 counts of hops into each batch so you feel like your drinking a Christmas Tree, but rather the hoppiness of the Sierra Nevada variety is merely one component of its complexity.  Just like a piece of a puzzle of a masterpiece.  The carbonation and head when poured into a pint glass is perfect.  Most importantly in these troubled economic times, I bought a 12 pack of bottles in Wilmington, Delaware for $10.99.  I think Bud Light Lime was $14.99.

So when you’re in favorite bar or restaurant you no longer have to skip right past the domestic beer selection and go for the pricy imports.  If you are looking to support American entrepreneurship, American jobs, and most importantly, if you are looking for simply a great beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is one of the best choices out there.  And although there is no plans in the works for a “Vented Wide Mouth Can” to allow drinkers to swig more easily or a house made entirely of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale bottles (including the shower) I still think that if they served and sold Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in a dog dish, it would still be a better beer than most domestically speaking.

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