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Oktoberfest Craft Beers: American Brewers Choosing Style Over Substance

craft beer glasses Oktoberfest Craft Beers: American Brewers Choosing Style Over SubstanceBy Tim Rodgers

Since my favorite NFL squad was on the road this week, I celebrated Oktoberfest under the ominous glow of the Red Zone channel in high definition.  I was feeling the pressure to rate for the masses a cornucopia of this years Oktoberfest brews, but after each beer went down my gullet coincidentally, the pressure began to subside.

What did emerge however, was the disappointing realization that each of my favorite American craft beer maker was missing the mark on the Oktoberfest style. Oktoberfest beer has become a proud tradition and signifies the best time of the year of the fall, harvest festivals, and yes I’m going to throw this in….football!!

What all the websites will tell you (and our last year’s ratings already alluded to) is that Oktoberfest began in Munich as a public party for the royal wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony on October 12, 1811.

But why are Marzen beers brewed in March and drank in October?  March is the end of the winter, and nothing has grown since the fall of the previous year.  Therefore, folks in Germany used the various remaining wheats, malts, and barleys that were leftover from the winter and brewed one last batch of robust beer.  Since these brews ended up so unique and flavorful, the Marzen beer signified a tradition worth keeping around and tapping in the fall!

So now we are here 200 years later, and I am getting paid to drink and rate Oktoberfest beers.  Pass me another bratwurst!  The first thing that I noticed, was that each American beer was this unusually unnatural vivid orange color.  I suspected that there is artificial coloring going on there with each one.  In contrast with each German Oktoberfest I sampled, those beers seemed to have more natural colors of amber and copper.

Secondly, the American Oktoberfest beers are dominated by mostly all malt notes and no hint of bitters whatsoever.  Many of the American beers weren’t subtle at all about the kind of malt flavors, Victory for example, was way too heavy on the coffee notes.  The German styles balanced a nice robust malt with subtle bitterness, more true to the German style.

Lastly, some of the American crafters couldn’t help themselves by sneaking in overt hoppiness into the brew.  I definitely appreciate the hoppy pale ales and IPA’s, and the United States is leading in this regard, but this is Germany’s tradition and their style so for once, ease up on the hops.

So in sum, my recommendation to the American crafter beer makers is to stop trying to be so cute, and stick to the fundamentals when it comes to Oktoberfest beers.

 

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The Oktoberfest Wiener Schnitzel: A Breaded Veal Recipe

Oktoberfest 700PX LR 300x137 The Oktoberfest Wiener Schnitzel: A Breaded Veal RecipeAn Oktoberfest Recipe Featuring Illg’s Meats

By Tim Rodgers

Oktoberfest, it’s that time of year again.  If the Germans know anything about beer, than they sure know something about meats.  For those of you that live in the Philadelphia area or even New york/New Jersey for that matter I encourage you to visit Illg’s Meats in Bucks County  Pennsylvania.  You can even pick up some of Illg’s delicasies at the Apple Valley Farm stand in the Reading Terminal in Center City Philadelphia.

weiner schnitzel The Oktoberfest Wiener Schnitzel: A Breaded Veal RecipeAccording to the Illg family, “Ernst came to America in 1952 and settled in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia, at 29th and Master Streets; a good neighborhood for lunch meats and sausage.  German, Irish, Polish and Jewish people.  They liked our meats.  So business exploded.  And all we had was a little rowhouse-in front, the store; in the middle, the icebox; in back, the sausage kitchen; upstairs, the family.  So we moved to Chalfont.  We took over a store from a butcher who was American but with German parents, so he had a few German items.  We just put our items out, and all of a sudden we didn’t know where all these people were coming from.  It’s not just people from Germany like these meats, you know.  It’s people from Poland, from Russia, from all over Europe.  We even make Hungarian sausage.  We’re Germans, but we make it.  And we make it good.”

I grew up eating the lunch meat, brats, sauerkraut, and butcher cuts from the Chalfont store.  But comfort food has kind of been my go-to cuisine and nothing takes me back to my childhood better than some basic ole’ fashioned Wiener Schnitzel.

Basically, its merely a fried breaded veal cutlet served with a lemon wedge.

The Winer Schnitzel Recipe:

1 lb of fresh veal cutlets from Illg’s Meats tenderized and pounded flat

1 cup of UNSEASONED bread crumbs

1 cup of flour

2 eggs

Splash of milk

2 tablespoons fresh parsley flakes

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 lemon

3 tablespoons of butter

Cooking oil

 

First pound out your veal cutlets.  Next, mix some fresh ground pepper into your flour and set aside.

Beat your eggs with the milk and set aside.  Mix your parsley with the bread crumbs.  Next you will be breading your cutlets by dipping each cutlet into your flour mixture assuring that the entire piece is coated and shake off any excess flour.  Next dip it into the beaten eggs, and finally dip the cutlet into the bread crumb mixture.  Repeat this process for each piece.  Heat your cooking oil in a large skillet.  Once hot, add the butter until that melts and begin frying your breaded cutlets until golden brown on each side.

Once each side is fried set aside on a paper towel to drain any excess oil.  Squeeze a lemon wedge on your Schnitzel and serve with a lemon wedge and parsley garnish.

Really, Wiener Schnitzel is an Austrian dish, but culturally, its close enough.  It is also tradition to serve your Wiener Schnitzel with parsley herb potato wedges and a parsley garnish.  I would pair this bad boy with this years Whiskey Goldmine Oktoberfest Champion Spaten Oktoberfest!

The Illgs Store by the way, is at 365 Folly Road, Chalfont, PA is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday through Friday and from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday.  “Tell people to call (215-343-0670) before they come, and I will give them directions,” says Ernst Illg.

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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 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…

spaten oktoberfest beer The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…Oktoberfest Beers: A 200 Year German Brewing Tradition

By Team Goldmine

The German Tradition of Oktoberfest started in Munich Germany in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of the Crown Prince of Bavaria.  An Oktoberfest beer, or Marzen style lager is brewed in March and stored cold through the spring and summer, and finally tapped in October.  Compared to a regular German style lager, the Oktoberfest bier is brewed with more malts and higher alcohol content in order to survive the long spring/summer storage.  One of our favorite styles, the Oktoberfest Marzen Lager is usually darker, full bodied, with more flavor than a traditional lager.  Below is a list of the Top 10 Oktoberfest beers of 2011!

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spaten munich lager bier The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…1.  Spaten Oktoberfest Marzen- -Germany.  5.9% ABV

Crisp, well balanced, excellent head, natural amber color, balance is subtle in rich malts & bitters.  Crisp pleasant finish.  Our 2011 Oktoberfest Champion!

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2.  Hacker Pschorr Original Oktoberfest—Germany.  5.80% ABV

Golden Brown color, great wheat aroma, smooth but crisp, excellent mouthfeel interesting malt tones, tastes of malts and notes of honey.  Finish is slightly flat.

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paulaner oktoberfest The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…3.  Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen—Germany.  6.00% ABV

Pours a rich copper color, perfect carbonation settles to rich head.  Bitter, malty, complex and dry. Achieves perfect balance of maltiness & bitterness.

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4.  Slyfox Oktoberfest Lager—Pennsylvania.  5.80% ABV

Great for being out of a can!  Settles to a cloudy light orange/amber color with a rich head that sticks to glass.  Out of the American Oktoberfest brews, this is the quintessential German Oktoberfest style.

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ayinger 300x216 The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…5.  Ayinger Oktoberfest Marzen—Germany.  5.80% ABV

Malty, Crisp, Dry with Light Hops.  Hints of Coffee and very well balanced.  Our 2010 Oktoberfest champion.

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6.  Stoudts Oktoberfest—Pennsylvania.  5.00% ABV

Pours a dark copper cloudy cover with light head and toffee malt notes.  Sweet, citrusy and malty.  More noticeable hoppiness than others, smooth finish & balance.

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great lakes brewing The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…7.  Great Lakes Oktoberfest –Ohio.  6.5% ABV

Made with Harrington 2 Row Malts and Hallertau U.S. German style Hops, here is another flat out stud from Great Lakes.  This brewery has the lock on lagers.

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8.  Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier—Germany.  6.30% ABV

Robust, crisp, sweet and dry.  Made with ale yeasts and ours an unusually light golden color.  Frothy head, light on the malt characteristics, but the wheat bitter balance is nice.

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flying dog dogtoberfest The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…9.  Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen—Maryland 5.30% ABV

Made with German Perle and Hallertau Malts, and brewed with 100% German ingredients.  A medium and solid crisp lager.

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10.  Flying Fish Oktoberfish—New Jersey  5.50% ABV

Pours an orange to light copper with thin carbonation.  Malty, crips, with a sour aftertaste.  Flavor dissapates rather quickly.  Hints of coffee in the malts.  Finishes crisp.

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11.  Victory Festbier—Pennsylvania.  5.60% ABV

12.  Becks Oktoberfest—Germany.  5.00% ABV

13.  Sam Adams Oktoberfest—Massachusetts.  5.30% ABV

14.  Saranac Oktoberfest—New York.  5.40% ABV

15.  Brooklyn Oktoberfest–New York.  5.50% ABV.

Oktoberfest officially begins on September 18 and goes through the first weekend of October.  This year the traditional German brewers did what they due best, taking 4 of the top 5 spots in our 2011 rankings.  Our esteemed panel consisted of 5 judges, one being a craft beer sommelier.  Please note: these rankings are based upon the beers available in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area.  We searched 7-8 locations and tasted every Oktoberfest beer available.

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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 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 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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The Oktoberfest Beer Brats!

Oktoberfest 700PX LR 300x137 The Oktoberfest Beer Brats!By Tim Rodgers

Featuring Rieker’s Prime Meats and Delicatessen

If you are in the Philadelphia area, and looking to celebrate Oktoberfest in authentic fashion, you should really check out Rieker’s Prime Meats in Fox Chase.  Located at 7979 Oxford Ave in Philadelphia.  This authentic German deli was founded in 1970 by Walter and Ursula Rieker.  Both Walter and Ursula were born in post WWII Germany which initially was struggling economically as a result of being torn apart by the war.  At the age of 13 Walter was certified as a butcher and moved to Philadelphia to seek a better opportunity.  I remember my Grandma Braun exclusively getting any and all kinds of German fare at Rieker’s.  If you were from that part of the city, it was a given that it was the place to go.  knockwurst, Kielbasa, fresh or smoked, spaetzle, laugenbretzel, rye bread, potato pancakes…you name it.  And the sauerkraut?  Well you can see the stuff being pressed down in the barrels behind the deli counter homemade, fresh, and with bacon! 

Let’s not forget that Germany is the place to go for fine chocolates and desserts.  The selection of German candies and chocolates is immense.  I recently had been frequenting the Fox Chase area, and as soon as I passed by the store front, I had to go in and pick up some brats for Oktoberfest (See our Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers).  Since the Eagles are away this week, I will cook this feast in the comfort of my own home.  The main course

will be the brats simmered in beer, and on the grill.  I will serve these tangy brats with fresh spaetzel, sauerkraut, and German potato salad.  Feel free to add any other of the delectable foods freshly prepared to the menu as you see fit.  Finally, pair these bad boys with our 2010 Oktoberfest Beer Champion Ayinger Oktoberfest or runner-up Beck’s Oktoberfest.   Auf Wiedersehen und Guten Appetit!

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For the Brats:

12-16 of their fresh Oktoberfest bratwurst (A white bratwurst packed with caraway and marjoram herbs)

2- 12 ounce bottles of Spaten Oktoberfest (the o.g. Oktoberfest beer or any lager will do)

2- medium size red onions diced

1 green bell pepper sliced

1 red pepper sliced

¼ cup of sugar

Pinch of caraway seeds

Pinch of marjoram

1 stick of butter

Salt and Pepper to taste

Crusty Sarcone’s club rolls to serve brats on

Tin Foil pan(s) for grilling

Sides:

2 pounds of Rieker’s homemade bacon sauerkraut (just heat on the stove)

2 packages of Rieker’s spaetzel (just fry up with a little oil)

2 pounds of Rieker’s homemade German potato salad

1 bottle Sweet Loewensef mustard

Preheat grill and set to low heat.  Combine all ingredients into your tin foil pan and simply put on the grill.  Allow to simmer until the brats are cooked all the through for about 25-30 Minutes.  (Don’t poke them with a fork or you will “release the juice!”)  Serve on the rolls with your choice of sauerkraut and/or mustard.  Heat up the sides and go to town!

If everybody drank responsibly and moderately, no alcohol rehab centers would ever be needed at all.

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

ayinger 300x216 The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Becks, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudts, Lefthand, Magic Hat, SpatenAyinger is our 2010 Oktoberfest Grand Champion

By Tim Rodgers, Charlie Pavlov, Howard Goldstein & Matt Goldstein

If Oktoberfest means drinking over 40 different beers in a 36 hour period, than yes, it’s a festival.  Germans like to watch Fussball and Americans prefer Football, so in honor of the upcoming season, we did both.  We started our Oktoberfest in fine European style down at PPL Park in Chester PA awaiting Sebastian LeToux and the Union going against the Chicago Fire.  We continued the debauchery a mere 15 hours later in the parking lot of Lincoln Financial field awaiting the 2010 Philadelphia Eagles home opener.  All the time, working tirelessly, sampling beer after, beer, after beer.  We cleansed our palates between courses of Vietnam prawns, stone crab claws, filet mignon, and 3 pound whole lobsters.  Sorry, no wienerschnitzel.   

Why go through all of that trouble?  Well, it’s the 200th anniversary of the German Tradition of Oktoberfest started in Munich Germany in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of some prince.  But as Far as the German beer crafters are concerned, the Marzenbier (March) beers are brewed in March but drank in the fall as the craft of making such fine brews require the spring and summer to prepare.  They are primarily full bodied, higher in gravity and alcohol as a result of having to be stored for those months. 

The change of seasons from summer to fall is a beautiful thing, and so is the harvest of fine foods, but more importantly fine beers.  So we found it necessary to sample all of the Oktoberfest Marzen beers that were available to us, and give you this year’s rankings:

hacker pschorr oktoberfest maerzen 300x285 The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Becks, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudts, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten1.  Ayinger Oktoberfest, 5.8%, Germany:

Superb flavored malts, hints of coffee, well balanced, and excellent Oktoberfest.

2.  Beck’s Oktoberfest, 5.0%, Germany:

  Great orange color, caramel, toffee, and coffee notes, very complex flavors yet smooth.  We know.  We’re as surprised as you are.

3.  Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest

 5.8%, Germany.  Smoothly carbonated, great flavor.

4.  Flying Fish Oktoberfish

 5.5%, Cherry Hill, NJ.  Balances the hops with autumn malts and caramel of the Oktoberfest style.

5.  HofBrau Oktoberfestbier

 6.3%, Germany.  Interesting pumpkin and spice notes.

6.  Stoudt’s Oktoberfest

 5.0%, Adamstown, PA.  Very good balance of bitters, hops and malts.

7.  Lefthand Marzen Oktoberfest

 6.0%, Logmont, Colorado.  Great flavors of coffee and caramel.

8.  Magic Hat Hex Ourtoberfest

 5.4%, South Burlington, VT.  Pine and cherry notes, good, interesting.

9.  Spaten Oktoberfestbier

 5.9%, Germany.  

weyerbacher autumnfest The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Becks, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudts, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten10. Weyerbacher Autumn Fest

 5.4%, Easton, PA

11.  Slyfox Oktoberfest

 5.8% ABV, Phoenixville PA.

12.  Dundee Oktoberfest

 5.5%, Rochester, NY.

13.  Lakefront Oktoberfest Lager Beer

 5.7%, Milwaukee, WI.

14.  Sam Adams Oktoberfest

 5.3%, Boston, MA. 

15.  Heavy Seas Marzen

 5.4%, Baltimore, MD.

16.  Saranac Oktoberfest

 5.4%, Utica, NY.

17.  Victory Fest Bier

 5.6%, Downingtown, PA.

18.  Leinenkugels Oktoberfest

 5.1%, Chippewa Falls, WI.

19.  Paulaner Oktoberfest

 5.8%, Germany. 

20.  Sierra Nevada Tumbler

 5.5%, Chico, CA.

21.  Southern Tier Harvest Ale

 6.4%, Lakewood, NY.   (Too Hoppy for an Oktoberfest)

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The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers 2011: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Sly Fox, Ayinger Oktoberfests 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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