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The Sierra Nevada Summerfest

Sierra Nevada Summerfest 300x198 The Sierra Nevada SummerfestBottom Fermented Pilsner Style Lager

By Kevin Hussey, Eric Duncan & Matt Goldstein

The Sierra Nevada Summerfest is made with 2-row pale and Munich malts and Perle and Saaz hops.  A crisp summer lager that has been around for more than a decade, the Sierra Nevada Summerfest also lets you know that you’re drinking a real beer.  With a full flavored tang hop kick, this pilsner style lager is another classic from Sierra Nevada.  With light malts and light hops and spice, the crisp big bubbles make an excellent refreshing summertime lager.  The lemon and malt aftertaste are very well balanced making this one of our favorite summer beers.         

GOLD MEDAL WINNER
California State Fair (European Light Lagers: 1999)

alcohol content: 5.0% by volume malts: Two-row Pale & Munich
beginning gravity: 12.2 Plato yeast: Lager Yeast
ending gravity: 2.8 Plato bittering hops: Perle & Saaz
bitterness units: 28 finishing: hops Saaz

 

The Sierra Nevada Story:

In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.”  
       
  Ken’s passion for brewing began when a friend showed him the basics of home brewing. Using homemade equipment, Ken began brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his own, and soon became a proficient home brewer.In 1976, after studying chemistry and physics at Butte Community College and California State University at Chico, Ken opened his own store, The Home Brew Shop. There, he supplied Chico’s home-brewing community with equipment, materials, and advice, but dreamed of opening his own brewery.    
  Two years later, it was time to make the dream a reality. Ken and co-founder Paul Camusi cobbled a brewery together from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler, and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, they created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds—the Sierra Nevada mountains.  
    Finally, on November 15, 1980, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.Word spread quickly, and over the next decade the demand for Sierra Nevada brews soon exceeded the brewery’s modest brewing capacity. Despite nearly constant additions to the brewery, Ken was soon back at the drawing board, planning a new brewery. In 1989, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. moved to its current site.  
  Ken traveled to Germany and brought back a traditional 100-barrel copper brew house, which became the heart of the new brewery. This met demand for a while, but the brewery soon needed to expand again. In 1997, Ken commissioned the original coppersmiths to match new kettles to the originals, bringing the brewery’s total capacity to almost eight hundred thousand barrels per year.Building the new brewery afforded Sierra Nevada the opportunity to create two stunning showcases, both featuring exceptional dining, live music, and its award-winning beers. The elegant Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant has become a destination in its own right. With mouthwatering lunch and dinner menus, an impressive dining room, and a large outdoor dining patio, it offers distinctive, contemporary cuisine as well as an opportunity to sample the brewery’s entire line of premium ales and lagers, including hard-to-find specialty drafts. The 350-seat Big Room—a beautifully designed live music and multi-purpose room—was constructed on the west end of the brewery to feature live music events for all ages and is a perfect facility for weddings, reunions, and business conferences.To this day, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. remains true to its roots. Ken is still personally involved in every aspect of brewery operation. Most importantly, the Sierra Nevada commitment to quality remains the same. Premium ingredients and time-honored brewing techniques make Sierra Nevada ales and lagers truly exceptional beers.  
     

 

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

bohemia classica bottle cream The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more...Water Supply Issues Create a Light, Easy, Drinkable Mexican Style

By Matt Goldstein & Tim Rodgers

Now, Mexican beers are at a disadvantage because of the water supply situation.  One must remember to compare apples to apples when analyzing their brews.  Mexico tends to be a warm, arid climate with spicy/salty cuisine.  Therefore, the beers that would make the most sense would be your lighter lagers.  All of which Mexico produces.  Bohemia was by far the best beer we sampled.  It could compare with a solid American IPA and tasted a lot like Flying Fish. 

1. Bohemia, surprisingly crisp/clean with an unexpected subtle yet distinct hoppiness

2. Negra Modela, always consistently smooth with a nice malty finish

3. Dos Equis Lager Especial, crisp flavors, solid lager

4. Carta Blanca, smooth, light, solid

5. Corona, always good, always refreshing

6. Cristal, actually from Peru, but fits in well with the Mexican style

7. Corona Light, great light beer but light on flavor

9 Tecate, just OK, light and smooth but far from great

9. Sol, awful, almost undrinkable, bad aftertaste

10. Modela Especial, the six-pack we bought was skunked, we know Modelo is a good beer but it will have to wait a few months for another chance to be reviewed.

Bohemia Pilsner is this year’s Mexican Category champion!  It was a hot day in Chester down at the new MLS stadium PPL Park.  We decided to conduct this categories beer tasting tailgating the Philadelphia Union soccer game.  The dirt parking lot in July made it actually feel like a Mexican desert.  Pure genius!  To keep the theme going, we got burritos, chips, salsa and guacamole to cleanse our palates between each beer.  We had Pork, Chicken and Beef burritos made with black beans, corn and rice. 

Now, Mexican beers are at a disadvantage because of the water supply situation.  One must remember to compare apples to apples when analyzing their brews.  Mexico tends to be a warm, arid climate with spicy/salty cuisine.  Therefore, the beers that would make the most sense would be your lighter lagers.  All of which Mexico produces.  Bohemia was by far the best beer we sampled.  It could compare with a solid American IPA and tasted a lot like Flying Fish.  I think the most surprising beer was Carta Blanca.  Based on our preconceived notions of the beer, I thought it would be mere swill.  However, it would be up at the top of my choices if we were scarfing down tortilla chips and tacos on the roadside in Puerta Vallarta.  Dos Equis Lager was also very solid.  Again, based on the most the interesting man in the world advertising campaign, perhaps Dos Equis would bring more style than substance, but it was an enjoyable beer.  The most disappointing beer was Sol.  It basically tasted awful to everybody.  Now, we’ve had Sol before and liked it, but this was just not its day.  Tecate, we expected to be at the bottom, but it was a toss-up between Sol and Tecate for the worst of the day.  Bohemia is officially the first beer to receive an automatic bid to the first annual Whiskey Goldmine March madness 64 beer tournament.  Let the countdown begin!

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

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

By Matt Goldstein & Kevin Hussey 

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

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

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

     

2. Weyerbacher Heresy Imperial Stout:

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

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

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

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4. Victory Old Horizontal Barley Wine:

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

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5. Six Points Sehr Crisp Pilsner

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

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

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

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7.  Yards Chocolate Love Stout:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Top 15 Best Macro Brews: Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, Heineken, Corona, Stella Artois and more…

newcaslte heineken carlsberg 300x180 The Top 15 Best Macro Brews: Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, Heineken, Corona, Stella Artois and more…By Pat Smith, Jeremy Thomson, Tim Rodgers, Paul Reiter & Matt Goldstein

Most people think to describe Macro brews as only Miller, Coors and Budweiser, but there are some large scale macro breweries out there brewing damn good beer, not just the American macro swill we’re all used to.  The Whiskey Goldmine has compiled a list of beers and major breweries that simply make a phenomenal beverage and are sold on a massive scale.  You’d be surprised at how many beers Sierra Nevada actually sells.  We were surprised too.    

1. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale:

5.6% ABV, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, CA. The Sierra Nevada Company is the 5th largest brewery in the United States and by 2005; Sierra Nevada was in excess of $100 million in sales.  The Pale Ale is the clear #1 here; it’s not even worth arguing. The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is simply a perfect beer.    

pilsner urquell2 The Top 15 Best Macro Brews: Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, Heineken, Corona, Stella Artois and more…2.  Newcastle Brown Ale:

 4.7% ABV, Scottish & Newcastle UK.  Newcastle Brown Ale is the #1 selling bottled beer in the UK and one of the best selling beers in Europe. 

3.  Sam Adams Boston Lager.

4.75% ABV. Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA. The Boston Beer Company is one of the largest breweries in the United States and for good reason.  These guys just make great beer.  Perhaps Sam Adams is being a little overshadowed by the recent craft beer fanaticism, but these guys have been doing great craft beer on a large scale for 25 years.  Six weeks after its release in 1985, the Boston Lager was awarded the “Best Beer in America.”   

4.  Bitburger Premium Pilsner.

4.8% ABV, Bitburger Brewery, Germany. Bitburger is the #2 selling beer in Germany and one of the best cases of beer you can buy for under $20.00. 

5.  Yuengling Lager.

4.7% ABV, Yuengling Brewery, Pottsville, PA United States. The Yuengling Brewery is the 4th largest brewery in the United States and the Lager is a classic staple beer on the East Coast.  Yuengling Lager Light might also be the best light beer in the world; without a doubt it’s Top 5.   

6.  Pilsner Urquell.

4.4% ABV.  Plensky Prazdroj, Czech Republic. Perhaps the most famous Pilsner in the world, Pilsner Urquell is the #2 selling beer in the Czech Republic.    

WARSTEINER LOGO 300x167 The Top 15 Best Macro Brews: Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, Heineken, Corona, Stella Artois and more…7.  Warsteiner Premium Pilsner.

4.8% ABV.  Warsteiner Brewery, Germany.  Warsteiner is the #3 selling beer in Germany but has a huge market overseas.  This is a great Pilsner.  It also has one of the coolest labels in all of beer.  You know you like it.  Don’t kid yourself.   

8.  Stella Artois.

5.5% ABV.  Stella Artois Brewing, Belgium.  Stella Artois is the best selling Belgian beer outside of Belgium.  Stella is a solid beer but tends to skunk easily. 

9.  Amstel Light.

3.5% ABV.  Amstel Brewery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Amstel Light is one of the best light beers in the world and the #1 imported light beer in the United States.

 10.  Dos Equis Lager.

4.5% ABV, Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, Monterey Mexico.  We never thought we would put Dos Equis above Corona but last week, we tried a Dos Equis and a Corona with what might have been the greatest fajita ever, and the Dos Equis emerged as the ideal beer with Mexican cuisine.  The Dos Equis is slightly thicker and slightly sweeter than Corona and it doesn’t need a god damn lemon.  Dos Equis is the #3 selling beer in Mexico. 

11.  Corona Extra.

4.6% ABV.  Grupo Modello, Mexico City, Mexico. I can already feel the craft beer geeks cringing as their reading this but who cares?  Corona is a refreshing beer and perfect or the summertime. Corona is also the #1 selling imported beer in America. 

guinness logo 111 214x300 The Top 15 Best Macro Brews: Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, Heineken, Corona, Stella Artois and more…12.  Guinness Stout.

6.0%.  Guinness Brewery, Dublin, Ireland.  Guinness is the #2 beer in Ireland and Irelands #1 beer export.  Guinness sells 2 billion pints a year.  Guinness is the #1 selling stout in the world.  If you like Guinness, try the Victory Donnybrook.  They’re very similar but the Donnybrook has a bit more flavor and a bit more bite.

13.  Heineken Lager.

5.0% ABV.  Heineken Brewery, Netherlands.  Heineken is the #2 selling imported beer in America and the 7th best selling beer in the world.  It does skunk too easy though, but is still very refreshing. 

 14.  Becks German Pilsner.

5.0% ABV.  Becks Brewery, Bremen, Germany.  Becks sells over 720 million liters a year.  That’s not peanuts. 

 15.  Red Stripe Jamaican Lager.

4.7% ABV, Desnoes & Geddes Brewing, Kingston Jamaica.  Red Stripe is a very refreshing beer, especially when you’re watching the sunset in Montego Bay or dining on a cliff in Negril.  However, after 8 days and nights at a Jamaican all inclusive with nothing other than Red Stripe, it gets a little tired.  Red Stripe has over $8 billion in sales annually. 

16.  Carlsberg Pilsner.

5.0% ABV.  Carlsberg, Denmark.  Carlsberg dominates the Denmark beer market with 95% of total beer sales.  That’s ridiculous.

 

Source:  The Daily Bugle, the New York Times, the Guardian, Beerinfo.com, Faq.org & Beeradvocate.com 

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

pilzilla 233x300 Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudts Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils2010 Pilsner Champion:  Voodoo’s Pilzilla Wins Blind Pilsner Taste Test 

By Matt Goldstein & Tim Rodgers 

1.  Pilzilla:

 6.7% ABV, Voodoo Brewing Company, Meadville PA.  Pilzilla was hands down the best pilsner of this contest and it wasn’t close.  Pilzilla has excellent flavor, a beautiful cloudy color, and subtle spiciness.  It’s also very light and refreshing.  Pilzilla is the perfect pilsner. 

 2.  Prima Pils:

 5.3%, Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA.  The Victory Prima Pils also preformed very well at the blind Pilsner trial.  The unanimous #2 is a little dry, has light hops, citrus, a hint of bitterness, a nice cloudy color and a great flavor.     

 3.  Stoudt’s Pils:

5.3%, Stoudt’s Brewing Company, Adamstown, PA.  Stoudt’s Pils had a little hops, a little coriander and a beautiful flavor.  This is a flat out great Pilsner!

troegs sunshine pils 300x199 Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudts Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils 4.  Pikeland Pils:

 4.9%, Slyfox Brewing Company, Phoenixville, PA.  The Slyfox Pikeland Pils is a sweet Pilsner that has a hint of honey, but is has hops like a pale ale.  The Pikeland Pils is also very crisp and smooth. 

5.  Troegs Sunshine Pils:

 5.3%, Troegs Brewing Company, Harrisburg, PA.  The Sunshine Pils is floral, and slightly bitter with a light hint of citrus.  The Sunshine Pils has great flavor and a perfect bite.  This is a great beer!

6.  Paulaner Premium Pils:

 4.9%, Paulaner Salvator Thomasbraeu, Germany.  Paulaner Premium Pils was the only German beer that really stood out.  The Paulaner Pils had subtle citrus and other hints of fruit and flowers, but thick, crisp and smooth with an excellent golden color.   

7.  Bischoff Premium Pils:

 4.7%, Privatbrauerei Bischoff, Germany.  The Bischoff Premium Pils was a little cloudy, had great head, and was very smooth.  This Pilsner is a damn good beer.    

pilsner urquell2 Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudts Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils8.  Pilsner Urquell:

 4.4%, Plensky Prazdroj, Czech Republic.  Perhaps the most famous Pilsner in the world, the Pilsner Urquell was robust, malty, dark in color with hints of chocolate.  The Pilsner Urquell may be at #8 on our list but it really stood on it’s with a unique European style. 

9.  Jever Pilsner

 4.9%, Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever, Germany.

10.  Wolters Pilsner Premium

 4.9%, Hofbrauhaus Wolters, Germany.

11.  Presidente Pilsner

 7.0%, Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana, Dominican Republic.

12.  Radeberger Pilsner

 4.8%, Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei, Germany.

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The blind Pilsner taste test was put together as follows:  We went to 3 different take outs in 3 different parts of the city (can you guess which city?) and bought every bottle of beer that said Pilsner on the label.  Yes, what we selected was heavily weighted to Pennsylvania and Germany which was to be expected, but the results speak for themselves as the taste test was completely blind.  Each bottle of beer was put into a brown bag in a separate room and then poured into a glass by our beer wench.  Yup, we have a beer wench on the payroll.  Then, the Pilsner glasses were brought out one at time and we sipped back and fourth between maybe 2 or 3 beers.  We ate brick oven pizza with prosciutto and basil, and all watched the Tyson-Tupac documentary, and took stringent notes on the beer.  

The Pilzilla was the clear number 1 but the Prima Pils also stood out from the rest of the pack.  The Stoudt’s Pils, Slyfox Pikeland Pils and Troegs Sunshine Pils could have probably been in any order from 3 to 5, but there is no doubt that the Pennsylvania Pilsners completely destroyed Germany.  It wasn’t even close! 

Pennsylvania TKO4 Germany.   

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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…

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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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