New Releases — 16 October 2012

The 31st Annual Great American Beer Festival rocked the city of Denver, Colorado this past weekend with a record breaking 49,000 attendees. Hosted by the Brewers Association, this three-day festival allowed beer enthusiasts to sample from over 2700 beers from 578 breweries across the country! At the first annual GABF in 1982, there were approximately 800 attendees and a mere 40 beers from 22 breweries….just to give you an idea how much the craft beer industry has grown over the last thirty years!

The GABF is also the largest commercial beer competition in the world with approximately 4338 beers entered this year; a 10% increase over 2011. 134 different beer styles were divided into 84 categories and a gold, silver and bronze medal was awarded to the best representation of each style. Some of the largest categories include American IPA with 203 entries, American Imperial IPA with 128 entries and Herb & Spice Beer with 114 categories. The competition concluded on Saturday with the official GABF awards ceremony. In addition to the 254 medals presented for individual beer styles, the Brewers Association also recognized the best brewery and brewers of the year. We are very excited for our friends at Troegs Brewing Company for winning Mid-Size Brewery of the year and Best Brewer of the Year!

Congrats to all our brewery friends for their big wins at this year’s competition!!!

EPIC BREWING COMPANY
Utah Sage Saison – Bronze Medal – Category 6 – Herb & Spice Beer

ROGUE ALES
Hazelnut Brown Nectar – Gold Medal – Category 9 – Specialty Beer

21st AMENDMENT BREWING COMPANY
Bitter American – Bronze Medal – Category 12- Session Beer

THE LOST ABBEY / PORT BREWING
Track 8 – Bronze Medal – Category 14 – Experimental Beer
Hot Rocks Lager – Bronze Medal – Category 16 – Indigenous Beer
Red Poppy – Silver Medal – Category 19 – American-Style Sour Ale
Saint’s Devotion – Gold Medal – Category 70 – Belgian and French-Style Ale

NEW PLANET GLUTEN-FREE BEER
Brown Ale – Silver Medal – Category 17 – Gluten Free Beer

GREEN FLASH BREWING COMPANY
Le Freak – Gold Medal – Category 18 – American-Belgo-Style Ale
Trippel – Gold Medal – Category 72 – Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
Silva Stout – Silver Medal – Category 23 – Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout

CISCO BREWERS
Lady of the Woods – Gold Medal – Category 24 – Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

TROEGS BREWING COMPANY * Mid-Size Brewery of the Year!
Sunshine Pils – Gold Medal – Category 29 – German-Style Pilsener
Dreamweaver Wheat – Gold Medal – Category 60 – South German-Style Hefeweizen
Hopback Amber Ale – Gold Medal – Category 54 – American-Style Amber/Red Ale

SUMMIT BREWING COMPANY
Pilsener – Silver Medal – Category 30 – Bohemian-Style Pilsener

FULL SAIL BREWING COMPANY
Session Lager – Silver Medal – Category 31 – Munich-Style Helles
Session Black – Bronze Medal – Category 39 – American-Style Dark Lager

OLD DOMINION BREWING COMPANY
Oktoberfest – Bronze Medal – Category 36 – German-Style Marzen

BEAR REPUBLIC BREWING COMPANY
Cafe Racer 15 – Silver Medal – Category 53 – Imperial India Pale Ale
Peter Brown Tribute Ale – Bronze Medal – Category 74 – Brown Porter

ELYSIAN BREWING COMPANY
Men’s Room Original Red Ale – Silver Medal – Category 57 – Ordinary or Special Bitter

LEFT HAND BREWING COMPANY
Sawtooth Ale – Bronze Medal – Category 57 – Ordinary or Special Bitter

YARDS BREWING COMPANY
Extra Special Ale – Bronze Medal – Category 58 – Extra Special Bitter

AVERY BREWING COMPANY
White Rascal – Silver Medal – Category 68 – Belgian-Style Witbier

THE BRUERY
Sans Pagale – Bronze Medal – Category 71- Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale
The Papier – Silver Medal – Category 83 – Old Ale or Strong Ale

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