And just like that ... it's over. Awards are handed out, and everyone come on home.
American Style Cream Ale or Lager
-- Silver: Hamm's - MillerCoors, Milwaukee, WI
-- Bronze: Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Pale Ale - MillerCoors, Milwaukee, WI
American Style Hefeweizen
-- Gold: Henry Weinhard's Hefeweizen - MillerCoors, Milwaukee, WI
Gluten Free Beer
-- Silver: New Grist - Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI
Wood and Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Beer
-- Gold: Bourbon Barrel Barleywine - Central Waters Brewing Company, Amherst, WI
-- Bronze: OE 800 - MillerCoors, Milwaukee, WI
American-Style Light Lager
-- Gold: Coors Light - MillerCoors, Milwaukee, WI
-- Bronze: Keystone Light - MillerCoors, Milwaukee, WI
-- [ed note: the silver went to Old Milwaukee]
-- Bronze: Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve - MillerCoors, Milwaukee, WI
American-Style Dark Lager
-- Silver: Leinie's Creamy Dark - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Chippewa Falls, WI
-- Bronze: Henry Weinhard's Classic Dark - MillerCoors, Milwaukee, WI
German-Style Strong Bock
-- Gold: Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery Co., Inc., Middleton, WI
-- Silver: Dells Chief Amber Ale - Dells Brewing Company, Wisconsin Dells, WI
German Style Altbier
-- Silver: Railyard Ale - Titletown Brewing Company, Green Bay, WI
Old Ale or Strong Ale
-- Bronze: Old Scratch Barley Wine '99 - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., Madison, WI
There you have it, your 2008 Great American Beer Fest Winners from Wisconsin. Congratulations to everyone that won. I'll keep my opinions to myself on this one and just leave it at congrats.
I have two comments:
1) What is Henry Weinhard's? Where is it available? I've never heard of it. Have any of you readers ever had any of it?
2) I've got to try the OE 800. Any competition that can give a medal to Old f-in' English is A-OK in my book.
Some notes on perusing the winner's list:
- Anheuser-Busch was Large Brewing Company of the Year despite having gotten bought out this year - guess InBev bought a good brewery, to wit, the item directly below
- Anheuser-Busch swept the American-Style Specialty Lager with the powerhouse lineup of Hurrican High Gravity, Natural Ice, and Busch Ice
- No brewery East of the Mississippi won any of the 'hop' categories - in fact, only Rock Hopera, an Imperial Red Ale, from Vino's Pizza Pub and Brewery in Little Rock, AR was East of Colorado.
- Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery won Gold in the German-Style Marzen category - this was one of the Oktobers that I had wanted to include in our Oktoberfest tasting, but didn't happen.
- Obscure Style Award: Kellerbier/Zwickelbier - all three medalists are in Texas or New Mexico. I've never even heard of these styles. A kellerbier is "an unfiltered lager, usually strongly flavored with aromatic hops." Zwickelbier is a highly effervescent (carbonated) version of the kellerbier.