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September 21, 2010

Beer Diary:

Midwest Winners at the 2010 GABF

A rundown of the Midwest’s winners, placers, and showers at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival.
by Eddie Glick

I like my beer like my women: pale, strong, full-bodied, and extremely bitter.
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Once again none of us here at BeerDorks.com made it out to Colorado to attend the Great American Beer Fest. And, once again, I’ll express my (mostly slight) cynicism at this whole affair of picking out three beers among dozens of incredible beers and doling out medals for the three “best” entries in oftentimes arbitrary style categories. (Not to mention, one must question the validity of any contest that gives a non-sarcastic gold medal to Hamm’s.)

BUT, I don’t want my cynicism to take anything away from the accomplishments of the brewers that received medals (and even those that didn’t). They do, in fact, deserve recognition for their beers (except 312 Urban Wheat—blech), and we at BeerDorks.com would like to congratulate this year’s winners. For the next five minutes, drinks are on me.

Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI
Point Horizon Wheat, Gold—American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast

Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL
312 Urban Wheat Ale, Gold—English-Style Summer Ale

New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, WI
Raspberry Tart, Bronze—Fruit Beer

Summit Brewing Co., Saint Paul, MN
Summit Extra Pale Ale, Silver—Classic English-Style Pale Ale

Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Co., Akron, OH
Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale, Gold—Field Beer

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Dexter, MI
Belipago, Gold—Specialty Beer

Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, North Olmsted, OH
Head Hunter IPA, Silver—American-Style India Pale Ale

Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI
Endurance IPA Jr., Silver—Session Beer

The Brew Kettle Production Works, Strongsville, OH
Red Eye PA, Silver—Imperial Red Ale

Short’s Brewing Co., Bellaire, MI
Key Lime Pie, Gold—Experimental Beer

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Warren, MI
Simcoe Silly, Silver—American-Belgo-Style Ale

Big Rock Chop House & Brewery, Birmingham, MI
American Brown Ale, Bronze—American-Style Brown Ale

Big Rock Chop House & Brewery, Birmingham, MI
Go Figure, Silver—American-Style India Black Ale

Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL
Bourbon County Brand Stout, Bronze—Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout

Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Galesburg, MI
Bell’s Expedition Stout, 1995, Bronze—Aged Beer

Columbus Brewing Co., Columbus, OH
Summer Teeth, Bronze—Kellerbier/Zwickelbier

Capital Brewery Co., Inc., Middleton, WI
Capital Weizen Doppelbock, Bronze—German-Style Wheat Ale

Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL
Domaine DuPage, Bronze—Belgian- and French-Style Ale

Titletown Brewing Co., Green Bay, WI
Boathouse Pilsner, Gold—Bohemian-Style Pilsener

Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI
Nectar Des Dieux, Gold—Belgian-Style Abbey Ale

Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Golden Slumber, Silver—Belgian-Style Abbey Ale

Flossmoor Station, Flossmoor, IL
Pullman Brown, Bronze—Brown Porter

Three Floyds Brewing Co, LLC, Munster, IN
Munsterfest, Bronze—German-Style Märzen

August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, MN
Schell’s Oktoberfest, Silver—American-Style Amber Lager

Weasel Boy Brewing Co., Zanesville, OH
Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout—Bronze—American-Style Amber Lager

Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Dominator Dopplebock, Bronze—German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Warren, MI
Fourth Dementia Olde Ale, Gold—Old Ale or Strong Ale

Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI Curmudgeon, Silver—Old Ale or Strong Ale

The Brew Kettle Production Works, Strongsville, OH
Jack Hammer, Bronze—Barley Wine-Style Ale





Comments
...so many great beers, so little time.
Can you believe some people ONLY drink a single brand of commercial beer?
posted by Rings | October 7, 2010, 4:35 PM
Well said Rings... when you really try to think about the people that down Miller High Life by the case, it makes your head hurt. So many quality brews right here in our backyard. HOWEVER... I don't know how seriously we should take these "World Beer Cups", "GABFs", etc. Some great brews on that list for sure, but they also gave a gold medal to the tasteless swill known as Goose Island 312. It really makes you wonder just how much stock to put into these awards.
posted by Nigel | October 7, 2010, 7:11 PM
Like any "contest" with judges, results have to be taken with a little bit of skepticism as prejudices, trends, and varying opinions can certainly influence results. However, any of the "winners" can certainly be judged as a quality brews and worthy of a sample.
posted by Rings | October 11, 2010, 2:03 PM

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