Reviews, Commentary and Opinions on Midwest Craft Beer and Microbreweries

October 14, 2013

Beer Diary:

Midwest Winners At The 2013 Great American Beer Festival

For those who got in, at least.
by Eddie Glick

I like my beer like my women: pale, strong, full-bodied, and extremely bitter.
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Another year, another round of medals to virtually every type of beer under the sun. Notice I didn't say craft beer, since the Great American Beer Festival, which is, after all, hosted by the Brewers Association, which does, after all, have the audacity to define what a craft brewer is, gives medals to things like Miller fucking High Life.

But even though that should dilute the significance of winning a medal at the GABF—along with the fact that not every craft brewery that wanted to got in this year— I don't want to take anything away from the brewers that scored some gold, silver, and/or bronze out in Denver this year. Because that'd make me an asshole, which I am definitely not. Right?

So the list of Midwest winners is below. See the full list of winners here. Congrats, all you craft brewers, and keep up the good beer!

BrickStone Brewery, Bourbonnais, Illinois
BrickStone Belgo-APA, Gold—American-Belgo-Style Ale

Ram Restaurant and Brewery, Wheeling, Illinois
Barrel-Aged Frostbite Lager, Silver—Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
Bavarian Sun, Silver—German-Style Wheat Ale

Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, Illinois
Ebel's Weiss, Silver—South German-Style Hefeweizen

Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana
Afternoon Delight, Gold—Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

Three Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, Indiana
Blot Out the Sun, Gold—Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
Permanent Funeral, Silver—Imperial India Pale Ale

Ram Restaurant and Brewery, Indianapolis, Indiana
Anaheim IPA, Silver—Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer

New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, Michigan
Pilgrim's Dole, Gold—Old Ale or Strong Ale
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Smaug's Breath, Silver—Experimental Beer

Bell's Brewery, Galesburg, Michigan
Sparkleberry Ale, Bronze—Fruit Beer

Detroit Beer Co., Detroit, Michigan
XX Dwarf, Bronze—Other Strong Beer

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Twisted Trace, Silver—Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

Summit Brewing Co.St. Paul, , Minnesota
True Brit IPA, Silver—Extra Special Bitter

Surly Brewing Co., Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Pentagram, Bronze—Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, Minnesota
Schell's Oktoberfest, Bronze—American-Style Amber Lager

Samuel Adams - Cincinnati Brewery, Cincinnati, Ohio
Samuel Adams Double Bock, Gold—German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock

Fat Heads Brewery, Middleburg Heights, Ohio
Hop JuJu, Gold—Imperial India Pale Ale
Trail Head, Silver—Fresh Hop Ale
Black Knight, Silver—German-Style Schwarzbier

Yellow Springs Brewery, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Smokin' Handsome, Silver—Smoke Beer

Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio
Christian Moerlein Emancipator, Silver—German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock

Hoppin' Frog Brewing Co., Akron, Ohio
Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher, Bronze—Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout

Market Garden Brewery, Cleveland, Ohio
Progress Pilsner, Bronze—Kellerbier or Zwickelbier

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. (fully owned by MillerCoors), Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler, Gold—German-Style Kölsch
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark, Silver—American-Style Dark Lager

New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, Wisconsin
American Blackberry Sour Ale, Gold—Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale
Serendipity, Silver—Fruit Beer

Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Miller High Life, Silver—American-Style Lager or Light Lager

Today is the feast day of St. Arnold, patron saint of beer.

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