I came very close to going to the Great American Beer Festival this year. Well, as a lifelong Cubs fan I’ve become very practiced in saying, “there’s always next year.”
Anyway, I just got around to reading the list of winners (PDF). Some things that stood out:
- Category: 29 American-Style Lager or Premium Lager
Bronze: Totally Naked, New Glarus Brewing Co, New Glarus, WI
- Chuckanut Brewery (Bellingham, Washington), the well-deserved small brewpub of the year, brought home plenty of hardware. Two gold medals were for their Dunkel and Vienna lagers. They also took silvers for their Pilsner and Schwarzbier. Brewing world-class lagers in a brewpub is no easy task, but experienced brewer Will Kemper has proven up to the task.
- My friend Nate keeps raving about Troegs Brewing Company (Harrisburg, PA). The justified his love by taking the bock gold, American stout silver, and German pilsner bronze. Though apparently the Nugget Nectar that Nate loves so much was nowhere to be found.