Area winners at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival

Area winners at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival
Charlie Papazian, founder of the Association of Brewers and the Great American Beer Festival, presents medals at the GABF compeititon.

The Chicago region was once again well represented at the 2012 Great American beer Festival, held this week at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Area brewers swept all three medals in the highly contested American Pale Ale category, and homebrewer Scott Pointon took a silver in the ProAm competition.

Brewer Beer Category Style Entries Medal
5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Bedford Park, IL 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier 4 Fruit Wheat Beer 38 Bronze
Brickstone Brewery, Bourbonnais, IL Brickstone APA 50 American-Style Pale Ale 109 Gold
DESTIHL, Normal, IL Strawberry Blonde Ale 3 Fruit Beer 58 Bronze
Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL India Pale Ale 48 English-Style India Pale Ale 54 Gold
Piece Brewery, Chicago The Weight 50 American-Style Pale Ale 109 Silver
Revolution Brewing, Chicago Cross of Gold 46 English-Style Summer Ale 38 Gold
A Little Crazy 18 American-Belgo-Style Ale 71 Bronze
Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN Pappy Van Muckle 22 Wood-and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer 103 Silver
Three Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, IN Zombie Dust 50 American-Style Pale Ale 109 Bronze
Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL Domaine DuPage 70 Belgian- and French-Style Ale 68 Bronze
Ebel’s Weiss 66 South German-Style Hefeweizen 70 Silver
Upland Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN Sour Reserve 71 Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale 42 Gold

2012 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition
Silver: Pointon’s Proper – An English Mild. RAM Restaurant and Brewery – Wheeling, Wheeling, IL
Brewmaster: Lanny Fetzer, AHA Member: Scott Pointon (Brewers of South Suburbia)

Brewpub Group and Brewpub Group Brewer of the Year (Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group): Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, Madison, WI. Rob LoBreglio

Here’s a list of other medaling beers that are available locally. I’ve surely omitted some, but thought it would be interesting.

#4 Fruit Wheat Beer, 38 Entries
Silver: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Chippewa Falls, WI

#5 Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer, 63 Entries
Gold: Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI
Silver: Anaheim IPA, RAM Restaurant and Brewery – Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

#15 Fresh Hop Ale, 34 Entries
Gold: Estate Homegrown Ale, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA

#17 Gluten-Free Beer, 20 Entries
Silver: Brown, New Planet Beer Co., Boulder, CO

#18 American-Belgo-Style Ale, 71 Entries
Gold: Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

#23 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout, 65 Entries
Fourteen Fourteen, Central Waters Brewing Co., Amherst, WI

#28 American-Style or International-Style Pilsener, 26 Entries
Silver: Redhook Pilsner, Redhook Brewery Woodinville, Woodinville, WA

#30 Bohemian-Style Pilsener, 53 Entries
Silver: Summit Grand Pilsener, Summit Brewing Co., St. Paul, MN

#33 American-Style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager, 51 Entries
Gold: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA (No longer listing Woodridge as its home)
Silver: Miller Lite, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI
Bronze: Keystone Light, Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO

#34 American-Style Specialty Lager or Cream Ale or Lager, 34 Entries
Silver: Old Style, Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA
Bronze: Mickey’s Malt Liquor, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI

#36 German-Style Märzen, 69 Entries
Gold: Shiner Oktoberfest, Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX

#37 American-Style Amber Lager, 45 Entries
Gold: Point Oktoberfest, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI

#39 American-Style Dark Lager, 12 Entries
Gold: Shiner Bock, Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX

#40 German-Style Schwarzbier, 32 Entries
Gold: Shiner Bohemian Black Lager, Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX
Silver: Baba, Uinta Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT

#42 German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock, 19 Entries
Silver: Samuel Adams Double Bock, Boston Beer Co. – Samuel Adams, Cincinnati Brewery, Cincinnati, OH

#53 Imperial India Pale Ale, 128 Entries
Bronze: Double Jack, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

#54 American-Style Amber/Red Ale, 87 Entries
Silver: Fixed Gear American Red Ale, Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI
Bronze: Winterhook, Redhook Brewery, Woodinville, Woodinville, WA

#57 Ordinary or Special Bitter, 37 Entries
Gold: DBA, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
Bronze: Sawtooth Ale, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO

#63 American-Style Black Ale, 61 Entries
Gold: Wookey Jack, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

#68 Belgian-Style Witbier, 50 Entries
Gold: ZON, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
Silver: White Rascal, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO

#72 Belgian-Style Abbey Ale, 86 Entries
Gold: Green Flash Trippel, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Nearly 50,000 attendees, judges, brewers and volunteers attended the three-day event, including 578 brewers pouring 36,000 gallons of beer, according to the Brewers Association. 676 breweries were entered into the competition representing 48 states, Guam and Washington, D.C., including 154 First-time entrants into the competition. The judging covered 84 categories, representing 134 distinct beer styles, including, for the first time “Fresh Hop Ales.”

Five different three-hour judging sessions take place over the three-day period during the week of the festival. Judges are assigned beers to evaluate in their specific area of expertise and never judge their own product or any product in which they have a concern.

This is the 31st year for the Great American Beer Festival.

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  • Good stuff. I kinda dug Revolution's Cross of Gold when i tried it, though friends tried to persuade me otherwise. Also good to see 5 Rabbit and Two Brothers show up. They do solid work.

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