List of 2021 Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers Winners

List of 2021 Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers Winners
FoBAB 2021

I have so much to write right now, that I’m just posting this quick list of the medal winners in the 2021 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers, also known simply as FoBAB (but not FoWaBAB, which may be a good thing).

The 19th edition of the festival took place November 12 and 13 at Chicago’s Credit Union 1 Arena. Although attendance was limited and the event was kept to just two sessions, over 160 breweries from across the country have submitted their rarest, most exclusive wood and barrel-aged beer, cider, mead and perry for judging.

The event is held as a fundraiser for Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Winning brews were determined by a panel of industry leaders and certified judges evaluate all beer, cider, mead, and perry featured at FoBAB, awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals, and Best of Show.

Medals were awarded in 11 categories, all featuring libations dispensed by gravity from casks, instead of force carbonation.

Best of Show

BEST OF SHOW Resident Culture Brewing (Charlotte, NC)Sympathetic 
BEST OF SHOW – Runner Up Revolution Brewing Co. (Chicago, IL)V.S.O.J.

Strong Porter Stout

GOLD Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (CA)Double Barrel Parabola
SILVER Hailstorm Brewing Co. Vlad vs Zombie vs Shark
BRONZE Breakside Brewery (OR)Breakside Plunderphonics

Specialty Strong/Porter Stout 

GOLD Werk Force Brewing Co. Double Barrel Sleepy Bear
SILVER Short Fuse Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Precious Little Treats
BRONZE Cerebral Brewing (CO)Mysterious Forces (Blend 1)


GOLD Revolution Brewing V.S.O.J.
SILVER Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project (CO)Double Oaked Cognac Grow Old With You
BRONZEMilwaukee Brewing Co. (WI)Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine

Other Pale Beer 

GOLD 10 Barrel Brewing (Bend – West Side) (OR)Peach Deface
SILVER Pollyanna Brewing Co. – Lemont Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Orenda Volume 03
BRONZE Black Horizon Brewing Co. Gin Barrel Aged Stand and Deliver

Other Strong Beer

GOLD Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.Rum Barrel Belgian Strong
SILVER Taxman Brewing Co. (IN)Bourbon Barrel Qualified
BRONZE Mark Twain Brewing Co. (MO)A Wee Bit Foggy

Fruit Beer 

GOLD Cruz Blanca Cervecería Barbarose
SILVER Will County Brewing Co. Caramel Apple Tripel – Appleton Estate Jamacian Rum
BRONZE Alter Brewing Co. Vanilla Blood


GOLD Iowa Brewing Co. (IA)The Manhattan Project
SILVER Sun King Brewery (IN)    Soul Shakedown Party      
BRONZE Taxman Brewing Co.Imperial Bean Counter

Wild Beer/Brett  

GOLD Wolf’s Ridge Brewing – Pub (OH)Terre du Sauvage Green
SILVER Lupulin Brewing Co. (MN)Boris v.1
BRONZE Blackberry Farm Brewery (TN)Foeder Classic

Wild Mixed Culture Beer (Acidic) Sours

GOLD Resident Culture Brewing (NC)Sympathetic
SILVER Hopewell Brewing Co. Arrow of Time (Blend 002)
BRONZE Bhramari Brewing Co. (NC)Arcane Priestess

Wild Mixed CultureBeer (Acidic) Sours with Fruit

GOLD Whiskey Hill Brewing Co. Solar Fusion
SILVER Noon Whistle Brewing Gimbels
BRONZE Penrose Brewing Co.Cellar Reserve: Boysenberry


GOLD Misbeehavin’ MeadsCaramel App`le Cider aged in bourbon barrels
SILVER Tin City Cider (CA)Earl Simmons
BRONZE Angry Orchard (NY)Still

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