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Events for Week of February 7, 2011

Spend V Day with some amazing brews at Saraveza- Pic courtesy of portlandmercury.com

What was your beer of choice during the Superbowl? Perhaps something to represent the Mid-West? For us, it was homebrew all the way- Hop Chocolate. But now for your week in beer…

 

 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Silver City’s Whoop Pass Double IPA Event: Seattle, WA

4:00PM-10:00PM @ 74th St. Alehouse

Silver City, a brewery located across the Puget Sound on the Kitsap Peninsula, is coming to the city to show off their Double IPA, Whoop Pass. Stop by the 74th St. Alehouse and grab a pint.

 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dogfish Head Night: Limerick, Pennsylvania

6:00PM-12:00AM @ Craft Ale House

Get Ready! Go! DOGFISH HEAD!

60 Minute IPA
75 Minute IPA – firkin
90 Minute IPA
**120 Minute IPA ’09
**Red & White
**Black & Blue
Sah’tea
Theobroma
**Midas Touch
Indian Brown Ale
**World Wide Stout
Raison D’Etre (being poured through Randall the Enamel Animal filled with …)
and maybe more.

I’ve double starred my favorites.

 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Heavy Seas Beer Dinner: Cambridge, Maryland

7:00PM-9:00PM @ Blue Point

For $60.00 you get a 5 course dinner paired with deliciously amazing Heavy Seas beers. Here is the menu- get ready to droooool.

he Menu (subject to change)

Heavy Seas Classic Lager paired with Oysters Bingo

Heavy Seas Gold Ale paired with Rock Shrimp & Corn Fritters, Smoked Paprika Aioli

Heavy Seas Marzen paired with Baked Ziti With Italian Sausage, Marinara and Parmesan

Loose Cannon paired with Loose Cannon Braised Short Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Root Vegetables

Siren Noire paired with Chocolate Bread Pudding, Caramel Anglaise

 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Chocolate Beer Craziness: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

5:00PM-8:00PM @ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Check out Iron Hill Brewery‘s line up of chocolate inspired beers. Beer and chocolate, pretty much my two favorite things.

Overload Stout served on nitro
Shokolad Stout served on cask
Oompa Loompa Stout served on nitro
Cowabunga Porter
Bourbon-aged Cowabunga

Plus – complimentary chocolate treats from our kitchen for mug club members.

 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pizza Port 2nd Annual Brewbies: Carlsbad, California

12:00PM-5:00PM @ Pizza Port Carlsbad

Pizza Port Presents its 2nd Annual Brewbies festival! Benefitting the Keep A Breast organization (a local breast cancer awareness organization)! Brewbies is a beer festival for boobies!! 25-30 local and regional beers February 12th, 2011 from noon to 5pm at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Buy your tickets online in advance for $25 or at the door for $30. Ticket includes (4)6oz tasters, collectors glass, I love Boobies Bracelet and (1) raffle ticket. Additional tasters and raffle tickets are $1 each. 100% of the proceeds are donated to breast cancer awareness.

 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Imperial Stout v. Imperial IPA: Plymouth, Massachusetts

12:00PM-5:00PM @ British Beer Company

This is a tough one- two amazing styles head to head- Imperial Stout vs Imperial IPA: a tag team match-up between Dogfish Head Bitches Brew and NE Brewing Co Imperial Stout Trooper vs Sierra Nevada Hoptimum and Dogfish 90 min IPA run through the Randall stuffed with fresh hops and grapefruit peel.

 

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Beery Valentine: Portland, Oregon

5:00PM-9:00PM @ Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern

Brewpublic’s 2nd Annual My Beery Valentine offers a variety of unique, specialty, and one-of-a-kind craft beers with sweethearts and sweettooths in mind.
Pouring on this night:

* Block 15 Love Potion #9

* Cascade Chocolate Raspberry

* Double Mountain Bonne Idée Avec Kriek

* Fort George Bourbon BBL Cavatica

* Fort George Murky Pearl Oyster Stout

* Ninkasi Vanilla Oatis

* Oakshire Heart Shaped Box

* Upright Blend Love

Saraveza will also feature special treats courtesy of Sugar Pimp to pair with these delicious brews.

This event is open to the public. No tickets sold, just show up. It is recommended that you arrive early. For full descriptions of the beers listed, visit  http://brewpublic.com/events

 

If you would like us to promote an event or want to comment about an event that you went to, please leave a comment or email me at jess@beerblotter.com! Cheers!

 

The Good, The Not So Good and The Awesome from Pumpkin Beer Fest 2010

Pumpkin beers @ Elysian's Great Pumpkin Beer Fest 2010

As soon as I flipped my calendar to October, I immediately began to have thoughts of pumpkin beers. The countdown began to the weekend of October 16 and Elysian Brewing Co.’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest. High profile names were released a couple of weeks before the event- Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin, Avery and Allagash. I could barely contain myself as thoughts of pumpkins danced in my head.

Pumpkin beers are an interesting breed. I find that people are disappointed when the beer doesn’t ooze pumpkin flavor. Although the juice of this large gourd does tickle my taste buds, I find the balance of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice just as tantalizing. Pumpkin beers are experimental and open for innovative interpretation which is why this particular beer fest is one I cannot miss.

Dick Cantwell, head brewer and owner of Elysian Brewing Co. is at the forefront of pumpkin beers. Not only does Dick host this event at his brewery’s Capital Hill location, he brews not one but eight (or more) pumpkin beers for this special weekend.

Elysian Pumpkin beers:

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, The Great Pumpkin, Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout, Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pilsner, Kaiser Kurbis Pumpkin Hefeweizen, PK-47 Pumpkin Malt Liquor, Jack-O-Bite and Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin Ale

Enough introduction, the time has come and gone. We have enjoyed, tasted and conquered all that is the Great Pumpkin Beer Fest. There were beers to remember, beers that didn’t live up to our expectations, glorious weather and hassles of space. The Good,The Not So Good and The Awesome of Elysian’s 6th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Fest:

The Good

     

  • The event takes place outside and today it was sunny and crisp out. Elysian was decorated with mounds of hay, pumpkins and corn stalks. If this doesn’t put you in a festive autumn mood, then there is something seriously wrong with you. SERIOUSLY.
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  • The taster glass is a 4 oz (glass) snifter with an evil pumpkin face. This creative glassware is coveted by beer fest goers all around Seattle.
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  • Beers from all over the country: California, Michigan, Delaware, Massachusetts, Washington and more!
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  • Silver City’s Punk Rauchen - a pumpkin rauchbier where instead of smoking the barley like a traditional German style rauchbier they smoked pumpkins for 6 hours over apple-wood. This beer tastes like sausage, as most rauchbiers do, but also has an earthy smoothness that I attribute to the pumpkins.
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  • Snipes Mountain Pumpkin Death Stout- first of all, I am really into Snipes Brewing Co. and think they produce only top-notch beers. This is no exception. I always get excited when I see pumpkin infused stouts because I love stouts and I am always curious to see if the brewer is able to bring the pumpkin flavors and spices to the forefront of a style that is already overwhelmed with roasted malt flavors. Pumpkins do not inherently have a lot of flavor and here, in the Pumpkin Death Stout it is minimal. The beer however is very enjoyable, smooth and creamy.
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  • Elysian Brewing Co.’s Jack-O-Bite- we were pleasantly surprised by this beer which is  a pumpkin ale aged in Jack Daniels barrels. This beer had a bite and lived up to its name. It had warming qualities and the spices were reminiscent of a winter ale. Delicious.
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The Not So Good

     

  • Planning  a huge event is no easy task. Debriefing is proactive and there is always room for improvement. We hope that the Great Pumpkin Beer Fest will someday celebrate its 25th Annual fest. The Great Pumpkin Fest has outgrown the parking lot of the brewery. Within 30 minutes of opening the flood gates, there was barely room to stand. Problem solver: expand to all three Elysian venues, although this might complicate the logistics, it would spread the crowd. Another option would be to expand to the park across the street or to some other space that is connected to the brewery.
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  • Long lines-Due to the large number of people, there were very long lines to get your beers. Although these lines moved rather quickly, the lines, no matter what station, were around 30 people deep. A lot of people I spoke to would just get a beer and get back on line for the next one on their list. Problem solver: Instead of having 1 person pouring 2-4 beers, have 2-3 people pouring at each station. People love to volunteer to pour at events- tap into these willing beer lovers.
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  • Confusion about what line led to what station. Due to the small space, lines crossed each other and merged into the masses. I found myself accidentally waiting on line for the wrong station on a couple of occasions. This would be alleviated by the two suggestions above.
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  • No food outside. Now, I understand that it would be too much to staff the outside area.  Problem Solver: Instead of sending wait staff out to take and deliver orders, hire an outside vendor. Something simple will do, such as a sausage stand or roasted corn.  People are there for the beer, not food necessarily. However, it would be nice to stay outside, enjoying the fest while getting something in your stomach, especially because the inside was packed full of people sitting and enjoying their meal.

The Awesome

 

Besides the Good and the few tiny Not So Goods, there are some AWESOMES! Please note: all of the awesomeness are beer related. I did not get to try all of the beers, as I am only human and not all of the beers were pouring during my visit.

  • Elysian’s Great Pumpkin- If you recall earlier in this article when I discuss the average beer drinker’s expectations of pumpkin beers having an easily detected pumpkin flavor, well this is the beer that hits it out of the park. One sip and its as though you are drinking pumpkin juice. It isn’t very sweet, it is slightly bitter, thick in texture and pumpkin to the core. No wonder this festival is named after the beer (or vice versa).


    The beers provided all of the awesome highlights!

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  • Iron Hill’s Bruce Camp Ale- their Imperial Pumpkin Ale aged in bourbon barrels was my introduction to this Pennsylvania brewery and man, am I impressed. Caramel in color with a bubble gum, sweet liquor scent. The thick mouth-feel creates a sensation as if there are sugar crystals are melting into your taste buds. As the flavor profile develops, the bourbon sweetness transitions into a slight funk. As the beer warms, the transition become smoother, just like a stiff bourbon drink.
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  • Russian River’s Pumpkin Sour- As I crossed the threshold into the pouring area, I quickly scanned the signs for Russian River. A quintessential Vinny sour with a citrus scent, it tasted like Temptation infused with spices. The sourness was bold and the spices complemented the citrus tartness.
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  • Jolly Pumpkin’s La Parcela- this sour beer aged in American oak with added coco was more earthy than tart (I generally expect more tartness from a sour ale. The smell was hypnotic with a combination of cinnamon and apples warming my soul. A smooth body with mellow flavors that begin to intensify as the sip develops. A harvest spice paired with earthy flavors followed by a subtle sweetness.
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What a great day– one that will go down in infamy. There were unexpected breweries that produced exemplary beers, weather was on our side (for once) and the love of beer in the air was palpable.

 

Top 25 Breweries to Check Out at GABF, Part 1

September 3, 2010 6 comments

"Great" is in the name for a reason.

The 29th edition of the Great American Beer Festival is just 2 weeks away.  Sadly, I’m not going to make it this year.  Even sadder, I’ve never made it.  It’s on my bucket list, I assure you, but I can only really afford one big trip a year and the last few years…well, it didn’t make the cut for one reason or another.  I already took my trip this year.  I went to Belgium.  I think that that’s a pretty good excuse.

But, just because I’m not going doesn’t mean that I can’t pretend.  I’ve decided to make a list of the 25 breweries that I would visit at the fest if I where going.  Hopefully, this will be of assistance to some of our readers out there that are going.  Of course, this list is strongly influenced by my beer experiences, which are most likely very different from yours.  Maybe you grew up in WI and have had all the New Glarus you can handle.  That’s OK, but I have had a very minimal experience with NGB and given that it is a very well-respected brewery with minimal distribution, I’d visit their booth.  Just a small example of the way this will go down.

Considering that there are roughly 460 breweries pouring at the fest, one needs to develop a game plan.  Otherwise, ones head would likely explode.  My general rule would be to make sure that all of the brewery’s booths that I visit fit into 1 of 3 main categories.

These categories are as follows:

1) Breweries whose product I have never tasted, due to never living or visiting within the distribution area, and whose product is met with great respect in the beer community.  Breweries who I may have never heard a “buzz” about before but have been big winners in past GABFs would also fit into this category.

2) Breweries whose product I have tasted before, but whose product is met with such a profound respect in the beer community that I would desire to drink said product at anytime, anywhere.

3) Breweries whose product I have tasted before in my time living and drinking in the Northeast, but are either missed greatly by me or have released new products since my departure that I have not yet tasted.

With as many breweries as are attending this year’s fest, these rules alone would by no means whittle the list down to 25.  I’ll tell you right now that I will be forced, quite painfully I may add, to leave some true gems off the list, but no one ever said it was easy to make lists like this.  Here’s my first 10 choices, in no particular order.

New Glarus Brewing Co. – I mentioned these guys above so I might as well put them on here first.  NGB only distributes to WI.  That makes it a bit of a challenge for a lot of us to get.  Thanks to a good friend’s willingness to share, I was able to taste a few of the standard releases about a month ago.  They were quality brews with great ratings from the community, but it’s their rarities that really put NGB up on a pedestal.  If they were pouring Raspberry Tart I just might get in line twice.

Dry Dock Brewing Co. – This is a very small brewpub out of Aurora, CO but it was awarded the Small Brewery of the Year at last year’s GABF.  That’s enough to pique my interest.

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. – I hope to visit this Michigan brewery in December when I visit my girlfriend’s family.  Their Raspberry Eisbock and 4th Dementia Old Ale are both subject to a cult following in the beer community.  These are two of my favorite styles and I would have a hard time coming up with many beers in the world that I want to get my hands on more.

Foothills Brewing – This North Carolina brewery is mostly famous for their imperial stout called Sexual Chocolate.  Not only is it massively hyped on the internets, but it won the bronze metal last year in the Impy Stout category.  That gives it some pretty respectable cred if you ask me.  Timperial wants.

Pizza Port/Port Brewing/Lost Abbey – This is Tomme Arthur’s world.  Tomme is a living beer legend for a reason.  I’d steer more toward the Pizza Port offerings simply because I have not tasted their particular brand of grog.  There are four different Pizza Port locations that enter beer, and they all seem to do very well in the competition.  I’d lean more toward the San Clemente and Calsbad locales.

McKenzie Brew House – Even the biggest beer junkies in the West may have never heard of this one.  It’s actually in Glen Mills, PA which is the town that I grew up in.  The “town” (no actual downtown) is so small that I very rarely tell people that I grew up there in order to combat the blank stare that I would no doubt receive.  I just tell people that I grew up in West Chester, PA because there is at least a remote chance that they would have heard of that one.  Anyway, this is not only on the list because it fits into category 3 above but because they have been winning a bunch of awards lately.  Check them out, you won’t be disappointed.

Iron Hill Brewery – Another small brew pub that is near and dear to my heart from back east.  I’d venture to say that these guys make some of the best beer I’ve ever had.  Not a single trip back home will pass without a stop here.  Seattleites just may have sampled some of their product at Elysian’s Pumpkin Fest.

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery – I couldn’t really name one particular reason to check these guys out, I just know that I have read about them for various reasons for quite some time now.  Another very high quality brewer from North Carolina.

Cigar City Brewing – If you have never heard of Cigar City, you need to read more.  These guys are absolutely blowing up the world of craft brewing right now, and they are still super new.  If I could get a little bit personal with you for just one moment.  I have a goal that I’m working toward.  That goal is to open my own brewery in the next few years (I know, aren’t I just so unique).   With this in mind, I am constantly analyzing breweries – learning from their positive and negative attributes.  There are two American craft breweries that have opened in the past few years that exploded in popularity right from the onset.  Obviously, I want my brewery to open in such a way as well.  Tampa, FL’s Cigar City and the next brewery on my list are two businesses that should be analyzed by all future entrepreneurs.

The Bruery – I feel like we talk these guys up on the blog all the time.  These guys are amongst the top ten breweries in America, hands down.  I really shouldn’t have to go into it any deeper.

I have 15 more to choose, so check back frequently in the waning days of the pre-GABF calendar.

World Beer Cup 2010: And the Winner is…

April 12, 2010 2 comments

The World Beer Cup showcases the world's best brewers - here are the champs at this year's event

Here at Beer Blotter, we are very much aware that there are countless online sources for beer news, and that chances are high that if you read us, you probably read others.  It is for this reason that we try to create something unique, and we often find it pointless to report on the biggest, most obvious news in beer.  You will probably read those stories on beernews.org or something long before we could get around to posting it (since we all have day jobs to keep up with).

But…the World Beer Cup is, in our opinion, the only competition in the world of beer to rivals the Great American Beer Fest (GABF) for supremacy when it comes to that never-ending search for the world’s best beer in 90 style catagories, so here is the skinny, from your favorite botter-ers.

This year, 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. states vied for awards with 3,351 beers entered in 90 beer style categories.  In the fashion of the Olympics, the entries in each category were vying for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Now my question is, who were the judges and how can I become one?  That sounds like the sweetest job on Earth, except for maybe if I was only assigned to style categories 1, 22, 34, 35, 38…you get the idea (if you look below).  When PBR and In-Bev are raking in awards in the category, I don’t think the craft breweries are paying much attention to that style.

It is interesting though, on the topic of judges, that 62% of them came from outside the U.S. for this competition.  Maybe we are in need of some talent here at home?  Start exercising those pallets!

First, the Champion Brewery and Brewer Awards – I couldn’t find any details on how large the large brewery has to be to be considered for that award, but from what I’ve seen through the years, the winners in this category are normally very large, “macro” breweries.  The other four awards are huge in the beer industry.  Firestone Walker has now won the mid-sized brewery of the year award for the third time.  That is a truly remarkable feat.  You should not have a single ounce of regret spending your hard earned money on their beer.  Everything that they make is good, and the world has recognized that.  Many, many respects to the people at Firestone!

Large Brewing Company Category

Asia Pacific Breweries Limited, Singapore

APB Brewing Team

Mid-Size Brewing Company Category

Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, CA

Matthew Brynildson

Small Brewing Company Category

Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA

Ballast Point Brewers

Large Brewpub Category

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Iron Hill Brewery Team

Small Brewpub Category

Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Roseland, VA

Jason Oliver

Now onto the individual awards – we have entered in the number of entrants to each category for you.  It is interesting to note that Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer had the most entrants (115 entrants, category 17), followed by Herb and Spice or Chocolate Beer (109 entrants, category 6).  I wouldn’t have guest that, but it speaks to the intrepid nature of craft brewers in America and beyond.  A true testament to why we all have such reverie for the great men and women that are a part of the craft beer movement.

It would be insane of us to not highlight the fact that Redmond, WA’s Black Raven Brewing took home three medals (two gold and one silver)!  These guys are still very new and the fact that a local brewery is bringing home the bacon at such a prestigious competition makes us a bid prideful, and that doesn’t seem to happen as much as it should in Washington.  It is also worth noting that two of their three medals were in the two largest categories mentioned above.  Seattleites, get your ass to Redmond and congratulate them…right now!

Category 1: American-Style Cream Ale or Lager, 17 entries

Gold: Red Dog, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI

Silver: Old Style, Pabst Brewing Co., Woodridge, IL

Bronze: Lone Star, Pabst Brewing Co., Woodridge, IL

Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer, 16 entries

Gold: Shredders Wheat, Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Baker City, OR

Silver: Rockfish Wheat, Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, VA

Bronze: DD Blonde, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Springfield, OR

Category 3: American-Style Wheat Beer with Yeast, 24 entries

Gold: Point Horizon Wheat, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI

Silver: UFO Hefeweizen, Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA

Bronze: Whitetail Wheat, Montana Brewing Co., Billings, MT

Category 4: Rye Beer, 22 entries

Gold: Harvest Moon Rye, Rock Bottom Brewery – Arlington, Arlington, VA

Silver: Rye Bob, The Grumpy Troll Brewery, Restaurant& Pizzeria, Mount Horeb, WI

Bronze: Hoss Rye Lager, Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Category 5: Fruit Beer or Field Beer, 86 entries

Gold: Da’ Yoopers, Rocky Mountain Brewery, Colorado Springs, CO

Silver: Lolita, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL

Bronze: Ephémère Apple, Unibroue, Chambly, Canada

Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer or Chocolate Beer, 109 entries

Gold: Coco Jones Porter, Black Raven Brewing Co., Redmond, WA

Silver: Lemon Grass Wheat Ale, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills, NC

Bronze: Black Licorice Lager, Short’s Brewing Co., Bellaire, MI

Category 7: Coffee Flavored Beer, 47 entries

Gold: Dude! Where’s My Vespa?, Rock Bottom Brewery – Arlington, Arlington, VA

Silver: Addiction, Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, Boulder, CO

Bronze: Morning Bear, Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA

Category 8: Specialty Beer, 27 entries

Gold: Country Girl Kabocha Ale, Baird Brewing Co., Numazu, Japan

Silver: COEDO Beniaka, Coedobrewery Kyodoshoji Corp. Ltd., Kawagoe, Japan

Bronze: Maple Tripple, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Warren, VT

Category 9: Specialty Honey Beer, 27 entries

Gold: Tauras Alus su medumi, UAB “Kalnapilio – Tauro grupė”, Panevezys, Lithuania

Silver: Bracia, Thornbridge Brewery, Bakewell, United Kingdom

Bronze: Cable Car Amber Ale, World Brews, Novato, CA

Category 10: Session Beer, 28 entries

Gold: Polygamy Porter, Utah Brewers Co-Op, Salt Lake City, UT

Silver: Firestone Extra Pale Ale, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Bronze: Guppie Pale Ale, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Chandler, Huntington Beach, CA

Category 11: Other Strong Beer, 44 entries

Gold: Imperial Jack, 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA

Silver: Green Flash Stout, Green Flash Brewing Co., Vista, CA

Bronze: Doug’s Very Noddy 40th Birthday Lager, Buckbean Brewing Co., Reno, NV

Category 12: Experimental Beer, 51 entries

Gold: 100% Brett Autumn Maple, The Bruery, Placentia, CA

Silver: Harvest, Snipes Mountain Brewing Co., Sunnyside, WA

Bronze: Red & White, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

Category 13: Out of Category – Traditionally Brewed Beer, 47 entries

Gold: Fathom IPL, Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Silver: Hot Rocks Lager, Port Brewing Co., San Marcos, CA

Bronze: State Pen Porter, Santa Fe Brewing Co., Santa Fe, NM

Category 14: Gluten Free Beer, 10 entries

Gold: Celia Saison, The Alchemist, Waterbury, VT

Silver: O’Brien Brown Ale, O’Brien Brewing, Bakery Hill, Australia

Bronze: RedBridge, Anheuser-Busch InBev, St. Louis, MO

Category 15: American-Belgo-Style Ale, 46 entries

Silver: Ommegang Biere de Mars, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Bronze: Hop God, Nebraska Brewing Co., Papillion, NE

Category 16: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer, 32 entries

Gold: Bourbon Barrel Aged Piper Down, Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Silver: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co., Lexington, KY

Bronze: Pullman’s Reserve, Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, Flossmoor, IL

Category 17: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer, 113 entries

Gold: The Legend of the Liquid Brain Imperial, Bull & Bush Brewery, Denver, CO

Silver: Barrel Aged La Petite Mort, Black Raven Brewing Co., Redmond, WA

Bronze: Rudolf’s Bourbon Scotch Ale, Rock Bottom Brewery – Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Category 18: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer, 39 entries

Gold: Creeper, SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA

Silver: Rodenbach Vintage, Palm Breweries N.V., Steenhuffel, Belgium

Bronze: White Woods, Cisco Brewers Inc., Nantucket, MA

Category 19: Aged Beer, 20 entries

Gold: Alaskan Smoked Porter 1998, Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK

Silver: Gonzo Imperial Porter Vintage 2007, Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, MD

Bronze: Saint Bob’s Imperial Stout ’06, Il Vicino Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM

Category 20: Kellerbier/Zwickelbier, 32 entries

Gold: Störtebeker Bio “1402”, Stralsunder Brauerei GmbH, Stralsund, Germany

Silver: VIAEMILIA, Birrificio del Ducato, Roncole Verdi, Italy

Bronze: Hell In Keller, Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que, Austin, TX

Category 21: Smoked Beer, 35 entries

Gold: Caldera Rauch Ur Bock, Caldera Brewing Co., Ashland, OR

Silver: Smoke Ale, Rogue Ales, Newport, OR

Bronze: Fujizakura Kogen Beer Rauch Bock, Fujikanko Kaihatsu Co. Ltd., Minamitsuru, Japan

Category 22: European-Style Low-Alcohol Lager/German-Style Leicht(bier), 16 entries

Gold: Falcon Extra Brew 3.5%, Carlsberg Sverige AB, Stockholm, Sweden

Silver: Distelhäuser Leichtes, Distelhäuser Brauerei, Tauberbischofshei, Germany

Bronze: Pripps Blå 3.5%, Carlsberg Sverige AB, Stockholm, Sweden

Category 23: German-Style Pilsener, 69 entries

Gold: Pilsner, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA

Silver: Trumer Pils, Trumer Brauerei, Berkeley, CA

Bronze: Grünten-Pils, Engelbräu Rettenberg, Rettenberg, Germany

Category 24: Bohemian-Style Pilsener, 43 entries

Gold: Golden Pilsner, Morgan Street Brewery, St. Louis, MO

Silver: Gambrinus Excelent, Plzeňský Prazdroj a.s., Plzeň, Czech Republic

Bronze: Velkopopovický KOZEL Premium, Plzeňský Prazdroj a.s., Plzeň, Czech Republic

Category 25: Münchner-Style Helles, 48 entries

Gold: Hoepfner Export, Privatbrauerei Hoepfner GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany

Silver: Zipfer Märzen, Brau Union Österreich AG, Linz, Austria

Bronze: Gordon Biersch Golden Export, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group, Chattanooga, TN

Category 26: Dortmunder/European-Style Export or German-Style Oktoberfest/Wiesen

(Meadow), 42 entries

Gold: Schönramer Gold, Private Landbrauerei Schönram, Petting / Schönram, Germany

Silver: Spezialbier Edel, Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG, Kaufbeuren, Germany

Bronze: Weihnachtsbier, Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Glauner GmbH & Co. KG, Alpirsbach, Germany

Category 27: Vienna-Style Lager, 28 entries

Gold: Schild Brau Amber, Millstream Brewing Co., Amana, IA

Silver: Vienna Lager, The Covey Restaurant & Brewery, Fort Worth, TX

Bronze: Heavy Seas Marzen, Clipper City Brewing Co., Baltimore, MD

Category 28: German-Style Märzen, 28 entries

Gold: Rocktoberfest, Rock Bottom Brewery – Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Silver: Gordon Biersch Marzen, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group, Chattanooga, TN

Bronze: Festus, The SandLot, Denver, CO

Category 29: European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel, 33 entries

Gold: Chuckanut Dunkel, Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA

Silver: Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel, Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg GmbH, Kelheim, Germany

Bronze: Munich Dunkles, Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka, KS

Category 30: German-Style Schwarzbier, 38 entries

Gold: Black Forest Schwarzbier, Squatters Pub Brewery, Salt Lake City, UT

Silver: TAPS Schwarzbier, TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Corona, Corona, CA

Bronze: Schwartz Bier, Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA

Category 31: Traditional German-Style Bock, 25 entries

Gold: Troegenator, Troegs Brewery, Harrisburg, PA

Silver: Sidewinder Bock, Great American Restaurants, Centreville, VA

Bronze: Kollaborator, Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA

Category 32: German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock, 26 entries

Gold: Distelhäuser Frühlingsbock, Distelhäuser Brauerei, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany

Silver: Kalnapilis 7.30, UAB “Kalnapilio – Tauro grupė”, Panevezys, Lithuania

Bronze: Kloster Starkbier, Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Glauner GmbH & Co. KG, Alpirsbach, Germany

Category 33: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock, 43 entries

Gold: Broken Skeg, Breakwater Brewing Co., Oceanside, CA

Silver: Dunkles Bock, Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, WA

Bronze: Dominator Dopplebock, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Category 34: American-Style Lager, 75 entries

Gold: Olympia, Pabst Brewing Co., Woodridge, IL

Silver: National Bohemian, Pabst Brewing Co., Woodridge, IL

Bronze: Coors Light, Coors Brewing Company, Golden, CO

Category 35: American-Style Specialty Lager, 19 entries

Gold: Boulevard Pilsner, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO

Silver: Mickey’s Malt Liquor, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI

Bronze: Colt 45, Pabst Brewing Co., Woodridge, IL

Category 36: American-Style Amber Lager, 24 entries

Gold: Numazu Lager, Baird Brewing Co., Numazu, Japan

Silver: Upland Oktoberfest, Upland Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN

Bronze: Riverwest Stein, Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI

Category 37: American-Style Dark Lager, 12 entries

Gold: Session Black, Full Sail Brewing Co., Hood River, OR

Silver: Durango Dark, Durango Brewing Co., Durango, CO

Bronze: Ben’s Brown, Golden Hills Brewing Co., Reardan, WA

Category 38: Australasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light Lager, 19 entries

Gold: Tiger Crystal, Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd., Singapore

Silver: Quilmes Cristal, Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina

Bronze: Landshark, Anheuser-Busch InBev, St. Louis, MO

Category 39: International-Style Lager, 58 entries

Gold: Tiger Beer, Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd., Singapore

Silver: Gambrinus Svĕtlé, Plzeňský Prazdroj a.s., Plzeň, Czech Republic

Bronze: Egils Polar, Olgerdin Egill Skallagrímsson, Reykjavik, Iceland

Category 40: Baltic-Style Porter, 28 entries

Gold: Danzig, Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA

Silver: 3 Dog Night, Chama River Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM

Bronze: Token, Alpine Beer Co., Alpine, CA

Category 41: Belgian-Style Witbier, 47 entries

Gold: Allagash White, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME

Silver: Ommegang Witte Wheat Ale, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Bronze: Whoop Ass Witbier, Great Basin Brewing Co., Reno, NV

Category 42: Belgian- and French-Style Ale, 57 entries

Gold: Saison Sayuri, Baird Brewing Co., Numazu, Japan

Silver: Saison du Bastone, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI

Bronze: Fluxus ‘09, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME

Category 43: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale, 41 entries

Gold: Troubadour Blond, Brewery The Musketeers, Ursel, Belgium

Silver: Brugse Zot Blond, Brouwerij de Halve Maan, Brugge, Belgium

Bronze: Leffe Blonde, Anheuser-Busch InBev, St. Louis, MO

Category 44: Belgian-Style Sour Ale, 23 entries

Gold: Geuze Mariage Parfait, Brouwerij BOON N.V., Lembeek, Belgium

Silver: Oude Geuze Boon, Brouwerij BOON N.V., Lembeek, Belgium

Bronze: Lambic de Hill, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Wilmington, DE

Category 45: Belgian-Style Flanders/Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale, 20 entries

Gold: Oude Tart, The Bruery, Placentia, CA

Silver: Red Poppy, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA

Bronze: Le Serpent, Snake River Brewing, Jackson, WY

Category 46: Belgian-Style Dubbel, 29 entries

Gold: Ommegang Abbey Ale Dubbel, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Silver: Mad Monk Dubbel, Chicago Brewing Co., Las Vegas, NV

Bronze: Abbey Dubbel, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Wilmington, DE

Category 47: Belgian-Style Tripel, 53 entries

Gold: Daisy Chain Tripel, Chicago Brewing Co., Las Vegas, NV

Silver: Samuel Adams New World Triple, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA

Bronze: Merry Monks’ Ale, Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Easton, PA

Category 48: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale, 33 entries

Gold: Omer. Traditional Blond, Bockor Brewery, Bellegem, Belgium

Silver: Revelations, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Bronze: Fin du Monde, Unibroue, Chambly, Canada

Category 49: Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale, 46 entries

Gold: Witte Noire Imperial Amber Wheat Ale, De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi, Belgium

Silver: La Grivoise de Noel, Micro-Brasserie le Trou du Diable, Shawinigan, Canada

Bronze: Brooklyn Local 2, The Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY

Category 50: Other Belgian-Style Ale, 35 entries

Gold: New Norcia Abbey Ale, Malt Shovel Brewery, Camperdown, Australia

Silver: Frozen Kriek, Sleeping Lady Brewing Co., Anchorage, AK

Bronze: Signature Quadruple, Choc Beer Company, Krebs, OK

Category 51: English-Style Summer Ale, 24 entries

Gold: Leghorn, Roosters Brewing Co. Ltd., Knaresborough, United Kingdom

Silver: Y.P.A., Roosters Brewing Co. Ltd., Knaresborough, United Kingdom

Bronze: Helios Pale Ale, Upland Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN

Category 52: Classic English-Style Pale Ale, 29 entries

Gold: Summit Extra Pale Ale, Summit Brewing Co., Saint Paul, MN

Silver: Michelob Pale Ale, Michelob Brewing Co., St. Louis, MO

Bronze: Heavy Seas Pale Ale, Clipper City Brewing Co., Baltimore, MD

Category 53: English-Style India Pale Ale, 32 entries

Gold: India Pale Ale, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL

Silver: Brewer’s Alley India Pale Ale, Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Brewery, Frederick, MD

Bronze: Russell IP’eh!, Russell Brewing Co., Surrey, Canada

Category 54: Ordinary Bitter, 12 entries

Gold: Drop Top, Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Silver: Redoak Bitter, Redoak, Sydney, Australia

Bronze: Cutthroat Pale Ale, Uinta Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT

Category 55: Special Bitter or Best Bitter, 30 entries

Gold: Bachelor Bitter, Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR

Silver: Lumberyard Red, Beaver St. Brewery, Flagstaff, AZ

Bronze: Spitfire, Shepherd Neame Ltd., Faversham, United Kingdom

Category 56: Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter, 24 entries

Gold: Steep Trail Amber Ale, Black Diamond Brewing Co., Concord, CA

Silver: Organic Velvet ESB, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland, OR

Bronze: Extra Special Ale, Yards Brewing Co., Philadelphia, PA

Category 57: Scottish-Style Ale, 29 entries

Gold: Highland Courage, Rock Bottom Brewery – Bethesda, Bethesda, MD

Silver: MacPelican’s Scottish Style Ale, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR

Bronze: Russell Wee Angry Scotch Ale, Russell Brewing Co., Surrey, Canada

Category 58: English-Style Mild Ale, 23 entries

Gold: Minerva Pale Ale, Cerveceria Minerva SA de CV, Zapopan, Mexico

Silver: London Tavern Ale, Valley Brewing Co., Stockton, CA

Bronze: Whistler Black Tusk Ale, Whistler Brewing Co., Vancouver, Canada

Category 59: English-Style Brown Ale, 46 entries

Gold: Red Hydrant Ale, Big Dog’s Brewing Co., Las Vegas, NV

Silver: Longboard Brown, Rock Bottom Brewery – La Jolla, La Jolla, CA

Bronze: Mudslinger Ale, Redhook Ales Woodinville, Woodinville, WA

Category 60: Brown Porter, 37 entries

Gold: Tamerlane Brown Porter, Black Raven Brewing Co., Redmond, WA

Silver: Caldera Pilot Rock Porter, Caldera Brewing Co., Ashland, OR

Bronze: Industrial Porter, Crown Brewing Co., Crown Point, IN

Category 61: Robust Porter, 64 entries

Gold: Pier Rat Porter, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA

Silver: Founders Porter, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Bronze: Russian River Porter, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA

Category 62: Sweet Stout, 25 entries

Gold: Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout, The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Inc., Farmville, NC

Silver: Cream Stout, Redwood Brewing Co., Flint, MI

Bronze: Udder Goodness, Rock Bottom Brewery – Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Category 63: Oatmeal Stout, 34 entries

Gold: Oatmeal Stout, Gella’s Diner and LB Brewing Co., Hays, KS

Silver: Velvet Merkin, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Bronze: Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Boonville, CA

Category 64: Scotch Ale, 38 entries

Gold: AleSmith Wee Heavy, AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Silver: Three Heavy, Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO

Bronze: Reed’s Wee Heavy, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Category 65: British-Style Imperial Stout, 24 entries

Gold: Russian Imperial Stout, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Wilmington, DE

Silver: Crazy Ivan, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Wilmington, DE

Bronze: Jay Walker, Walking Man Brewing, Stevenson, WA

Category 66: Old Ale, 15 entries

Gold: Fourth Dementia Olde Ale, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Warren, MI

Silver: Irish Walker, Olde Hickory Brewery, Hickory, NC

Bronze: Subzero, Rock Bottom Brewery – Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Category 67: Strong Ale, 26 entries

Gold: Outback X, Bend Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Silver: Dirty Bastard, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Bronze: Cabin Fever, Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, WA

Category 68: Barley Wine-Style Ale, 58 entries

Gold: Little Korkny Ale Niepoort Barrel, Nørrebro Bryghus, Copenhagen N., Denmark

Silver: Thor’s Hammer, Central City Brewing Co., Surrey, Canada

Bronze: Alaskan Barleywine 2009, Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK

Category 69: German-Style Kӧlsch/Kӧln-Style Kӧlsch, 23 entries

Gold: Schlafly Kolsch Ale, The Saint Louis Brewery, Inc., St. Louis, MO

Silver: Fox Light, Fox River Brewing Company, Oshkosh, WI

Bronze: Chaser Pale, Blackstone Brewing Co., Nashville, TN

Category 70: German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf, 26 entries

Gold: Lands End Amber, Kannah Creek Brewing Co., Grand Junction, CO

Silver: The Detroit Dwarf, The Detroit Beer Co., Detroit, MI

Bronze: ALT, Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category 71: German-Style Sour Ale, 9 entries

Gold: Berliner Weisse, Snake River Brewing, Jackson, WY

Silver: Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse, Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Bronze: Gose, Upright Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category 72: South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier, 66 entries

Gold: Hefeweizen, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Silver: Baltika N°8 Wheat, Baltika Breweries, St. Petersburg, Russia

Bronze: Top Heavy Hefeweizen, Piece Brewing Co., Chicago, IL

Category 73: German-Style Pale Wheat Ale, 13 entries

Gold: TAP 2 Mein Kristall, Schneider Weisse, Kelheim, Germany

Silver: Unertl Leichte Weisse, Weißbräu Unertl GmbH & Co. KG, Mühldorf, Germany

Bronze: Distelhäuser Kristallweizen, Distelhäuser Brauerei, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany

Category 74: German-Style Dark Wheat Ale, 22 entries

Gold: VùDù, Birrificio Italiano, Lurago Marinone, Italy

Silver: Unertl Mühldorfer Weisse, Weißbräu Unertl GmbH & Co. KG, Mühldorf, Germany

Bronze: Distelhäuser Dunkles Weizen, Distelhäuser Brauerei, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany

Category 75: South German-Style Weizenbock/Weissbock, 27 entries

Gold: Plank Heller Weizenbock, Brauerei Michael Plank, Laaber, Germany

Silver: Old Harbor Taina, Old Harbor Brewery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bronze: AleSmith Decadence 2009, AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Category 76: Irish-Style Red Ale, 26 entries

Gold: Red Trolley Ale, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Silver: Samuel Adams Irish Red, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA

Bronze: Ragtop Red, Rock Bottom Brewery – La Jolla, La Jolla, CA

Category 77: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout, 22 entries

Gold: McLuhr’s Irish Stout, Dillon DAM Brewery, Dillon, CO

Silver: Port Truck Stout, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Bronze: Porterhouse Plain Porter, The Porterhouse Brewing Co., Dublin, Ireland

Category 78: Foreign-Style Stout, 21 entries

Silver: Zonker Stout, Snake River Brewing, Jackson, WY

Bronze: Spetsnaz Stout, The Grumpy Troll Brewery, Restaurant & Pizzeria, Mount Horeb, WI

Category 79: Golden or Blonde Ale, 50 entries

Gold: Heavy Seas Gold Ale, Clipper City Brewing Co., Baltimore, MD

Silver: Sunlight Cream Ale, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Bronze: Aud Blonde, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA

Category 80: American-Style Pale Ale, 77 entries

Gold: Pale 31, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Silver: Drakes 1500 Pale Ale, Drakes Brewing Co., San Leandro, CA

Bronze: Mission Street Pale, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Category 81: American-Style Strong Pale Ale, 59 entries

Gold: O’Brien’s IPA, Alpine Beer Co., Alpine, CA

Silver: Hop Bomb IPA, Rock Bottom Brewery – Bellevue, Bellevue, WA

Bronze: Lumberyard IPA, Beaver St. Brewery, Flagstaff, AZ

Category 82: American-Style India Pale Ale, 104 entries

Gold: Norm’s Raggedy-Ass IPA, Big Rock Chop House & Brewery, Birmingham, MI

Silver: Centennial IPA, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Bronze: Duet, Alpine Beer Co., Alpine, CA

Category 83: Imperial India Pale Ale, 69 entries

Gold: Hardcore IPA, BrewDog, Fraserburgh, United Kingdom

Silver: Bonnie’s Raggedy-Ass Imperial IPA, Big Rock Chop House & Brewery, Birmingham, MI

Bronze: Imperial IPA, Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, WA

Category 84: American-Style Amber/Red Ale, 66 entries

Gold: Rudolph’s Red, Rock Bottom Brewery – La Jolla, La Jolla, CA

Silver: Red Rock, Triple Rock Brewery and Alehouse, Berkeley, CA

Bronze: Odell Red Ale, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO

Category 85: Imperial Red Ale, 32 entries

Gold: Behemoth, Three Floyds Brewing Co. LLC, Munster, IN

Silver: Lumberyard Imperial Red, Beaver St. Brewery, Flagstaff, AZ

Bronze: Shark Attack, Pizza Port Solana Beach, Solana Beach, CA

Category 86: American-Style Brown Ale, 40 entries

Gold: Nut Brown Ale, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL

Silver: Hawai’i Nui Brewing Company Hapa, Hawai’i Nui Brewing Co., Hilo, HI

Bronze: Christmas Ale, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL

Category 87: American-Style Sour Ale, 14 entries

Gold: Raspberry Torte, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Wilmington, DE

Silver: Viking Oud Bruin, Nørrebro Bryghus, Copenhagen N., Denmark

Bronze: Wild Ale #4, Santa Fe Brewing Co., Santa Fe, NM

Category 88: American-Style Stout, 31 entries

Gold: Black Magic Stout, Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co., San Clemente, CA

Silver: Sticky Stout, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Bronze: Terminal Stout, Rock Bottom Brewery – Chicago, Chicago, IL

Category 89: American-Style Imperial Stout, 37 entries

Gold: Seven Imperial Stout Niepoort Barrel, Nørrebro Bryghus, Copenhagen N., Denmark

Silver: Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem, NC

Bronze: Imperial Stout, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Category 90: International Pale Ale, 28 entries

Gold: Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Silver: Straits Pale, Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd., Singapore

Bronze: P.L. IPA, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

A Week of Beer Events: December 7, 2009

Inside the Ginger Man: One of New York City's Top Beer Bars

Its Monday again, we know, its getting cold outside and the last thing you want to do is start a work week. Well lets cure those Monday blues by going through all of the exciting beer events coming up this week. Just think, you work so you can pay for beer!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Get A Pint of Black Raven’s Wisdom Seeker IPA: Seattle, Washington

3:00PM- 11:00 PM @ the Beveridge Place

Come get a pint of Black Raven Brewing Co.’s Double IPA. Trickster, the brewery’s single IPA won Beveridge Place’s slot for regular draught IPA. Wisdom Seeker is bitter, hoppy and refreshing.

Granite City Batch 1,000 Tapping: Fort Wayne, Indiana

5:00 PM- 8:00 PM @ The Granite City Brewery

For all of you “Mug Club Members” grab a friend and stop by Granite City Brewery to try a very special beer. This beer was specially made in honor of the 1,000th batch of beer brewed. Quite an accomplishment!

The Remainder of Big Wood Fest: Seattle, Washington

11:00 AM – 11:00 PM @Brouwer’s Cafe

Today makes 5 days of Big Wood and there are still 40 woody beers on tap. Check out our previous blog by clicking here and if any of the beers mentioned in our post are still pouring. GET ONE, GET THREE!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Heavy Seas Takes Over the Taps: Mount Holly, New Jersey

7:00 PM until 11:00 PM @ High Street Grill

Clipper City Brewing Company out of Maryland, is pouring their Heavy Seas line of brews tonight! This list features, Red Sky Saisson, Hang Ten, Big DIPPA, Uber Pils, Category 5 Winter Storm, and Yule Tide.

Brewer’s Night: Seattle, Washington

No time posted @ Naked City Tap House

Tonight is the unveiling of four in house brews by Naked City, Seattle’s local beer bar. The Big Lebrewski, an Imperial Cream Stout aged on Kahlua soaked oak is featured along with the Yankee Drifter, a light Pilsner, Hoptari 664, a fresh- hop harvest ale and Bing, an English Style Old Ale with a surprising twist!

Big Time Brewery is Finally Legal: Seattle, Washington

5:00 PM- until close @ Big Time Brewery

A micro brew out of Seattle’s University District, Big Time Brewery is turning 21 today! Come eat some cake, celebrate in style and go home happy. This event will be featuring a tap list full of IPAs and guest beers brewed by previous brewers.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A tasting of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout: Villa Park, Illinois

Starts at 7:00 PM @ Lunar Brewing Co.

Join Goose Island’s Market Manager, Eric Hobbs as he pours Bourbon County Stout 2007, 2008 and 2009. This Imperial Stout is one of the best and this is a wonderful chance to compare and contrast the taste through the years.

Its the middle of the week and time for some Holiday Cheer!: Seattle, Washington

All day this week 12:00 PM- 2:00 AM @ Elysian Brewing Company, Tangletown and Elysian Fields

Elysian Brewing Company is pouring their holiday ales all week. Its getting dark early, its cold outside, you deserve some holiday cheer and beer! Featured festive ales include: Elysian Bifrost, Bye-Bye Frost, Bete Noel, Arboreal Chestnut Brown and Valhalla Christmas Ale.

Rouge Winter Beer Kick Off Party: New York, New York

6:00 PM- 2:00 AM @ The Ginger Man

New yorkers, come one, come all and get a taste of the West Coast. Oregon’s Rouge Brewery will feature their Chocolate Stout, Yellow Snow, Hazelnut Brown, Mogul, Brutal Bitter, Dry Hopped Red, Imperial Porter, Collaborator, and Dead Guy. The Hazelnut brown is a dark ale with an amazing nutty, sweet flavor that does not overpower the beer. A must try!

Cask Firkin of Old Bawdy: Seattle, Washington

6:00 PM- 9:00 PM @ 74th Street Ale House

Tonight, the 74th Street Ale House is featuring Pike Brewing’s 2009 Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine. Come join Pike headbrewer, Drew Cluley, and sales manager, Andy Walls when they raise a pint of the 09 vintage of Old Bawdy.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sweet and Sour Event: Norristown, Pennsylvania

11:00 AM- 1:00 PM @ Capone’s Restaurant

For all of you who live in Norristown or the surrounding areas and if you are reading this post, we are SO ENVIOUS of your close proximity to this event. Southern Tier’s Mokah, Dogfish Head Brewing’s Red and White, RUSSIAN RIVER TEMPTATION, Ommegang Rouge. Great List!

Beer Belly Dinner: Portland, Oregon

Begins at 6:30 PM @ The EastBurn

The EastBurn will be serving up 5 courses of great food and 5 courses of Deschutes’ finest Ales while brewer Cam O’Connor answers all of your questions about Deschutes Brewing Co. and brewing. The $35.00 ticket price goes to RideOn, a non-profit that turns to horses in order to benefit people physically and emotionally.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Night Sampling of Yards Brewing Co.: Wayne, Pennsylvania

5:00 – 7:00 PM @ The Beer Yard

Have we got an early Christmas present for you! Yards Brewing co-founder Tom Kehoe, the last man standing from Philadelphia’s craft brew revolution of the mid-1990s, will be gracing us with his presence and pouring all of your favorite beers. Meet a pioneer and enjoy an ESA, Brawler, Philly Pale Ale or one of the Ales of the Revolution.

Avery Mephistopheles’ Stout Release Tasting: Boulder, Colorado

5:00- 7:00 PM @ The Avery Tap Room

A once in a lifetime opportunity to be the first to taste the 2009 vintage of our Mephistopheles’ Stout along with vintage years 2006, 2007 and 2008. This is a great chance to see first hand how well this beer cellars. The $15.00 will be well worth it!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Stone Brewing Company Open Late: Escondido, California

8:00 PM- Close @ Stone Brewing Company

Just because Stone Brewing loves filling growlers, they are staying open late! Stop by for some live music and to get your growler filled with Ruination, Levitation or the many other beers on tap.

Cask and You Shall Receive: Newark, Delware

Begins at 12:00 PM until the beer runs out @ Iron hill Brewing Company

Join Iron Hill in Newark for the tapping of not 1, not 2, but 8 different brewery’s beer. Real Ales from Iron Hill as well as Victory, Stoudt’s, Stewarts, Yards, Sly Fox, Troegs, Flying Fish and Nodding Head.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Folly for Charity: Fort Collins, Colorado

Tour of the brewery begins at 3:45 PM, event from 6:00 PM- 10:00 PM @ New Belgium Brewery

Come listen to live music, partake in a silent auction, sip on some amazing New Belgium brews and you might go home with a New Belgium Crusier! All proceeds go to the Larimer County Food Bank and New Belgium is brewing a “special” beer just for this event. It will be a one of a kind, so if you end up going, please report back to Beer Blotter!

And that concludes the week of December 7, 2009. Beer Blotter welcomes events that we did not post and comments on events attended this week! Feed back! Monday has come and gone, now we can face the rest of the week knowing there is good beer to be drank and events to attend.



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