Monday, October 14, 2013

Virginia Winners at GABF

The winners at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver were announced this weekend. Fourteen medals were awarded to Virginia breweries. That's up from the count of thirteen last year. In addition to the beer awards, Devils Backbone and brewer Jason Oliver were recognized as the Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year.

2013 Great American Beer Festival Virginia Winners

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Devils Backbone Brewing Co - Basecamp, Roseland, VA Jason Oliver

Category 21: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer, 49 Entries
Bronze: Rum Barrel Belgian Dubbel Style Ale, Three Brothers Brewing, Harrisonburg, VA

Category 25: Aged Beer, 31 Entries
Bronze: COLOSSAL ONE, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA

Category 27: Smoke Beer, 79 Entries
Bronze: COLOSSAL TWO, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA

Category 28: American-Style or International-Style Pilsener, 29 Entries
(No Gold Medal Awarded)
Silver: Gold Leaf Lager, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp, Roseland, VA

Category 35: Vienna-Style Lager, 30 Entries
Silver: Oktoberfest, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA

Category 36: German-Style Märzen, 51 Entries
Gold: Rhinofest, Lost Rhino Brewing Co., Ashburn, VA
Silver: Octoberfest, Great American Restaurants, Centreville, VA

Category 39: American-Style Dark Lager, 22 Entries
Gold: Old Virginia Dark, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp, Roseland, VA

Category 43: Baltic-Style Porter, 16 Entries
Bronze: Danzig, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp, Roseland, VA

Category 53: Imperial India Pale Ale, 149 Entries
Bronze: Notch 9 Double IPA, Smartmouth Brewing Co., Norfolk, VA

Category 56: English-Style Mild Ale, 35 Entries
Bronze: Ale of Fergus, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp, Roseland, VA

Category 65: German-Style Sour Ale, 46 Entries
Silver: Berliner Metro Weiss, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp, Roseland, VA

Category 68: Belgian-Style Witbier, 66 Entries
Gold: Optimal Wit, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA

Category 70: Belgian- and French-Style Ale, 71 Entries
Gold: Azreal, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost, Lexington, VA

I want to also recognize the lone winner from Maryland. Our friends at Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland completed the local sweep in the German-style Märzen category (36) with a Bronze for Dogtoberfest.

Also recognized during the Denver event was Mekong Restaurant. The Richmond Vietnamese restaurant was recently selected as the best beer bar in America in the "Great American Beer Bar" voting sponsored by the Brewers Association.

Congratulations to all the breweries and brewers. You can find a complete listing of all the GABF awards here. There's a few Virginia beers on the winner list I have not had, so it's time to get to work!

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