Well another Great American Beer Festival has come and gone. I didn't go to Denver, but was fun to attend vicariously through various craft beer blogs. Those of us enjoying our beer at home were also able to participate in the "not at GABF" Twitter stream. We even got to peak in on the gatherings at Falling Rock Tap House via their pub cam. This year's winners were announced on Saturday afternoon. 2902 beers were judged this year and 223 medals plus three Pro-Am medals were awarded. Many of our local breweries are among the winners.
Starr Hill Brewing of Crozet, VA. won a Silver medal for The Love, in the South German-Style Hefeweizen category. Also, in the Pro-Am category, Mark Thompson of Starr Hill and Fredericksburg resident Lyle Brown brought home a Silver for Lyle's Bamberg Hellerbock. Congratulations guys!
Our friends in Maryland put on a good showing as well. Flying Dog Ales in Frederick was awarded Gold for Dogtoberfest in the German-Style Märzen category. Flying Dog also received a Silver medal in American-Style Amber Lager for Old Scratch Amber Lager. Rock Bottom Brewery in Bethesda made a good showing with Silver for Right On Rye and a Gold for their Highland Courage Scottish Ale. I've never had either of the Rock Bottom beers so it would seem a drive up to Bethesda is in order. Rock Bottom and the Rock Bottom Brewing Team was deemed the Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year. Hugh Sisson and the gang at Clipper City in Baltimore received a Bronze for Clipper City BaltoMärzHon and a Silver for Clipper City Pale Ale. Capital City Brewing in D.C. took a Gold for their Honey Lager in the Specialty Honey Beer category.
Further afield, I was pleased to see that the Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC received a Silver medal. Highland beers aren't distributed locally, and we always look for them when we travel south. I happen to have on hand a couple of bottles of the Black Mocha Stout that we brought back from our recent trip to the Outer Banks. I'm looking forward to opening them even more now.
Congratulations to all of the winners.