Saturday, October 13, 2012

5 Winners

With the medals awarded and the crowds strung about the Denver Bar scene, Saturday Night at GABF promises to be a WILD time!

I’m sure that all the big names in brewing and blogging will be at the Falling Rock Taphouse as I am writing this, and I’m sure that the bloggers have all posted the results all over the internet.

BUT! (Funny how there’s always a BUT(t) in the room!)

I know that not all of you are die hard beer guys and gals that live and die on Barley and Hops. A few of you may live and die on Rum and Whiskey... Fewer on Vodka, and even less on Mead and Wine.

So for the benefit of those who may not have seen the list, or those who may have a hard time deciphering it, I’m going to give you 5 Medal Winning Colorado brews that you should certainly try before I just give you the link to the results.

Keystone Light, Coors Brewing Co. won the Bronze medal in American-Style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager. I know I’m going to take some flack for this, but it’s a pretty fair burger washer. It’s not my favorite style of beer, and it’s not my favorite OF the style, but it’s a medal winner you should try.

White Rascal from Avery Brewing Co. Took Silver in the Belgian-Style Witbier. If you’ve ever been dooped into thinking that Blue Moon is good craft beer... GRAB SOME RASCAL!

Dry Dock Apricot Blonde from Dry Dock Brewing Co. Is in fact, my favorite fruit beer! No exceptions. It’s also the favorite of the GABF Judges because they awarded it a big ‘ol Shiny GOLD MEDAL! WooT! WooT! This is an awesome beer, and they sell the kit at the Brew Hut, next door to the brewery so you can build a batch at home!

West Bound Braggot by Twisted Pine Brewing Co. Is another great Colorado Brew worth it’s weight in... GOLD MEDAL! I’ve long said that Twisted Pine is the most underrated brewery in Colorado. I’ve been enjoying their brews for years, and there is no reason to stop now! The Braggot style fits great with my love of mead and beer. A Braggot gets much of it’s fermentable sugar from Honey, so I tend to love them! The style is a bit obscure on most shelves, so grab this one if you can. Congrats to the crew @TwistedPine!

Butt Head Bock by Tommyknocker Brewery is the answer to those who thought that Shiner Bock (Which won Gold for Dark Lager) was ok, but want something more! I hold Butt Head in a special place, as it was 1/2 of my first beer run EVER the day I turned 21!

This list is a great place to start for those who are looking for a new brew to try. Heck... I say TRY THEM ALL! And you can download the .PDF of all the winners from the Brewers Association HERE.

Thanks for checking in... Expand your palate, try new things, but ALWAYS... Drink what ya like!

~Cheers

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