Winners posted for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) 2014

The Brewer’s Association just announced the winners from the GABF 2014 (Great American Beer Festival), which was held in Denver, Colorado on October 2-4, 2014. Hopefully they double-checked their math and clerical entries before making the announcements!!! The press release is below…


Great American Beer Festival Winners

268 Professional Medals Awarded, 461 First-Time Participants Compete

Boulder, CO • October 4, 2014—The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 28th year, the 2014 competition surpassed all previous participation records.
View the 2014 winners or download a PDF list of the winners.
To accommodate growth, this year’s GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 222 beer experts from 10 countries evaluating 5,507 commercial entries, plus 89 Pro-Am entries, with assistance from some 150 competition volunteers. Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 90 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S. Winners were chosen from 5,507 competition entries (16 percent more than in 2013) from 1,309 breweries, hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
2014 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG)
  • Draught Works
  • Draught Works Brew Team 
Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by O-I
  • Marble Brewery
  • Team Marble
Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Microstar Keg Management
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Co.—Outpost
  • DB Brewery Team 
Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Beer Institute
  • AC Golden
  • AC Golden Brewing Team
Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
  • Bastone Brewery
  • Rockne Van Meter 
Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG)
  • Brasserie Saint James
  • Josh Watterson & Matt Watterson 
Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year Sponsored by Country Malt Group
  • Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
  • Julian Shrago & Ian McCall
Overall Competition Highlights
Reflecting craft brewing’s surging popularity and sustained excellence nationwide, overall competition highlights include:
  • Fifty-two first-time entering breweries won awards.
  • Four breweries tied for most medals won, with three medals each:
    • 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
    • Barley Brown’s Brew Pub
    • Devils Backbone Brewing Co.–Outpost
    • Left Hand Brewing Co.
  • Top three states by ratio of medals to entries by state:
    • New Jersey: 19% with 16 entries and three medals
    • Alaska: 13% with 16 entries and two medals – tied with – District of Columbia: 13% with 8 entries and one medal
    • New Mexico: 10%  with 84 entries and eight medals
Style Categories
Since 2002, the most-entered category has been American-Style India Pale Ale (IPA), which saw 279 entries in 2014. The top five entered categories were:
  1. American-Style India Pale Ale (279 entries)
  2. Herb and Spice Beer (150 entries)
  3. American-Style Pale Ale (145 entries)
  4. American-Style Amber/Red Ale (140 entries)
  5. Imperial India Pale Ale (135 entries)
The winners in the most-entered (that is, the most competitive) categories were:
1. American-Style India Pale Ale (279 entries)
  • Gold: Breakside Brewery, Breakside IPA
  • Silver: Half Acre Beer Co., Heyoka
  • Bronze: Columbus Brewing Co., Bodhi
2. Herb and Spice Beer (150 entries)
  • Gold: Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Basil Beer
  • Silver: 5 Stones Artisan Brewery, Aloha Piña
  • Bronze: Coastal Empire Beer Co., Dawn Patrol Breakfast Stout
3. American-Style Pale Ale (145 entries)
  • Gold: Ballast Point Brewing  & Spirits– Sripps Ranch, Grunion
  • Silver: Peekskill Brewery, NYPA
  • Bronze: Tampa Bay Brewing Co., Reef Donkey APA
4. American-Style Amber/Red Ale (140 entries)
  • Gold: Canteen Brew House, Dougie Style Amber Ale
  • Silver: Capitol City Brewing Co., Amber Waves Ale
  • Bronze: Bootlegger’s Brewery, Rocco Red Ale
5. Imperial India Pale Ale (135 entries)
  • Gold: Columbus Brewing Co., Creeper
  • Silver: Port Brewing Co., Hop 15
  • Bronze: Russian River Brewing Co., Pliny the Elder
The 2014 GABF competition featured three new categories: Belgian-Style Fruit Beer, with 41 entries; Historical Beer, with 12 entries; and Kuyt Beer, which had no entries. There were two categories in which one of the three possible medals was not awarded:
  • English-Style Brown Ale (67 entries): no silver medal
  • Golden or Blonde Ale (90 entries): no gold medal
2014 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Country Malt Group, Hopunion and White Labs 
Gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs amateur brewers with professional brewers, who scale up the award-winning homebrew recipes. The medal winners, including the winning professional brewers and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member homebrewers are: Gold: Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish 80 Shilling, Bear Republic Brewing Co. Brewmaster: Team Bear Republic / Richard Norgrove, and AHA Member Michael Kelly Silver: Spencer Pale Ale, Kokopelli Beer Co. Brewmaster: Kokopelli Brew Crew, and AHA Member Daniel Christensen Bronze: I Wanna Rauch!, Springfield Brewing Co. Brewmaster: Ashton Lewis & Bruce Johnson, and AHA member Keith Wallis
Summary: 2014 Great American Beer Festival Statistics
  • 710 breweries in the festival hall
  • More than 3,500 beers served at the festival
  • 49,000 attendees
  • More than 3,200 volunteers
  • 1,309 breweries in the competition from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
  • 5,507 beers judged (not including 89 Pro-Am competition entries), a 16 percent increase over 2013
  • 90 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition
  • 222 judges from 10 countries
  • Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 61.2 (excludes Pro-Am beers)
  • Category with highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale: 279
2014 Great American Beer Festival Official Sponsors
  • Carhartt
  • DRAFT Magazine
  • Microstar Keg Management
  • Snyder’s of Hanover
  • KBCO 97.3
  • 103.5 The FOX
  • 850KOA
Additional GABF sponsors are recognized on the festival website.


Barbara Fusco, Sales & Marketing Director 303.447.0816 x152

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CMU untaps plans for beer brewing program

Thanks to Mr. Liquid Bread for the heads up on this.
This is smart! I would LOVE to go back to school now…

More ‘Beer in Detroit’ goodness… Jolly Pumpkin to Open Midtown Detroit Location

Thank you Dianna Stampfler from Promote Michigan (Facebook, Twitter) for this information and great news! More great Michigan Craft Beer to come to Midtown Detroit (along with Hop Cat).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2014
Contact:               Dianna Stampfler, Publicist
                                269-330-4228 |
Jolly Pumpkin to Open Midtown Detroit Location
(DEXTER, Mich) – Jolly Pumpkin has announced it will be opening a location in Midtown Detroit in early 2015. The 5000-square-foot space at 441 Canfield will serve all the craft beers, distilled spirits and wines available through the Northern United Brewing Company brand – including North Peak Beer, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Civilized Spirits and Bonafide Wines, as well as an eclectic pub fare menu.
“We are very excited to be opening Jolly Pumpkin Detroit and becoming part of this incredible neighborhood. Many have helped us develop this project and we are grateful for their support,” says Tony Grant, partner with Ron Jeffries at Northern United Brewing Company. “Sue Mosey at Midtown has been instrumental, as have Invest Detroit and Comerica Bank.”
“Midtown Detroit, Inc. is thrilled to welcome Jolly Pumpkin into the neighborhood,” says Executive Director Sue Mosey. “Their investment and strong brand will draw in more people to Midtown’s burgeoning retail and restaurant district. Their future location, in the historic Willys Complex, compliments other strong businesses such as Shinola, Willys Detroit, RUNdetroit and the Fellow Barber, creating a walkable block of quality commercial storefronts.”
“We are so excited to come to Midtown Detroit,” says Jeffries. “We look forward to being part of this vibrant beer neighborhood.’”
As with all its locations, Jolly Pumpkin will be working with local suppliers in developing its menu, specifically partnering with Avalon Bakery, McClures Pickles and Calder Dairy. Jolly Pumpkin Detroit menu will offer eclectic pub fare, featuring Jolly Pumpkin pizza, truffle fries along with the full tap house and tasting room beverages of all the Northern United Brewing brands.
Jolly Pumpkin is part of Northern United Brewing Co., which also encompasses the Grizzly Peak and North Peak Beer Co. craft beer brands, as well as Civilized Spirits and Bonafide Wines. NUBC’s philosophy focuses on a dedication to conservation, inspiration and locally-sustainable practices.
Find NUBCo products at stores, restaurants, and bars all throughout Michigan, including: North Peak Brewing Company, Mission Table and Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, all in Traverse City; Jolly Pumpkin and Grizzly Peak, in Ann Arbor.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
2319 Bishop Circle East — Dexter, MI 48130 — (734) 426-4962
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Jolly Pumpkin to Open Midtown Detroit Location

HopCat Detroit opens November 15… Come and help set a world record!

It was recently announced that the HopCat in Detroit was opening on November 15th. This is exciting for me for a couple of reasons.

First, it’s opening in Midtown on Woodward Avenue. This is an area that’s growing and will be enhanced by both the District Detroit Project and the M-1 Rail Project. HopCat Detroit is coming in at just the right time!

Second, I work a little more than a mile away!!!

As part of their Grand Opening on November 15th, they are trying to break a world record:
Join us on Nov. 15, 2014 for our world record tap takeover in conjunction with Short’s Brewing Co. . Short’s is creating more than 100 different kinds of beer to break its own record set in 2013. We’ll also give the first 200 people in line (ages 21+) free Crack Fries every week for year and everyone will get a free order of Crack Fries all day. That night we’ll host a free concert with the acclaimed Pitch Blak Brass Band  in our Upstairs @ HopCat venue.

Check out HopCat Detroit’s website at

I hoping to be there on Opening Day… I hope to see you all there too!

Short’s supporting Fermenta (a women’s craft beverage trade group) at the MBG Summer Beer Festival – It’s About Thyme!!!

I found out from MyBeerBuzz that Short’s Brewing Company is supporting Fermenta, a trade group for female craft brewers, by releasing ‘It’s About Thyme’ at the MBG Summer Beer Festival.

I’m a big supporter of giving any craft brewer a boost no matter who they are, but this group is important. More diverse brewers make for more diverse beverages!

Find out more about this effort by going here:

And if you’re going to the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival, hit me up on social media (I’ll be there both days!) Maybe we’ll go try this beer together…

I’m back in college because of beer… sort of…

While perusing one of my favorite homebrew forums,, I found a thread about an interesting online college course that had started after I read the post:

CHEM 4970 – Chemistry of Beer

It was being hosted by the University of Oklahoma, and it was FREE if you’re not looking for college credit. I hoped that the course would be run again, and was excited to hear that they were running it again starting on August 18th! I just enrolled in the course!!!

I’m hoping to learn a lot more about the beer making process, and maybe get more comfortable with enrolling in online college courses.

See you all at the Delta House! (TO-GA! TO-GA! TO-GA!)