Saturday, February 24, 2024

The GABF 2023 Roundup of Nice Lakes Medal Winners

This about sums up 2023’s medal haul. Picture courtesy the GABF web site.

Effectively, they will’t all be nice years for Illinois, proper? Or Michigan, or Wisconsin, or … effectively, anybody aside from Ohio, actually.

Yearly we take a look at how effectively the Midwestern Nice Lakes states fared on the Nice American Beer Fest, and we’ve by no means had a disparity this massive: Ohio took house extra medals than Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin mixed.

Heck, the medals for Fats Heads or Third Eye alone beat out Michigan and Wisconsin. All of that is to say that yearly, we see how robust the brewing scene is in Ohio and the way effectively organized the state’s Guild is in getting their beers in entrance of a nationwide viewers like this. The unity, as ever, is current in each medal win as every Ohio brewer in attendance takes the stage with an Ohio guild flag. Actually robust stuff. Different guilds, as ever, ought to take notice if these medals are a precedence. Clearly, to a couple states, they’re “good to have,” not “have to have.”

Different GABF 2023 Midwestern Takeaways:

Who anticipated again to again rauchbier medals for Double Clutch? Scorching on the heels of being named final 12 months’s Brewery of the 12 months (0-250bbl class), let it’s identified that this car-centric Evanston brewpub is placing out some actually high-quality true-to-style German beers.

Solar King took their silver-medalist Soul Shakedown Get together and turned it right into a Gold Medal winner this 12 months. Spectacular to see how a brewer can take suggestions and make the tweaks essential to have a best-in-class beer.

Again to again years in Michigan with simply two medals awarded. Did GABF kick the Michigan Guild’s canine or one thing? The Mitten appears to have zero curiosity on this competitors.

I discover it fascinating — and perhaps a bit horrifying — that one of many top-entered classes was Gentle Lager. And never by a lot, both. Juicy IPA was after all the top-submitted with 365, however West Coast IPA had 301 and Gentle Lager had 284 entries. That’s fairly enormous. Clearly breweries aren’t simply making these increasingly more, however they wish to be acknowledged for them.

Again to Ohio for a second — It’s not simply the variety of medals that’s genuinely spectacular right here, it’s the breadth of the classes. Have a look at the worldwide kinds represented in that lineup: Irish, Belgian, German, Bohemian and hell, even New Zealand! Additionally they have to be placing one thing particular in Buckeye State pumpkins — two of the three medalists in that class are Ohioans.

All of this 12 months’s winners are right here. Right here’s a take a look at how the collaborating breweries from the Nice Lakes states fared on the 2023 GABF:

Illinois: 7 Medals

  • Gold: Sew Hop’d “Alt 140” (Altbier); Horse Thief Hole “Little Wing” (Worldwide-Fashion Pilsener)
  • Silver: Crystal Lake Brewing “Boathouse Reserve Imperial Stout” (Experimental Wooden-Aged Beer); Double Clutch “Helles Rauchbier” (Smoke Beer)
  • Bronze: Sketchbook Brewing “Groziskie” (Historic Beer); MORE Brewing “Lil’ House Booties” (Juicy/Hazy Pale Ale); Werk Pressure Brewing “Barrel Aged Depend Chungus” (Wooden- and Barrel-Aged Robust Stout)

Indiana: 6 Medals

  • Gold: Solar King “Soul Shakedown Get together” (Experimental Wooden-Aged Beer); Metazoa Brewing “William Walrus” (Scottish-Fashion Ale)
  • Silver: Solar King “Daylight Cream Ale” (Golden/Blonde Ale); Byway Brewing “Shinobi” (Stout)
  • Bronze: The Faucet’s “Delta Quadrant” (Belgian-Fashion Robust Specialty Ale); Metazoa Brewing “Aint Afraid of No Goats” (Bock, duh)

Michigan: 2 Medals

  • Gold: na
  • Silver: Redwood Brewing’s “Thor’s Hammer” (Belgian-Fashion Robust Specialty Ale)
  • Bronze: Bell’s Brewery “Octoberfest” (American Amber Lager)

Minnesota: 2 Medals

  • Gold: The Freehouse “No. 68 Purple Lager” (Rye Beer)
  • Silver: na
  • Bronze: Surly Brewing “Lemonade” (American Fruit Beer)

Ohio: 18 (!) Medals

  • Gold: Fats Head’s “Head Hunter” (American-Fashion India Pale Ale); Third Eye Brewing’s “Double Astral” (Chocolate Beer); Brink Brewing’s “Lil Zoomie” (Espresso Stout or Porter); Fats Head’s “Alpenglow” (German Wheat Ale); Third Eye Brewing’s “Chai Eye Captain” (Herb and Spice Beer); Hoppin Frog’s “Smashing Honey Blonde” (Honey Beer); Rhinegeist Innovation Brewery’s “Kiwi (The Chicken)” (New Zealand IPA); Fats Head’s “Goggle Fogger” (South German-Fashion Hefeweizen)
  • Silver: Noble Creature Wild Ales & Lagers “Earth & Aether” (Belgian-Fashion Bitter Ale); Eudora Brewing Co. “Daytonian Rhapsody” (Bohemian-Fashion Pilsener); The Brew Brothers “Toasty” (English Fashion Gentle/Bitter); Seventh Son “Stone Fort” (English-Fashion Brown); Slender Path “Stressed Seas Gose” (German Bitter Ale); Contained in the 5 “Megaphone” (Irish-Fashion Purple); Third Eye Brewing “Gourd Darn-It” (Pumpkin Beer)
  • Bronze: MadTree Brewing “Legendary Lager” (Gentle Lager); Royal Docks Brewing “Pumpkinslayer” (Pumpkin Beer); Brink Brewing “Moozie” (Candy Stout or Cream Stout)

Third Eye Brewing additionally gained a Collaboration Competitors medal alongside Slender Path Brewing Firm for his or her “Mounds of Significance” and was named the 1001-2000 Barrels Brewery & Brewer of the 12 months.

Wisconsin: 1 Medal

  • Gold: 1840 Brewing’s “I Don’t Need to Wait” (Fruited Wooden- and Barrel-Aged Bitter Beer)
  • Silver: n/a
  • Bronze: n/a

All the GABF 2022 medal winners are right here. You’ll find our earlier recaps beneath:

A scene from this 12 months’s GABF. Offered by the pageant.

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Karl has written about meals, journey and beer for Chicago Journal, Thrillist, Time Out Chicago, AskMen and extra. His e-book, Beer Lovers Chicago, is now obtainable by way of Amazon and different booksellers.
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