2011 Great American Beer Festival: Oregon Medal Winners


The 2011 Great American Beer Festival is over.  If you're not familiar with GABF, check out this description from their website:  "According to the Guinness Book of World Records®, there is no other place on earth where a beer aficionado can find more beers on tap. The Great American Beer Festival is the American brewing industry’s top public tasting opportunity and competition. Tasting sessions will offer attendees the opportunity to tour America’s brewing landscape, one ounce at a time, with access to more than 2,200 different beers from more than 450 of the nation’s finest breweries."


I love beer festivals, and will someday make the pilgrimage to Denver.  However, this year, I relied on social media to experience GABF (sans beer). One of the highlights of the weekend is the beer competition.  Here's the complete list of winners for the 83 categories. Oregon breweries won 15 medals:

  • Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Baker City, OR 
    • Category: 1 American-Style Wheat Beer - 20 Entries, Silver: Shredders Wheat
    • Category: 77 American-Style Stout - 37 Entries, Bronze: Disorder Stout
  • Bend Brewing Co., Bend, OR
    • Category: 18 American-Style Sour Ale - 21 Entries, Bronze: Ching Ching
  • Breakside Brewery, Portland, OR
    • Category: 75 Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout - 24 Entries, Silver: Breakside Dry Stout
  • Deschutes Brewery,  Bend, OR
    • Category: 20 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer - 40 Entries, Bronze: Pinot Jubel
    • Category: 22 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout - 74 Entries, Gold: Bourbon Murder
    • Category: 47 English-Style India Pale Ale - 46 Entries, Bronze: Down ‘n’ Dirty IPA,
  • Full Sail Brewing Co., Hood River, OR
    • Category: 38 American-Style Dark Lager - 16 Entries, Silver: Session Black
  •  Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland, OR
    • Category: 54 Imperial Red Ale - 57 Entries, Bronze: Organic Deranger
  • MacTarnahan’s Brewing Co., Portland, OR
    • Category: 46 Classic English-Style Pale Ale - 25 Entries, Silver: MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale
  • Ninkasi Brewing Co., Eugene, OR
    • Category: 48 International-Style Pale Ale - 20 Entries, Bronze: Radiant
  • Rogue Ales, Newport, OR
    • Category: 9 Specialty Beer - 24 Entries, Gold: Hazelnut Brown Nectar
    • Category: 26 Smoke Beer - 43 Entries, Gold: Smoke Ale
  • Silver Moon Brewing, Bend, OR
    • Category: 27 American-Style or International-Style Pilsener - 31 Entries, Bronze: Legacy Lager
    • Category: 76 Foreign-Style Stout - 23 Entries, Gold: Dark Side Stout

Congratulations to the winning breweries and everyone who represented our state!  Have you ever attended GABF?  What was it like?


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