by Jeremy Banas
Tim Schwartz president of the Texas craft brewers guild and co-owner/brewer of Real Ale Brewing.
Three days and a few brews later, the Great American Beer Festival (otherwise known as GABF) has now come to a close and as always, it didn't disappoint. This year's festival competition saw 732 breweries from around the United States enter 4,809 brews with 201 judges from 11 countries brought together to evaluate the best of American Craft ales, lagers and specialty libations. Many Texas breweries were recognized for their talents in 2012 and this year was no different.
Texas brought in 10 awards this year four gold, two silver and four bronze medals.
Here are the winners:
Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery, Austin
Bronze medal for their Elba in the Herb/Spice Beer category
Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston
Silver medal for its 'Summer Pils' in the Munich-Style Helles category
Bronze medal for its 'Weedwacker' in the German-Style Wheat Ale category
Austin Beer Works, Austin
Gold medal for its Black Thunder in the German-Style Scharzbier category
Community Beer Co, Dallas
Gold medal for its 'Public Ale' in the Extra Special Bitter category
Real Ale Brewing Co., Blanco
Silver medal for its 'Brewers Cut Altbier' in the German-Style Alt category
Jester King Craft Brewery, Austin
Bronze medal for its 'Atrial Rubucite' in the Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale category
Pinthouse Pizza, Austin
Bronze medal for its 'Blind Jake' in the Brown Porter category
Namaste Brewing at the Whip In, Austin
Gold medal for its 'Bitterama' in the Herb/Spice Beer category
Cedar Creek Brewery, Seven Points
Gold medal for their Cedar Creek Belgian-Style Abbey Dubbel in the Belgian-Style Abbey Ale category