Five Year History of WA Medal Winners at GABF

September 23rd, 2009 · No Comments · Events

David Buhler from Elysian at the 2008 GABF.

David Buhler from Elysian at the 2008 GABF.

Judging has already started at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, and tomorrow is the first night of the public festival. Washington breweries have a long history of winning medals at GABF, and hopefully some of our favorite brewers will return home with hardware once again this year.

If you are a serious beer drinker, but you have not yet had the chance to attend GABF, you need to think about a trip for next year. It’s something that every beer lover should do at least once in their lifetime. Some people hate the crazy crowds and drunk college kids, but most people really enjoy themselves at what is the equivalent of a huge trade show in a convention center for beer drinkers. There are ways to minimize the annoyances of the festival. I’m taking this year off after attending the past 3 years, but I’ll hopefully be back next year.

If you won’t be at the festival this year, you can still watch the medal awards ceremony live online at Noon PT this Saturday.

Good luck to all the local brewers, as well as to all the local homebrewers with beers in the Pro Am competition!

Here are the Washington medal winners from the past 5 years:

2008
Pyramid Crystal Wheat Ale – Gold – American Style Wheat Beer (21 entries)
Pyramid Apricot Ale – Gold – Fruit or Vegetable Beer (87 entries)
MacTarnahans Blackwatch Cream Porter (Pyramid) – Gold – Brown Porter (30 entries)
Flyers Pacemaker Porter – Bronze – Robust Porter (47 entries)
Silver City Old Scrooge – Silver – Old Ale or Strong Ale (40 entries)
Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout – Silver – Other Strong Beer (32 entries)
Rock Bottom Bellevue Hop Bomb – Gold – American-style Strong Pale Ale (71 entries)

2007
Elysian Great Pumpkin – Silver – Fruit or Vegetable Beer (94 entries)
Elysian The Wise ESB – Gold – Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter (38 entries)
Elysian Dragonstooth Stout – Silver – Other Strong Ale or Lager (32 entries)
Hale’s O’Brien’s Harvest Ale – Silver – Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter (38 entries)
Pyramid Crystal Weizen – Gold – American Style Wheat (19 entries)
Rock Bottom Bellevue Hop Bomb – Silver – American Style Strong Pale Ale (91 entries)
Fish Brewing Old Woody – Gold – Old Ale or Strong Ale (32 entries)
Flyers Bottleworks VIII Anniversary – Bronze – Other Strong Ale or Lager (32 entries)

2006
Pyramid Crystal Weizen – Gold – American Style Wheat Beer (23 entries)
Silver City Gold Mt. Pilsner – Gold – European Style Pilsner (23 entries)
MacTarnahan’s Mac’s Ale (Pyramid) – Silver – Classic English Style Pale Ale (25 entries)
Big Time Goddess Porter – Gold – Robust Porter (71 entries)
Flyer’s Pacemaker Porter – Silver – Robust Porter (71 entries)
RAM (Seattle) Slapshot Stout – Silver – Classic Dry Irish Stout (21 entries)
Boundary Bay Highland Scotch Reserve – Silver – Strong Scotch Ale (25 entries)
RAM (Seattle) Rambeaux – Bronze – Strong Scotch Ale (25 entries)
Elysian Dragonstooth Stout – Silver – Other Strong Ale or Lager (30 entries)

2005
Pyramid Crystal Weizen – Silver – American Style Wheat Beer (21 entries)
Rock Bottom (Seattle) Faller Wheat Ale – Silver – American Style Hefeweizen (31 entries)
Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA – Bronze – Herb and Spice Beer (57 entries)
Big Time Tinderstick ESB – Bronze – Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter (55 entries)
Snipes Mountain Porter – Silver – Robust Porter (54 entries)
Far West Brewing 3 Threads Porter – Bronze – Robust Porter (54 entries)
Walking Man High Road Scotch Ale – Gold – Strong Scotch Ale (34 entries)
Big Time Nemesis – Gold – Old Ale/Strong Ale (30 entries)

2004
Issaquah Brewhouse Bullfrog Ale – Silver – American Style Wheat Beer (20 entries)
Pyramid Hefeweizen – Gold – American Style Hefeweizen (25 entries)
Pyramid Maple Wheaten – Bronze – Specialty Beer (13 entries)
RAM (Tacoma) Palm Island Porter – Bronze – Experimental Beer (29 entries)
Boundary Bay Dunkles Bock – Gold – European Style Dark/Munchner Dunkel (21 entries)
Snipes Sunnyside Pale Ale – Bronze – Bitter (29 entries)
Elysian The Wise ESB – Gold – Extra Special Bitter (41 entries)
RAM (Tacoma) Bearcat Brown Ale – Silver – American style Brown Ale (37 entries)
Snipes Porter – Gold – Robust Porter (48 entries)
Pyramid Porter – Bronze – Brown Porter (41 entries)
Silver City Imperial Stout – Silver – Imperial Stout (43 entries)
RAM (Tacoma) Freeride – Bronze – Old Ale/Strong Ale (31 entries)
Elysian Dragonstooth Stout – Gold – Other Strong Ale or Lager (26 entries)
Boundary Bay Old Bounder – Silver – Barley Wine Style Ale (37 entries)

And, I realize that Pyramid is brewed in OR these days…but the awards are listed as WA, so I’m reporting them as WA.

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