2012 Great American Beer Festival
If you know me in person, you know that I really like beer. And I'm not too picky, either. I'll drink anything except Miller High Life (including things like Lone Star and Natty Light). But obviously, some beers are better than others, and all the different types add variety, so I was interested to see the results of the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.
Of course, the first thing I checked was to see how many beers from Texas won prizes. Here's the list:
|Bronze||Uberbrau||Humperdinks Restaurant and Brewery||TX||American-Style Amber Lager||2012|
|Gold||Shiner Bock||Spoetzl Brewery||TX||American-Style Dark Lager||2012|
|Gold||Royal Scandal||Peticolas Brewing Co.||TX||Classic English-Style Pale Ale||2012|
|Gold||Shiner Oktoberfest||Spoetzl Brewery||TX||German-Style Märzen||2012|
|Silver||Hans' Pils||Real Ale Brewing Co.||TX||German-Style Pilsener||2012|
|Gold||Shiner Bohemian Black Lager||Spoetzl Brewery||TX||German-Style Schwarzbier||2012|
|Silver||Firemans #4||Real Ale Brewing Co.||TX||Golden or Blonde Ale||2012|
|Gold||Bottle Rocket||Uncle Billy's Brew & Que - Lake Travis||TX||Kellerbier or Zwickelbier||2012|
|Silver||Iron Thistle||Rahr & Sons Brewing||TX||Scotch Ale||2012|
Not too bad. I've tried all but three of those (Uberbrau, Royal Scandal, & Bottle Rocket). And I have to admit a soft spot for the Spoetzl Brewery. I've joked that it's one of the best parts about living in Texas, and a few years ago, I actually made the pilgrimage to Shiner to tour the brewery. Here's me inside, right before they shooed us out for separating from the tour group.
It's kind of fun browsing through the results state by state, looking to see the good beers from the different regions. I checked Hawaii since we were just there for vacation this summer, and saw that they had three winners (two of which I tried when there).
There are 84 categories total in the Great American Beer Festival, with gold, silver, and bronze medals in each one. I've tried a lot of them, but there are even more that I haven't. So this is a great guide for the next time I'm at the beer store.
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