Wisconsin Breweries, and Medals, and Such

The Great American Beer Festival happened, and a smattering of Wisconsin breweries received recoginition for outstanding acheivement in the field of excellence. The Great Dane was awarded “Brewpub Group and Brewpub Group Brewer of the Year,” so good for them.

Beyond that, seven Wisconsin breweries received ten medals. Let’s take a look-see, shall we?

Leading the pack was Stevens Point Brewery, which won two gold medals for its Point Oktoberfest, in the American-style amber larger category, and Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, in the field beer or pumpkin beer category.

I haven’t had Point in a while. I have no comment.

Other gold medal winners were Madison-based Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., for Uber Bock, in the German-style doppelbock or eisbock category;

Haven’t had that either.

New Glarus Brewing Co.’s Hometown Blonde, in the Bohemian-style pilsener category,

Good for New Glarus. The Hometown Blonde is excellent. I said so here last month.

and Amherst-based Central Waters Brewing Co., for Fourteen Fourteen, for wood- and barrel-aged strong stout.

Haven’t had that. Holy damn, though. It looks like a powerful brew.

Winning silver medals were New Glarus Brewing Co.’s Staghorn Octoberfest, for American-style amber lager;

Staghorn is good. It’s not my favorite Oktoberfest, but it’s an easy drinker.

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.’s Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, for fruit wheat beer;

Blech.

Miller Brewing Co.’s Miller Lite, for American-style lager, light lager or premium lager,

PBR took the gold, which seems right.

and Milwaukee-based Lakefront Brewery Inc.’s Fixed Gear American Red Ale, for American-style amber/red ale.

Also fine.

Miller’s Mickey’s Malt Liquor won a bronze medal in the American-syle specialty lager or cream ale or lager category.

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE GODDAMN KIDDING ME.

You can check out the full list of GABF winners here.

(Photo © Brewers Association)