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GABF 2020 | Features Black is Beautiful Initiative

Photo ©2020 Brewers Association & Jason E. Kaplan This year, the Great American Beer Festival went virtual. There was a clear focus on diversity and inclusion in this year’s tasting sessions. There were multiple segments labeled “Brewing For Change” and “Beer Culture” featuring the team from queer and women-owned Lady Justice Brewing, the team from Latino-owned Raíces Brewing Co., and focusing on Weathered Souls Brewing’s Black is Beautiful Project.  Black is Beautiful Collaboration Feature The …

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Bear King Brewing | Winner of 4 Craft Beer Marketing Awards 2020

  Photo credit to Bear King Brewing Happy beer award season! Congratulations to the Bear King Brewing team for bringing home the most recent Texas awards! Even through a pandemic, the resilient craft beer industry continues to grow and find innovative solutions for success. There are competitions for home brewers and professional brewery’s beers, but what about that vibrant can label that catches our eye and convinces us to grab a 6 pack? As the …

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GABF is Virtual for 2020 Here’s What You Need to Know

TICKET INFO: GABF passports are available for $20 here. The 39th Great American Beer Festival® (#GABF), the country’s preeminent beer festival and world’s largest professional beer competition is now the largest virtual beer event of the year. Originally planned for the end of September in Denver, officials were forced to cancel the in-person festival for the first time in its history due to the pandemic. This year’s festival will take place via a two-day online experience that …

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Altstadt Brewery Brings Home Double Gold from GABF 2019

Altstadt Brewery Brings Home Double Gold from GABF 2019 Texas had another stellar showing at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) this year bringing home a total of 16 awards: eight gold, three silver, and five bronze medals. A stand-out this year was the double gold win by Altstadt Brewing Company of Fredricksburg, Texas for their Altstadt Kolsch (German-Style Koelsch) and Altstadt Lager (Munich-style Helles). GABF is one of the toughest and beer competitions, representing …

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Texas at the Great American Beer Festival Recap 2018

Texas at the Great American Beer Festival Recap 2018

The largest beer festival in the US, the Great American Beer Festival, has passed once again. For those who have never been, it has turned into a week long party for craft brewers and fans in Denver that ended Saturday. While most articles locally will talk about how Texas did, I decided to take a deeper look into the numbers of all of this. This year, there were 5 new categories to bring the total …

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Top Picks for Watching the World Cup That Serve Craft Beer in Austin

Craft Beer Austin | FIFA World Cup Games UPDATED: I will update this article throughout the week as new venues publish their schedules.  Please check back often.  Although the US Men’s National team heartbreakingly didn’t make the cut this year, the FIFA World Cup is still the most exciting time in the world of soccer. The 2018 World Cup kicks off on June 14th in Russia, and with only an eight hour time difference, you’ll …

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Austin’s Local Brewery Contenders for World Beer Cup 2018

Austin’s Local Brewery Contenders for World Beer Cup 2018

Update: 2018 Winners Announced Congratulations to the following Austin-area breweries who took home medals this year: Pinthouse Pizza (Burnet): Gold Medal in American Style Strong Pale Ale Category for Green Battles, and Silver Medal in Fresh or Wet Hop Category for This Year’s Crop Wet Hop Pinthouse Pizza (Lamar): Bronze Medal in American Style IPA Category for Bailing Room See the full list of 302 Award Winners from All Styles from from All Countries represented …

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Texas at the Great American Beer Festival Recap 2017

Texas at the Great American Beer Festival Recap 2017

The largest beer festival in the US, the Great American Beer Festival, has passed once again. For those who have never been, it has turned into a week long party for craft brewers and fans in Denver that ended Saturday. While most articles locally will talk about how Texas did, I decided to take a deeper look into the numbers of all of this. This year, there were 2 new categories to bring the total …

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Texas at the Great American Beer Festival Recap 2016

Another year has come and gone for the Great American Beer Festival. For those who have never been, it has turned into a week long party for craft brewers and fans in Denver that ended Saturday. While most articles locally will talk about how Texas did, I decided to take a deeper look into the numbers of all of this. This year, there were 4 new categories to bring the total to 96. These range …

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GABF 2015 – Paired – Craft Beer + Food Event

The GABF 2015 – Paired – Craft Beer + Food Event was coordinated by Chef Adam Dulye, Brewers Association executive chef). During GABF 2015, we were fortunate to be invited to the Paired event (formerly called Farm To Table Pavilion). Hidden way in the back of the Colorado Convention Center, the Paired event was set up with 21 tables, each featuring an independent craft brewery “paired” with featured chefs across the country. We enjoyed small plates with thoughtful craft beer pairings …

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GABF – Sam Adams Beers and Brunch with Jim Koch

During our trip to Denver for the GABF, we had an opportunity to meet with Jim Koch the founder of Sam Adams (Boston Beer Company). As we waited to meet Jim, there was an amazing brunch (eggs, pumpkin french toast, sirloin, lobster rolls, jambalaya, so much more and desserts). Instead of coffee, I tried the Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru (first time having a beer at 9am). This Belgian style ale is at 6.5% ABV and is a wild, funky and …

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Texas GABF Recap 2015 – 9 Gold Medals!

Another year has come and gone for the Great American Beer Festival. For those who have never been, it has turned into a week long party for craft brewers and fans in Denver that ended Saturday. This was my first year to be able to attend the award ceremony which took place on Saturday morning. Basically, it consists of a couple thousand breweries and media overtaking the 5,000 person Bellco Theatre in the Colorado Convention …

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