The Great American Beer Festival

The Great American Beer Festival of 2015: A Recap

Once a year in the world of beer the gauntlet is thrown down and brewers from all around the nation come together to see whose brews truly reign supreme. The Great American Beer Festival is a veritable who’s who of the industry, and an all around hop filled good time. It’s such a huge event that the festival…

  • Sold out in 1 hour & 17 minutes this year.
  • Saw an estimated 3,500 different beers poured in the festival hall—the largest selection of American beers ever served in one location.
  • Hosted 60,000 attendees (including ticketed attendees, brewers, judges, volunteers and journalists) this year.
  • Hosted 750+ U.S. breweries pouring brews in the festival hall this year—a new record!
  • Provided the city of Denver with a $7 million economic boost in 2012, according to Visit Denver, the city’s convention and visitors bureau.


If you weren’t able to make it out to Colorado for the Festivities this past weekend, here’s SOME of what you missed:
  • The 2015 competition included three new style categories:
    • Category 8: Chili Pepper Beer
    • Category 16: Session India Pale Ale
    • Category 24B: Mixed Culture Brett Beer
  • This year ended with 38 first-time competing breweries winning awards.
  • The breweries with the most medals won, with three medals each, and definitely worth going out of your way to try one day were:
    • Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif. (three medals: two gold, one bronze)
    • Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, Ind. (three medals: one gold, one silver, one bronze)
    • Port City Brewing Co.; Alexandria, Va. (three medals: two silver, one bronze)
    • Left Hand Brewing Co.; Longmont, Colo. (three medals: one gold, two bronze)

Texas Medals

Since there were 275 total medals awarded this year we’re not going to mention each one. Instead we have focused on the winners from our great state of Texas. The complete list can be found at this link:
Beer: Sasquatch 2014 Brewery: 903 Brewers City: Sherman State: TX Category: Aged Beer Medal: Silver
Beer: Karbachtoberfest Brewery: Karbach Brewing Co. City: Houston State: TX Category: American-Style Amber Lager Medal: Silver
Beer: Rapture Fusion Brown Ale Brewery: Rabbit Hole Brewing City: Justin State: TX Category: American-Style Brown Ale Medal: Silver
Beer: Rocket 100 Brewery: The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. City: Austin State: TX Category: American-Style or International-Style Pilsener Medal: Gold
Beer: Vintage Monks Brewery: Adelbert’s Brewery City: Austin State: TX Category: Belgian- and French-Style Ale Medal: Gold
Beer: (512) Wild Bear Brewery: (512) Brewing Co. City: Austin State: TX Category: Brett Beer Medal: Gold
Beer: The Regulator Brewery: Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. City: Fort Worth State: TX Category: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock Medal: Gold
Beer: Oktoberfest Brewery: Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. City: Fort Worth State: TX Category: German-Style Märzen Medal: Gold
Beer: Lobo Negro Brewery: Pedernales Brewing Co. City: Fredericksburg State: TX Category: German-Style Schwarzbier Medal: Gold
Beer: Saint Arnold Weedwacker Brewery: Saint Arnold Brewing Co. City: Houston State: TX Category: German-Style Wheat Ale Medal: Gold
Beer: Allergeez Brewery: Panther Island Brewing Co. City: Fort Worth State: TX Category: Herb and Spice Beer Medal: Silver
Beer: Recalcitrant Dockhand Brewery: Black Star Co-op City: Austin State: TX Category: Robust Porter Medal: Gold
Beer: Real Heavy Brewery: Real Ale Brewing Co. City: Blanco State: TX Category: Scotch Ale Medal: Bronze
Beer: BJ’s LightSwitch Lager Brewery: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Temple City: Temple State: TX Category Session Beer Medal: Gold
Beer: Barrel Aged Brown Ale Brewery: Twin Peaks Brewery City: Irving State: TX Category: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer Medal: Bronze

If beer is your thing then we recommend beginning to plan your trip to The Great American Beer Festival of 2016 now. Next year’s festival runs from October 6th to October 8th, and is a good time you won’t want to miss.

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