The largest Category with 113 entries was Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers.Bull and Bush took top honors with their "Legend of the Liquid Brain Imperial "
The 3rd largest category was the American Style IPA- (104 entries)Founders took home the silver in that for Centennial- which so happens to be one of my favorite IPAs in the country.
The Gold went to Raggedy-Ass IPA Big Rock Chop House and Brewery Birmingham, MI
Tom Kehoe grabs his first bronze medal at the World Beer Cup (also first year they entered) for ESB. There were 24 entries for the category
Nodding Head secures the silver for Ich Bin Berliner Weisse
Merry Monks took the bronze for Belgian Style trippel. One of 53 entries.
A little interesting- Green Flash known for Hops takes home silver for Stout and Chico Pale Alesters Sierra Nevada takes top honors for German style pilsner over 68 other entires.
Jason Oliver of Devil's Backbone went back to Virginia with four medals and "small brewpub of the year" honors. I'm officially motivated to do the 5 and a half hour drive down to the Shenandoah Valley to go there.
Allagash White takes home Gold for Belgian Style White. Ommegang takes home silver. Omemgang also takes home silver for Bier de Mars and Gold for Abbey Dubbel.
The fellows of Bella Vista Distributors must be pretty proud of their portfolio right now
Ballast Point wins Small Brewing Co of the year honors. Other medals were won by Lakefront and Caldera. Patrick Rue of the Bruery takes home Gold for Autumn Maple (experimental category) over 50 other entries, and a Gold for Oude Tart for the Belgian Style Flanders Ale.
And to no ones surprise- there were very nice showings from Pizza Port Carlsbad and Firestone Walker (midsize brewery of the year winner).
Comin' up next: Drinking and Dining my way across Chicago all week-=-