GABF 2008
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I was fortunate to be able to attend the AHA-NHC and the GABG this year. Here are some GABF photos.

Lots of Beers (2902), Lots of People (46,000).
Photo © 2008 Jason E. Kaplan

Greg Christmas! Former Indy Homebrewer found at the GABF - now works for Dogfish Head in Delaware.

Hoosier Beer Geeks, Mike and Gina, took several weeks off to drive to the GABF touring breweries and pubs along the way.
Gina is picture here with her broken leg -fractured in Roller Derby practice before the trip.

After years of correspondence, I finally got to meet Carolyn Samgalski - The Beer Fox

Wanted to spend more time with her but she keep hanging out with this big green guy!

Sam Calagione, Founder of the Dogfish Head Brewery (and Greg's new Boss.)

Another of my Brewing Heroes - Jim Koch of Boston Beer -Sam Adams.
My great-grandfather sold his great-grandfather's beer in St. Louis

Barley Island Brewer Jon lang and Myself at the GABF
Jon brought - "Beastie barrel", "Dirty Helen' and "Single White Friar" to the show.

Mark, Jon, Chris and Mark - Two Amateurs - Two Pros. in the Pro-Am

Bill Lang, Charlie Papazian, and Jon - Bronze Metal for the "Beastie Barrel"

Indy's RAM Brewer, Dave Colt, Wins Gold for "Old Jack" and Silver for " Buffalo Bock"

Former Indy Rock Bottom Brewer, Iain Wilson, wins for "Eric the Red"

Record Number of Entries Heightens Competition


Denver, Colo.- October 11, 2008- More than 127 judges labored for three days to evaluate 2,902 beers and pick the best entries and top breweries for this year's Great American Beer Festival.  A total of 222 medals were awarded in 75 beer style categories and top breweries and brewers were designated based on the total number of medals won. The five top awards recognize small, medium and large breweries and small and large brewpubs.  The awards went to the following breweries:

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year: Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Doug Muhleman

 Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year:  Pyramid Breweries Inc. Simon Pesch

 Indiana Wins-






Barley Island Brewing Co.

Beastie Barrel Stout



Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer

Ram Restaurant & Brewery (Indianapolis)

Buffalo Bock



Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer

Ram Restaurant & Brewery (Indianapolis)

Old Jack



Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer

Three Floyds Brewing Co.




German-Style Märzen


Thought these numbers were interesting for the 2008 GABF wieners:

*       Top winning states:

California - 39 medals

Colorado - 33 medals

Oregon - 19 medals

Wisconsin, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania - 10 awards each

 Top 5 winning cities:

Portland - 10 medals

Denver - 9 medals

Milwaukee - 9 medals

Carlsbad - 6 medals

Paso Robles - 6 medals

Most competitive beer styles:

American IPA - 104 entries

Fruit or Vegetable Beer - 87 entries

Experimental Beer - 82 entries

Most Winning Breweries (despite location: i.e.: Rock Bottom - all locations)

MillerCoors - 8 awards

Pizza Port - 7 awards

Rock Bottom -7 awards

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - 6 awards

Iron Hill - 6 awards

Alaskan Brewing Co. - 4 awards

AleSmith Brewing Co. - 4 awards

Anheuser-Busch Inc. - 4 awards

Pabst Brewing Co. - 4 awards

The SandLot - 4 awards

CB & Potts - 3 awards

Deschutes Brewery - 3 awards

Dogfish Head Brewery- 3 awards

Pyramid Breweries Inc.- 3 awards

Rogue Ales - 3 awards

Snake River Brewing - 3 awards