Apparently there is some damn good beer being brewed in Texas.
The judges at Denver's Great American Beer Festival, which took over the city Oct.6-8, awarded 10 medals to brewers in the Lone Star State and one was even named brewpub of the year.
A gold medal from GABF is regarded as one of the top honors in the industry and a total validation of a brewer's skill. The 2016 competition was its biggest yet, with 7,227 beer entries across more than 90 style categories, according to the Brewers Association.
Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. won two medals — a gold for its Industry pilsner and a bronze for Hell Yes helles — before the Brewers Association named it large brewpub of the year. Amos Lowe, Brian "Swifty" Peters, and Kim Mizner were also honored as brewers of the year.
"It hasn't sunk it yet," Peters said after the ceremony. "You see breweries that win that and you respect them so much you don't even dream it would happen."
"I wake up every day to make better beer and it's great they recognize it, that it paid off," he said.
Fort Worth's Panther Island Brewing won a gold medal in the Pro-Am competition, which pairs a professional brewery with a homebrewer to produce the non-professional's already award-winning recipe. Panther Island and homebrewer Clifton Ellis took top honors out of 88 entries with Just Rye'te, an American pale ale.
Here are the GABF results:
- Gold: Anodyne Wheat Wine by Revolver Brewing (Granbury) in the "other strong beer" category
- Gold: Industry by Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (Austin) in the "German-style pilsner" category
- Gold: Big Drought Stout by Solid Rock Brewing (Spicewood) in "Irish-style stout" category
- Gold: Real Heavy by Real Ale Brewing Co. (Blanco) in the "Scotch ale" category
- Silver: Sir Williams by Grapevine Craft Brewery (Grapevine) in the "English-style brown" category
- Bronze: Redbud with Cucumber by Independence Brewing Co. (Austin) in the "field beer" category
- Bronze: Witbier by Community Beer Co. (Dallas) in the "witbier" category
- Bronze: Flyin' Monks by Adelbert's Brewery (Austin) in the "Belgian-style dubbel or quadruple" category
- Bronze: Toad Choker Barley Wine by Nine Band Brewing (Allen) in the "barley wine-style ale" category
- Bronze: Hell Yes by Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (Austin) in the "Munich-style helles" category
See the full list of winners here and raise a pint to your local brewers.