Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a quote from Twin Peaks.
Texas beer once again impressed the judges at Great American Beer Festival, colloquially known as GABF or the grandaddy of all beer fests.
The 33-year-old festival invaded Denver over the weekend, bringing along the who's who of the U.S. craft beer industry and inducting a few more into the ring of honor. A gold medal from GABF is considered one of the most prestigious honors a brewer can obtain, and this year, 15 medals came home to the Lone Star State, six of them in the hands of North Texas brewers.
Dallas-Fort Worth's impressive stash includes two gold, three silver and one bronze, with newer establishments dominating the podium. The biggest surprise among local winners? Twin Peaks, the North Texas-based breastaurant that built a brewery at its Irving location in 2014, earned a medal in the wood- and barrel-aged beer category.
"It's great to be recognized by your peers and the community for what we feel is a great product," says Tom Janik, Twin Peaks' brewmaster. "What goes into our brewing operation is the same care and quality that goes into other microbreweries."
Here are the GABF results:
- Gold: Oktoberfest by Rahr and Sons Brewing Co. in "German-style Marzen" category
- Gold: The Regulator by Rahr and Sons Brewing Co. in "German-style Doppelbock or Eisbock"
- Silver: Sasquatch by 903 Brewers in "Aged Beer" category
- Silver: Rapture Fusion Brown Ale by Rabbit Hole Brewing in "American-style Brown Ale"
- Silver: Allergeez by Panther Island Brewing Co. in "Herb and Spiced Beer" category
- Bronze: Barrel-Aged Brown Ale by Twin Peaks Brewery in "Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer" category
The results keep North Texas on a several-year hot streak. Dallas-Fort Worth brewers won six medals in 2014 and two in 2013. Overall, Texas won 16 medals and 10 medals those years, respectively.
Other Lone Star State winners in 2015 include Karbach Brewing Co. (Houston), Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (Austin), Adelbert's Brewery (Austin), (512) Brewing Co. (Austin), Pedernales Brewing Co. (Fredericksburg), Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (Houston), Black Star Co-op (Austin), Real Ale Brewing Co. (Blanco) and BJ's Restaurant and Brewery (Temple).
See the full results here and raise a pint to your local brewers.