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Houston GABF Winners 2019

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Houston GABF Winners 2019

Houston brought home some hardware this year. Both OGs and newcomers joined the ranks.

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The Great American Beer Festival, or GABF as it’s commonly referred to, is the who’s who of the craft beer world. While there are many national and even global competitions, none are as important and prestigious as GABF. Held annually in Denver Colorado, this festival draws thousands of attendees and tens of thousands more following alongside online to see if their hometown heroes brought home the hardware.

We’re proud to say that several of ours did. The Houston GABF Winners 2019 list is pretty long, and we’re thankful to see it.

Saint Arnold wins a medal every single year, it seems. Usually one of their medals is for Pumpkinator. This year was no different. We’ll be busting open a bottle as soon as we get back from GABF to celebrate in their honor.

The fact that they win so often makes us wonder why other OG breweries in Houston don’t enter. The fact that newer breweries like Eureka Heights, Holler, and Great Heights have medaled makes us wonder why everybody doesn’t enter!

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Great Heights showed up for their first of what will surely be many. None of us on the team are on the #BIL bandwagon, but that medal has us all putting our preferences aside for a taste of that Bourbon Legend Barrel Aged Barleywine. These guys have been making killer beers since day 1, and this medal doesn’t come as a surprise at all.

SpindleTap showed that they’re not just a one trick pony with a medal for their ESB, Honey Hole. We’ve been rooting for them long before the haze craze, and it’s vindicating for us to see them win it for something other than an IPA. (I think that means we were on to something. Shrugs)

While in Denver for GABF, we met up for lunch at Falling Rock Taphouse with James Simpson and Chad Pilbeam of What’s on Tap Radio, Erica from Under the Radar, Odell from Brew Bros HTX, Jorge Venegas from Specs, Leo Longoria from SpindleTap and Texas Beer Experience, and Mike Jorge.

While we were there, Leo shared with us that he hoped Honey Hole would get a medal. It’s a good beer, and the recipe has gotten even better under Garrison’s watch. It’s pretty cool that Leo got his wish. Now everybody can start asking for kegs of GABF SILVER MEDAL WINNING Honey Hole.

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2019

Saint Arnold Pumpkinator
Bronze
Pumpkin/Squash Beer or Pumpkin Spice Beer

SpindleTap Honey Hole ESB
Silver
Honey Beer

Great Heights Bourbon Legend Barrel Aged Barleywine
Bronze
Barrel Aged Beer

2018

Saint Arnold Amber Ale
Bronze
Ordinary or Special Bitter

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest
Silver
Scottish-Style Ale

2017

Galveston Island Brewing Blue Bridge Amber
Bronze
American-Style Amber/Red Ale

Eureka Heights Buckle Bunny
Gold
American-Style Cream Ale

Holler ESB
Bronze
Extra Special Bitter

Saint Arnold Weedwacker
Bronze
German-Style Wheat Ale

Saint Arnold Amber Ale
Bronze
Ordinary or Special Bitter

Saint Arnold Pumpkinator
Gold
Pumpkin/Squash Beer or Pumpkin Spice Beer

2015

Karbach Karbachtoberfest
Silver
American-Style Amber Lager

Saint Arnold Weedwacker
Gold
German-Style Wheat Ale

2014

Saint Arnold Weedwacker
Bronze
German-Style Wheat Ale

Saint Arnold Summer Pils
Silver
Munich-Style Helles

2013

Saint Arnold Weedwacker
Bronze
German-Style Wheat Ale

Saint Arnold Summer Pils
Silver
Munich-Style Helles

2010

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA
Silver
Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter

Saint Arnold Fancy lawnmower
Gold
German-Style Kolsch

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest
Silver
Scottish-Style Ale

2009

Saint Arnold Summer Pils
Gold
Munich-Style Helles

2008

Saint Arnold Summer Pils
Silver
Munich-Style Helles

2007

Saint Arnold Fancy lawnmower
Gold
German-Style Kolsch

2006

Saint Arnold Fancy lawnmower
Bronze
German-Style Kolsch/Koln-Style Kolsch

2005

Saint Arnold Amber Ale
Bronze
Bitter

Saint Arnold Summer Pils
Silver
Munich-Style Helles

2003

Saint Arnold Brown Ale (Ale Wagger)
Bronze
English-Style Brown Ale

Saint Arnold Summer Pils
Silver
Munich-Style Helles

2001

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest
Bronze
Scottish-Style Ale

2000

Saint Arnold Fancy lawnmower
Bronze
German-Style Kolsch/Koln-Style Kolsch

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest
Bronze
Scottish-Style Ale

Saint Arnold Winter Stout
Silver
Sweet Stout

1999

Saint Arnold Amber Ale
Bronze
English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter

1998

The Village Brewery Resolution Ale
Gold
English Old Ale/Strong Ale

Houston Brewery IPA
Bronze
English Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter

Houston Brewery Stout
Gold
Foreign Style Stout

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Houston GABF Winners 2019: You Gotta Play to Win

In conclusion, GABF was a ton of fun to attend, and it’s even cooler to have seen all of our hometown heroes bringing home the hardware. GABF tickets go on sale well in advance and details can be found here. I’d book flights and lodging well ahead because it’s slim pickings for AirBnBs and hotels during the busy tourism season.

Beers to you, Houston.

 

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Anthony Gorrity
tony.d@beerchronicle.com

Anthony's a Houston native, a Creative Strategist at https://ledgeloungers.com/, an adjunct instructor of Visual Communication at Lone Star College, and a UH Coog that loves good beer almost as much as he does his city. Anthony lives to help others and that's found a home helping some of the coolest breweries on earth with creative and marketing projects that can be seen on our Portfolio page. Fueled by hoppy lagers, sessionable IPAs, and gangster rap, he's ticked his way through H-Town, rocking the most unusual Nikes he can find. When he's not writing for us, he's with his family or very patiently rooting for the Rockets.

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