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Houston GABF Winners 2022

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Houston GABF Winners 2022

Houston brought home a single medal this year. Anything is better than nothing, but it does demonstrate the increasingly high level of competition at the national festival. 

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The Great American Beer Festival, fondly AKA GABF, is like the world’s biggest competition and celebration for the craft beer nerds like us. In the midst of so many different craft beer competitions, GABF stands proudly at the top of the food chain in both prestige and scale. It’s an annual festival that unfolds right in the heart of Denver, Colorado, drawing a waves of craft beer fans who eagerly await the results, both on-site and in the virtual realm, as local heroes beeroes strive to bring home the hardware.

Houston GABF winners 2021 boasted a decent list, as did 2020, and 2019 when I first attended. Texas always shows up pretty strong, and Houston has continually made us proud, but this year was a little more quiet for the gulf coast.

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New Magnolia brought home their second in three years as Houston fav Heights Light Lager snagged the second spot for a shiny silver in the Light Lager category.

Hazy, juicy, and IPAs in general continued to show no signs of slowing down. These categories dominate tap walls, distribution shelves, and awards submissions. However, Pilsner and Märzen creeped up into the top 5 most entered style categories echoing growing trends for more regular, beer-flavored beer.

It’s been since 2009 that Houston only brought home a single medal, but next year, we’ll get a few more!

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2020

New Magnolia Brewing Co. Heights Light Lager
Silver
Light Lager

2021

Eureka Heights Buckle Bunny
Bronze
Cream Ale

True Anomaly Brewing Co. Sea of Waves
Gold
Wood and barrel-aged sour beer

True Anomaly Brewing Co. Scout
Silver
International Lager

Galveston Bay Beer Co. Captain’s Coffee Stout
Bronze
Coffee Stout or Porter

Galveston Bay Beer Co. Bull Shark
Bronze
Scottish-Style Ale

2020

Eureka Heights Wicket Awesome
Gold
ESB

New Magnolia Brewing Co. Fr. Bernard’s Grodziskie
Bronze
Historical Beer

Vallenson’s Brewing Co. Settler’s Oatmeal Stout
Gold
Oatmeal Stout

True Anomaly Brewing Co. Freedom 7
Bronze
Wood and barrel-aged sour beer

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

Houston GABF Winners 2022: You Gotta Play to Win

As we come to the close, GABF turned out to be awesome although we didn’t bring home as much hardware as expected! Maybe this will encourage more Houston breweries to submit. We know several joined in the fun

It’s highly recommended to purchase some GABF tickets nice and early. And don’t forget, the city will be packed, so it’s a wise decision to get those flight and lodging arrangements squared away well ahead of time.

 

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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