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Four STL breweries medal at Great American Beer Festival

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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 { from left, Side Project bartender Megan Knaus, co-owner and brewer Cory King and brewer Tommy Manning; Perennial Artisan Ales co-owner Phil Wymore and brewer Chris Kinast } 

 

The St. Louis craft beer scene continues to be recognized at the national level. Four area breweries earned medals at this year’s Great American Beer Festival last weekend, Oct. 5 to Oct. 7, in Denver. GABF is one of the craft brewing industry’s largest annual events.

Perennial Artisan Ales took home two medals: a silver in the wood- and barrel-aged strong stout category for Maman 2017, and Perennial also took a bronze in the Belgian- and French-style ale category for Working Title. It’s a familiar feeling for the South City brewery; Perennial has picked up five other GABF honors, including a gold for its Savant Blanc in 2015.

“There were over 2,000 breweries that entered beers in the competition,” said Perennial co-owner Phil Wymore. “It’s a great honor, and St. Louis was really well represented.”

 

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{ Schalfly brand specialist Wil Rogers }

 

Charleville Brewing Co. garnered its second GABF win: a bronze medal for its Barrel-Aged Barleywine in the wood- and barrel-aged strong beer category. Charleville director of operations Tait Russell did not return requests for comment. Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale won a silver medal in the pumpkin/squash beer or pumpkin spice beer category. This is the first GABF win the brewery.

“I think it’s a big deal for anyone who wins a medal there,” said Schlafly founding brewer Stephen Hale. “I would say collectively we’re feeling very good about it. “

Side Project Brewing’s Blended 2017 was awarded a silver medal in the Belgian-style lambic or sour ale category. It was also the first GABF honor for Side Project.

“The GABF is the largest U.S. competition,” said Side Project co-owner Cory King. “To be recognized for pretty much our bread and butter was really cool. We knew there’s be some serious competition in that category, and for ours to take second was pretty awesome.”

Photos courtesy of Perennial Artisan Ales and Schlafly 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Drink This Weekend Edition: 3 GABF-worthy beers

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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Last weekend, I attended the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, a three-day national beer festival and competition attended by thousands each year. Though the festival itself can be over-stimulating at times, Denver is full of fantastic beer, beer people and beer events throughout the week.

Several St. Louis-area breweries poured at GABF, and even more entered the competition in hopes of procuring more medals for this wonderful beer town. While listening to the results, I realized just how rapidly breweries and beer culture are expanding – there were many I’d never heard of before. More beer for the people! Three St. Louis-area breweries medaled this year; head to Perennial or across the Mississippi this weekend to check out these nationally notable beers:

Perennial Artisan Ales Meriwether took silver for classic saison
Excel Brewing Flash Bang took bronze for American-style wheat beer
Scratch Brewing Oyster Weiss* took bronze for experimental beer

Some of my favorite nonlocal beers also medaled last weekend and are available in St. Louis throughout the year. Keep your eyes open for Bells Expedition Stout (silver in aged beer), Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale (gold in ordinary or special bitter) and Left Hand Fade to Black, Volume 1 (silver in export stout).

 

*Editor’s note: Oyster Weiss is not currently available. 

Katie Herrera is tasting room manager at Side Project Cellar and co-founder of Femme Ferment.

The Scoop: Perennial takes gold at the Great American Beer Festival

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

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{Some of the Perennial Artisan Ales team celebrate with a bottle of the winning Savant Blanc.}

 

Perennial Artisan Ales snagged a sweet win for its Savant Blanc sour ale at the Great American Beer Festival. The brewery took gold in the American-style sour ale category at the national beer festival, which took place in Denver last weekend, Sept. 24 to 26.

Perennial has previously won two silvers at GABF, but co-owner Phil Wymore said this is its first gold. “The win means a lot,” Wymore said. “We don’t expect to win a medal, so its validation that we’re making a good beer and our hard work is being recognized.”

Perennial brewmaster Cory King said it was an honor to be recognized from 85 other brews entered in this category. “There are so many beers and so many entries. It’s amazing to place let alone win,” King said.

Savant Blanc is Brettanomyces-fermented Belgian blonde ale aged with Chardonel barrels with Chardonel grapes. Wymore said St. Louisans can get a taste of this award-winning brew when the second batch releases in a month or two.

 

 

The Scoop: The Civil Life Brewing Co. takes gold at Great American Beer Festival

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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{From left, Civil Life brewers Brandon Stern and Dylan Mosley accept the gold award for their Rye Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival.}

 

The Civil Life Brewing Co. is raising a pint or two in celebration following its victory last Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Brewers Dylan Mosley and Brandon Stern accepted the gold medal for Civil Life’s Rye Pale Ale, which bested more than 80 beers entered in the rye category.

“I would like to think that maybe what made it stand out was that it was a very well-rounded, well-made beer,” Mosley said. “The category rye allows for a lot of self-expression and possibly even a lot of experimentation.” Though he has not yet received official feedback from the judges, Mosley said he thought The Civil Life’s experimentation with a traditional pale ale caught their attention.

“We shoot for something that’s a little deeper and copper in color,” he said. “Rye tends to be a little on the lean side. It can have a spicy note to it.” Mosley and Stern balance that spice with sweetness, using different malts and citrus- and pine-forward hops from the Pacific Northwest.

This was the first year The Civil Life attended the Great American Beer Festival, which attracts thousands of breweries from across the country. Mosley said taking top honors both validates the 3-year-old brewery’s beermaking style and also raises the bar for what’s to come.

“We may have a lot of pretty traditional beers in our portfolio. When you can do well with something that is not immediately as exciting … as some of other things (out there) … it says something about your philosophy and technique,” Mosley said. “We’ve got to make sure that everything we’re doing lives up to the moment that we were getting recognition for.”

 

-photo courtesy of Jason E. Kaplan

Well, all right, Already

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Congrats to O’Fallon Brewery for scoring a silver medal in the pro-am competition at last week’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The winning brew, Alright Already Amber, was a collaboration between the O’Fallon, Mo.-based brewery and St. Charles County homebrewer Jim Yeager. Look for the American-style amber, which went up against 71 other beers in the competition, on tap at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar, Blue Sky Café and Bar, Cicero’s, The International Tap House, Newstead Tower Pub, and The Stable. There will be samples, too, at the Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival on Saturday.

Photo by Jonathan S. Pollack

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