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Save the date: Great American Beer Festival ticket sales begin July 31

May 12, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer, Events, Travelin'

GABF capThe Great American Beer Festival (GABF) members-only ticket pre-sale begins on Tuesday, July 31, at 11 a.m. CDT. The general public ticket sale opens on Thursday, August 2, also at 11 a.m.

All tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com.

The Great American Beer Festival, which is held in Denver, has sold out each year for the past five years, and tickets sold out in a matter of days in 2011. So be sure to buy tickets early if you wanna go.

And for more details, the GABF website will be updated for 2012 in the coming weeks.

Boscos wins gold for Hefeweizen at 2012 World Beer Cup

May 08, 2012 By: mike Category: Competition, Craft beer, Memphis

World Beer Cup 2012Boscos won its first medal at the World Beer Cup this weekend, capturing the gold for the Boscos Hefeweizen.

Boscos won in “Category 52: German-Style Pale Wheat Ale,” which had 22 entries. It was only the second time Boscos had entered the World Beer Cup, according to Boscos founding partner Chuck Skypeck.

And it was the second big win in the past year for the Boscos Hefeweizen, which also took gold at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.

Boscos has brewpubs in Memphis, Nashville and Franklin in Tennessee, as well as Little Rock, Ark. The Hefeweizen was brewed at the Little Rock brewery, though all the Boscos breweries entered the beer collectively.

The 2012 World Beer Cup, the ninth bi-annual such competition, boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories. A 17.7 percent increase over 2010,  entries were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards in their respective categories. Judges presented a total of 284 awards.

“It’s called ‘The Olympics of Beer Competition’ for good reason,” said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996.

“The event brings together great brewers from all corners of the globe. Plus, the awards are highly regarded. A brewer who wins a World Beer Cup gold award knows that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 World Beer Cup. The Brewers Association and the proud sponsors of our event thank all participating brewers for their involvement.”

Go here for a complete list of winners.

Boscos wins gold, Ghost River gets silver at 2011 Great American Beer Festival

October 04, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

GABFMemphis-based craft breweries Boscos and Ghost River Brewing each won a medal this weekend in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival, the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

Boscos Hefeweizen took gold in the category of German-style Wheat Ale (out of 23 entries). It was the fourth win for the Hefeweizen at GABF. The Boscos wheat beer previously won gold in 2005 and 2007 and a silver medal in 2006.

Meanwhile, Boscos’ sister brewery, Ghost River, took the silver medal in the Irish-style Red Ale category (31 entries) for the Ghost River Copperhead Red.

“The medal for Ghost River is our first and of course that is exciting,” said Chuck Skypeck, founding partner for both Ghost River and Boscos.

Skypeck said Boscos, which enters the competition as a “brewpub group” that allows it promote the win across all its breweries, held mini-competitions among its brewpubs to determine which specific beer to send.

“The Hefeweizen in this case came from Nashville, but could have just as easily come from Memphis or Little Rock,” Skypeck said.

This year 3,930 beers were vying for medals at the Great American Beer Festival, with the number of entries up 11 percent over 2010. Entries were received from 526 breweries in 48 states plus Puerto Rico.

Award-winners received gold, silver and bronze medals in 83 beer categories covering 134 beer styles (including subcategories). A total of 248 medals were awarded.

Check out all the winners here.

GABF’s most competitive category was American-Style India Pale Ale, with 176 entries. Four new beer styles were judged at the 2011 GABF, including Fruit Wheat Beer (48 entries), Chocolate Beer (30 entries), American-Style Brett Ale (31 entries) and International-Style Pale Ale (20 entries).

In addition to the medals won by Boscos and Ghost River, Big River Grille and Brewing in Chattanooga was the other Tennessee winner. The brewpub won a bronze medal for its Rocket Red in the American-Style Amber/Red Ale category (82 entries).

Congrats to the Tennessee winners at GABF!