October 13th, 2013 | Martin Cizmar Food & Drink | Posted In: Beer

Oregon Wins All the Medals at GABF

...well 25 of them, 10 gold, in categories including IPA, gluten-free, American wheat, sour, barrel-aged and fresh hop.

gabf - duckmanDuckman, the proudest of all Oregonians at Denver's Great American Beer Festival.

Maybe this is news to you and maybe it isn't, but Oregon makes the nation's best IPA.

That beer, according to judges at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, is Barley Browns Pallet Jack, which beat out 252 other American-style IPAs in the largest American beer festival's biggest category. It was the first time an Oregon brewery won the category since 2006, when it was far smaller and less competitive.

That award was the highlight of a very, very good weekend for Oregon beer at the Colorado Convention Center. While our friends in Washington State will be able to make a really nice Gose with all the tears they're shedding after winning only four medals, Barley Browns and Browns' new offshoot, Baker City Brewing, won five all by themselves, including the coveted IPA gold, gold for their American Style wheat  (Shredder's), gold for their Hand Truck pale ale and silver for their Don Vanuchi the Killer stout.

But enough about Barley Browns and our friends up north. Oregon won 25 medals in all, 10 of them gold. How about that local gluten-free beer? Portland's Harvester took gold in the festival's most Portlandy category, with Deschutes grabbing silver.

Portland's Old Town Brewing also won gold in a coveted category, fresh hop ale, with Cent's and Censability. Eugene's Oakshire won gold for barrel-aged beer with Hellshire III and Ninkasi took home Oregon's only gold in a lager category for their Bohemian style Pilsner. 

The Commons Urban Farmhouse Ale, WW's 2013 Beer of the Year, won silver in the French-Belgian style saison category and the Commons Myrtle won silver in American-style sour ales.

Portland's Breakside, which had our fifth favorite Oregon beer of last year, took home two bronze medals for their Passionfruit sour and ESB.

Oh, and a story from WW's Beer Guide also won a medal. Congratulations to WW contributor Brian Yaeger. You can read his award-winning oral history of Widmer Brothers hefeweizen here.

You can sort through the full GABF results here. To get tickets for Oregon's next huge beer competition and festival, the inaugural Portland Pro-Am, click here.

The Portland Pro-Am will be November 2 inside the former Con-way Warehouse at 22nd and Quimby and features 13 breweries, including 2013 GABF medalists Old Town, Deschutes and Breakside. Ah, that sounds really nice, doesn't it?

 
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