First off, congratulations to all our customers who entered in this year’s GABF. We wouldn’t be where we are today as a company without you. OBeer breweries had an impressive haul at GABF this year with a total of 44 medals overall and 2 Brewer of the Year awards.

The 31st edition of the GABF competition featured over 2,200 breweries from all 50 states serving 60,000+ attendees. No surprise that the American Style IPA was the most competitive category with 408 entries (compared to 312 in 2016). View the full awards list here

Here are some highlights by top OBeer users:

Saint Arnold Brewing co. brings bragging rights back to Houston

St. Arnold BrewingSaint Arnold Brewing Co. secured a big win for the city of Houston by taking home the most hardware with 3 medals, including Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size & Brewing Company Brewer of the Year. 

“Texas was raking in the medals this year,” Saint Arnold founder Brock Wagner said by telephone. “It shows just how strong the brewing community here is. I think that made it extra special.” Source: Houston Chronicle

Saint Arnold’s soon-to-be-released Pumpkinator won a gold medal in the Pumpkin/Squash or Pumpkin Spice Beer category, its first GABF medal. Its Amber Ale took bronze in the Original or Special Bitter category, while Weedwacker won bronze in the German Style Wheat Ale category.

“This is the first time we have received the honor, and we feel incredibly grateful. Thank you to everyone who enjoys our beer – it is with your support we are able to brew the beers we love.” Source:

Melvin Wins Gold, Brewery Group of the Year – represents Wyoming

The state of Wyoming was among the top 3 states by ratio of entries to medals won with 46 entries and 5 medals. Wyoming-based Melvin Brewing Co. won 2 gold medals for its Hubert MPA and Fresh Hop IPA. Melvin also won “Brewery Group of the Year.”

Melvin commented on the win via its website:

There are so many ‘awards’ out there these days. Melvin just enters the important ones with the most competitors in them so that we can boost our frail egos if we ever win.

We also like to place bets with the other breweries. We could almost build a second brewery from all the bets we’ve won. Ok, maybe only a 10-gallon brewery…”

Melvin wins at 2017 GABF


OBeer Winners:

Good Life: Gold – Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer – Sweet As

BrewDog: Bronze – Category 3: American-Style Fruit Beer – Elvis Juice

Sun King: Bronze – Category 5: Belgian-Style Fruit Beer – Cherry Busey

Saint Arnold: Gold – Category 6: Pumpkin/Squash Beer or Pumpkin Spice Beer: Pumpkinator

Schlafly: Silver – Pumpkin/Squash Beer or Pumpkin Spice Beer – Pumpkin Ale

New Sarum Brewing: Gold – Lemon Balm and Beets Wheat

Stony Creek Brewery: Bronze – Category 11: Stony Joe

Brew Hub: Gold – Category 17: Session India Pale Ale: Rome City IPA

Melvin: Gold – Category 20: Fresh or Wet Hop Ale: Wet Hop Melvin

Fremont: Silver – Category 20: Fresh or Wet Hop Ale: Field to Ferment

Metazoa: Silver – Category 23: American-Belgo-Style Ale: Klipspringer

Firestone Walker Barrelworks: Silver – Category 27: Mixed-Culture Brett Beer: 10 Buck Chuck

Sun King: Silver – Category 28: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer: Magpie Muckle

Perennial: Silver – Category 30: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout: Maman 2017

Bruery Terreux: Silver – Category 31: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer: Train to Beersel

Neshaminy Creek: Bronze – Category 35: Smoke Beer: Croydon is Burning

Full Sail: Silver – Category 36: American-Style Pilsener or International-Style Pilsener: Sesión Cerveza

Dry Dock: Silver – Category 41: German-Style Pilsener: Pilsner

Firestone Walker: Bronze – Category 41: German-Style Pilsener: Pivo

Foothills: Bronze – Category 42: Bohemian-Style Pilsener: Torch Pilsner

Taft’s Ale House: Gold- Category 45: Vienna-Style Lager: Gustav

Lost 40: Silver – Category 45: Vienna-Style Lager: Vienna Lager

Stony Creek Brewery:  Bronze – Category 45: Vienna-Style Lager: Dock Time

Lonerider: Bronze – Category 50: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock: Goldie’s Big Bock

Dust Bowl: Gold – Category 51: Baltic-Style Porter: Public Enemy Baltic Porter

Three Weavers: Silver – Category 53: German-Style Koelsch: Seafarer

Melvin: Gold – Category 59: American-Style Strong Pale Ale: Hubert MPA

Knee Deep: Silver – Category 61: Imperial India Pale Ale: Lupulin River

BrewHub: Gold – Category 66: Ordinary or Special Bitter: Three Tun

Saint Arnold: Bronze – Category 66: Ordinary or Special Bitter: Saint Arnold Amber Ale

Bent Paddle: Gold – Category 67: Extra Special Bitter: 14° ESB

Fat Heads (Middleburg Heights): Bronze – Category 72: American-Style Black Ale: Midnight Moonlight

Perrin: Bronze – Category 74: Leipzig-Style Gose or Contemporary Gose: Passionfruit Gose

Fat Heads (North Olmstead): Category 77: German-Style Wheat Ale: AlpenGlow

Saint Arnold: Bronze – Category 77: German-Style Wheat Ale: Weedwacker

Utah Brewers: Gold – Category 78: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale: Squatters Hell’s Keep

Metazoa: Silver – Category 78: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale: Breton Blonde

Funkwerks: Gold – Category 80: Classic Saison: Saison

Night Shift: Silver – Category 80: Classic Saison: Matisse

Sly Fox: Gold – Category 82: Belgian- and French-Style Ale: Grisette Summer Ale

Perennial: Bronze – Category 82: Belgian- and French-Style Ale: Working Title

Waikiki: Silver – Category 89: Robust Porter: Black Strap Molasses Porter

New Holland: Bronze – Category 97: Old Ale or Strong Ale: Pilgrim’s Dole