GABF - Oregon Screwed Again!

As I mentioned last week, Oregon tends not to do so well at the Great American Beer Festival, despite the fact that we empirically brew the best beer. And so has the 2006 festival confirmed. Among all states, Oregon finished fourth, just a nose in front of famously beery Illinois, with only half the medals of Colorado and a third of Cali's. Behold the horror of the medal count:
39 - California
28 - Colorado
18 - Wisconsin
14 - Oregon
12 - Illinois
19 - Washington
Yeah, Oregon and Washington together have less world-class beers than Colorado. And George W. Bush is one of the great presidents of American history.

However, due props to those that did manage to get beyond the obviously untutored palates of the "judging" staff--you must stand in the stead of the rest of Oregon's great brewers!

  • Barley Brown's Brew Pub, Tumble Off Pale Ale (American-Style Pale Ale category)
  • Bend Brewing Co., HopHead Imperial IPA (American-Style India Pale Ale)
  • Laurelwood Brewing Co., Organic Deranger (Imperial or Double Red Ale)
  • Pelican Pub & Brewery, Doryman's Dark Ale (American-Style Brown Ale)
  • Pelican, Tsunami Stout (Foreign [Export]-Style Stout)
  • Pelican, Kiwanda Cream Ale (Golden or Blonde Ale)
  • Widmer Brothers, Hefeweizen (American-Style Hefeweizen)
  • Alameda Brewhouse, Black Bear XX Stout (Foreign (Export)-Style Stout)
  • Full Sail, Black Gold Imperial Stout (Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Beer)
  • Pelican, MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale (Scottish-Style Ale)
  • Pelican, Stormwatcher's Winterfest (Barley Wine-Style Ale)
  • Widmer, Brewmasters' Pale (American-Style Pale Ale)
  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, Lasto's Oatmeal Stout (Oatmeal Stout)
  • Widmer, Export Lager (European-Style Pilsener)
Oregon should have its own awards: the Beervana awards for transcendent ales. Now that would be a mighty honor.
Jeff Alworth20 Comments