Not surprisingly, chatter about the Great American Beer Festival runs rampant in the world I occupy, and now particularly on Twitter. Just to be clear, I know full well Denver will not be the center of the beer universe this weekend.
There isn’t one.
But GABF has my full my attention, and in doing a little research for stories I’ll be working on this weekend in Denver I was looking at the 1987 judging results. Although the festival began in 1982 the blind judging competititon did not commence until 1987, in all of 12 categories (compared to 78 today).
Here’s who won gold:
Ales – Big Foot Barley Wine Style Ale, Sierra Nevada Brewing
Alts – Chinook Alaskan Amber, Alaskan Brewing
American Cream Ales – Little Kings Cream Ale, Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing
American Lagers – Koch’s Golden Anniversary Ale, Genesee Brewing
American Light Lagers – Leinenkugel, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing
Bock/Doppelbocks – Chesbay Doppel Bock, Chesapeake Bay Brewing
Continental Amber Lagers – Golden Bear Dark Malt, Thousand Oaks Brewing
Continental Pilsner – Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Boston Beer Co.
Porters – Great Northern Porter, Summit Brewing
Stouts – Boulder Stout, Rockies Brewing
Vienna Style Lagers – Vienna Style Lager, Vienna Brewing Co.
Wheat beers – Edelweiss, Val Blatz Brewery
A few of those beers will be contenders to win this week.