11 October 2008

2008 Texas GABF winners

St. Arnolds Brewing Company and Fredericksburg Brewing Company won more medals at the Great American Beer Festival this afternoon. Here are all three Texas winners.

Fredericksburg Brewing Co.Helles KellerTXGold Kellerbier/Zwickelbier
Saint Arnold Brewing Co.Saint Arnold Summer PilsTXSilver Munich-Style Helles
Uncle Billy's Brew & QueHell In KellerTXSilver Kellerbier/Zwickelbier

But did you notice that the place in Austin, Billy's Brew and Cue, had a kellerbier, too. AND I was reading the brew blog of Travis Poling of the SA Express-News, and he was in Denver covering the GABF and had a Zwickelbier at a press briefing. I have never heard of the beer before, and here are three examples in the news.

So I dug up the style sheet for the GABF and found this:

20. Kellerbier/Zwickelbier A. Subcategory: Unfiltered German-Style Lager Traditional kellerbier examples are typically unfiltered and often young, not fully lagered versions of Germanic lager styles of beer such as Münchner-Style Helles and Dunkel, Dortmunder/European-Style Export, Bohemian-style Pilsener and German-style Pilsener. Kellerbier is noticeably less carbonated. Subtle or low levels of esters may be apparent. This is an unfiltered beer but it may be naturally clear due to settling of yeast during aging. They may or may not be clear. Exhibiting a small amount of yeast haze in the appearance is acceptable. Low to moderately low levels of yeast-generated sulfur compounds in aroma and flavor should be apparent, and low levels of acetaldehyde or other volatiles normally scrubbed during fermentation may or may not be apparent. The sulfur and acetaldehyde characters should contribute positively to the beer drinking experience. Dry hopping is acceptable. Head retention may not be optimal. Contemporary Version of Kellerbier are typically beers that are packaged or on draft which are simply unfiltered versions of a style of lager - fully carbonated, fully lagered, full head retention, absent of acetaldehyde. For the purposes of this competition,darker lager styles such as Märzen, Dunkel or Schwarzbier that contain yeast could also be appropriately entered into this subcategory. Brewer may indicate on the bottle whether the yeast should be intentionally roused or if they prefer that the entry be poured as quietly as possible. The brewer must provide the classic style on which the entry is based to allow for accurate judging. Beer entries not accompanied by this information will be at a disadvantage during judging. Original Gravity (ºPlato): Varies with style Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): Varies with style Alcohol by Weight (Volume): Varies with style Bitterness (IBU): Varies with style Color SRM (EBC): Varies with style

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