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Cincinnati Breweries at the 2013 GABF Competition

Four local breweries submitted 32 entries for judging at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver.  For those unfamiliar, this is one of the most highly regarded American professional brewing competitions (plus a pro-am competition).  More important to many, it also doubles as the nation’s most popular beer tasting festival as it is open to the general public – if you can get tickets.

Here are the entries for our local breweries. (Source: – thanks Jesse!)

Christian Moerlein will field an impressive array of styles at the event. At the Christian Moerlein booth, they will be serving the Helles Lager, Barbarossa Double Dark Lager, OTR Ale, Northern Liberties IPA, Seven Hefewizen, Vanilla Porter, Uwanafix Belgian Style Grand Cru, Zeppelin Bavarian Pale Ale, Philippus Kirche Kolsch and Peatty Pepper Porter. The brewery will be entering all of those beers into competition as well as the Exposition Vienna Lager, Emancipator Doppelbock, Christkindl winter seasonal, Coffee Porter, Dubel IPA 2012 / 2013 (two entries), and the bourbon barrel aged Poe Peaty Oui-Eve.

Results: Silver medal for Emancipator Doppelbock!

MadTree Brewing will have a booth at the event and will be giving out samples of its Psychopathy IPA, Amber Brown and Identity Crisis Black IPA. Those beers will also be entered into the competition.

Results: Robbed… No medals

Listermann/Triple Digit Brewing will enter its Serpentine Wheat Ale, White Death Winter Warmer, Chickow Hazelnut Double Brown Ale, Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter, Gravitator Dopplebock and Friar Bacon Smoked Bock. The entries will also be served at the booth.

Results: Robbed… No medals

Rhinegeist Brewing will be submitting and serving its Cougar Golden Ale, Uncle British Mild Ale, Fiction Belgian Extra Pale Ale, Truth IPA and Sabertooth Tiger Imperial IPA. In addition to that, Truth will be served at the Brewers Association booth and head brewer Jim Matt will join master cicerone Rich Higgins to give a talk on food pairing with IPAs.

Results: Robbed… No medals

Rivertown attempted to enter four beers but ran into technical difficulties with a flawed entry system.  Blank Slate had intended to enter three beers but decided to focus on keeping us satiated rather than banging his head against a keyboard.

Check back on Saturday (10/12) to see how our locals fared in the competition.  Best of luck to all and thank you for representing Cincinnati with so many great beers!

UPDATE 10/12/2013: Christian Moerlein was the only local craft brewer to return home with a medal (oh and Sam Adams got a gold) but all the breweries represented Cincinnati extremely well. They certainly garnered some attention and the country is notice that we have a mighty brewing culture.

Mike Stuart

Craft beer enthusiast and hombrew dabbler. Part-time writer, sometimes funny.

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