First up, Saint Arnold Brewing Co. won three medals for their craft beers at Great American Beer Festival (GABF) on Saturday, Oct. 14. Those three medals combined secured the Midsize Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year award for Texas’ oldest craft brewery.
Saint Arnold took home the gold medal for Pumpkinator in the Pumpkin/Squash or Pumpkin Spice Beer category, a first at this competition for this brew. Bronze medals were awarded to Amber Ale in the Original or Special Bitter and Weedwacker in the German Style Wheat Ale categories, respectively. This is the third GABF medal for Amber Ale and fourth for Weedwacker.
This year’s award haul brings the total number of GABF medals for Saint Arnold to 24, the most of any brewery in Texas. This is a great accomplishment in a year where the festival had 7,923 entries from 2,217 U.S. breweries, the most they have ever received.
Next, we have Eureka Heights Brewing Co. taking home Gold in the American-Style Cream Ale category for Buckle Bunny.
“The award was a complete surprise,” Eureka’s Casey Motes said. “Buckle Bunny is a beer I brewed for my brother. He’s a professional cowboy and likes easy drinking beer and it usually was something big box – Buckle Bunny was my brew for him. He and his rodeo buddies even helped me pick the name.
Also taking home hardward this year is the newly opened Holler Brewing Co. The Hollers took home a bronze medal in the ESB (Extra Special Bitters) category for their Holler ESB.
“We’re very proud of it,” John Holler said. “We tried to make it as true to style as we could. We won and we didn’t expect to win anything. It’s an extremely competitive festival.
The 2017 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 293 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of homebrewers paired with professionals. The festival is presented by the Brewers Association.