Best in Show: The standouts of GABF 2012
In my previous post I listed several of my favorite beers from this year’s GABF. But I wanted to do one more that specifically pointed out a few beers and breweries I thought were just unbelievable.
- Hot Thoup (Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Milton, DE). This beer was served warm, which is completely unlike any beer I’ve ever had. Carrot juice and pureed ginger were added to an imperial ale base recipe, giving it a mulled wine-like quality.
- Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter (Willoughby Brewing Co., Willoughby, OH). This was my #1 FAVORITE beer of the festival! In fact, that’s two years in a row. While there were a handful of dark peanut butter beers present, this one was the absolute most flavorful and delicious–hands down. I thought about it for an entire year and was beside myself to have it in my hands again.
- IPA 395 (Mammoth Brewing Co., Mammoth Lakes, CA). This double IPA was brewed with desert sage and mountain juniper, giving it an herbal quality unlike any others I tasted at the festival.
- Spring House Brewing Co. (Conestoga, PA). This was my overall favorite brewery. I had never heard of it, but when the beer list came out here’s what I saw: Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout, Braaaiins! Pumpkin Ale for Zombies, Planet Bean Coffee Stout, Satan’s Bake Sale Mint Chocolate Chip Stout. It was my first stop, as I knew with beers this interesting, they probably wouldn’t last long. ALL of these were some of the best beers I’ve had. This place was my most exciting discovery of the fest. All were bursting with flavor and tasted exactly like I had hoped. I tried to introduce a friend to these awesome brews on Saturday afternoon, but they were gone.
I couldn’t simply put the above beers on my general overall list. They deserve a special post for being so creative, inventive, imaginative, delicious, and amazing.
Thank you to all of the above for their dedication and for bringing their top notch craft beers to Denver!