Day One, Judging at GABF

I managed to get thru the morning of Fruit Beers and Barley Wine style Ales.  Man, they are getting real specific with Categories and sub categories.  I actually judged the Fruit Beer or Field Beer category.   Field Beer?  What the heck is that you say?  Well here it is, they are ” any beers using vegetables as an adjunct in any of the mash, kettle, primary or secondary fermentation, providing obvious (ranging from subtle to intense), yet harmonious, qualities.”  It goes on to NOT include chili peppers or pumpkins (which have their own category).  Well I guess from a marketing perspective Field Beer sounds better sounding than its predecessor, Vegetable Beer…..

Judged Old Ales or Strong Ales  and then Kellerbier/Zwickelbier in the afternoon.  Our Table Captain was none other than Todd Ashman currently with Fifty Fifty Brewing Company of  California.  Todd brought a lot of very insightful points about the Kellerbier style and has some favorites in Franconia and the surrounding area.  He mentioned that he likes to spend at least 2 weeks per year in the region just to research the beers of the many family owned and slowly disappearing breweries there.  Good stuff and  I learned more about the style which is part of the reason I enjoy judging at this event.

More to come, Cheers,  Bill

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~ by madfoxbrewing on September 24, 2009.

3 Responses to “Day One, Judging at GABF”

  1. Bill by the way who is your rommmate??

  2. Jeff Evans and I were in Franconia a few weeks ago and had a wonderful tour of Schlenkerla given by Mattias Trum the 6th generation of his family to own that brewery. Wonderful beer. We were privileged to try some zwickle urbock that was creamy and tasty. We also visited Brewery Spezial, Fassla, Kloster and one other all in the Bamberg area. Franconia is a fantastic region to tour in search of well made, precision beers.

  3. Hey Bill,
    Miss you !Sorry I can’t be drinking with you. Tell Ralph I said Hi. Drink a beer for me at falling rock. Good to hear you are having fun Judging
    Dave & Becky

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