While Capital Brewery out of Middleton, Wisconsin, was named Grand National Champion at the 2013 United States Beer Open Championships, Texas breweries acquitted themselves admirably.
As ardent lovers of old people, old places and old things, we were chuffed to learn that the oldest brewery in the world: Weihenstephaner, founded in 1050, won Gold and Silver Medals in the German Wheat category.
Now, onto the Texas killers that brought home the bacon: ESB
SILVER – Public Ale – Community Beer Company – Texas
English Brown Ale
BRONZE – Alfred Brown – Peticolas Brewing – Texas (as an aside,if you haven’t tried Gentleman’s Relish from Lone Pint in Magnolia you are missing out on one of the world’s great brown beers)
BRONZE – Scotch Ale – Guadalupe Brewing – Texas (remember when you were a kid and you’d leave the bread in the toaster for an extra few seconds to get that deep, lovely burnt flavor? That is what this beer tastes like, but dipped in whisky)
Strong Scottish Ale
GOLD – Iron Thistle – Rahr and Sons – Texas
BRONZE – Great Scot! – Peticolas Brewing – Texas
GOLD – Velvet Hammer – Peticolas Brewing – Texas
Belgian Abbey Ale – Dubbel
BRONZE – Inspiration – Community Beer Company – Texas
SILVER – Witbier – Community Beer Company – Texas
Dopple / Strong Bock
BRONZE – The Regulator – Rahr and Son – Texas
BRONZE – 2012 Great Scott – Peticolas Brewing – Texas
This exemplary showing just confirms what we already know. Texas is right at the top of the USA craft beer scene. In spite of being hamstrung by antiquated laws and ordinances, Texas craft breweries are shouldering their way onto the highest planes of the US beer scene.
Now get out there and get falling down drunk on some Texas craft beer.