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Oktoberfest in America: The Country's Best Beer Gardens

Oktoberfest in America: The Country's Best Beer Gardens


This Oktoberfest marks not only another excuse to sit outside and imbibe, but a huge anniversary: the 200th anniversary of the original "biergarten." Originating in southern Germany two centuries ago, the beer garden is an outdoor venue where beer and (traditionally) German snacks are served. While some U.S. cities, particularly New York, picked up on this trend a while back, the phenomenon is rapidly spreading across the country — just in time for Germany’s largest party.

Although they now serve as a perfect leisure activity, beer gardens were born more or less out of necessity. In an age before refrigerators and sophisticated brewing systems, lagers underwent a slow, cool fermentation process, and needed to be stored and aged at even cooler temperatures for several months. The problem? A Bavarian brewing ordinance enacted in 1539, says Alexandra Schulz of Paulaner Bräuhaus (with 18 locations worldwide). The ordinance, which came after several brewery fires, restricted brewing during the winter months — causing a big problem for brewers (and drinkers) needing a cold one during the summer. So Bavarian brewers began to store their barrels of brews in underground cellars, and planted trees over them to shade the ground from the hot sun.

These storage gardens were located near rivers, which provided an extra cooling element, and all at once, Bavarians realized they had created the perfect spot in which to enjoy the finished beers. Following the 1812 act that allowed brewers to serve beer to customers on the land above their underground cellars, the biergarten was born. Brewers began to serve traditional German dishes such as schnitzel, spatzle, and sausages to accompany the frothy refreshments. With their perfect combination of food, drinks, and socialization, beer gardens became a gathering spot for German families, and thus developed beer garden culture.

Surprisingly, the first Oktoberfest precedes the 1812 ordinance that birthed the biergarten. In 1810, King Ludwig I invited the public to celebrate his marriage in front of the city's royal gates; the event might have been the first-ever "biergarten" in the sense that we know it today — crowds of people, gathered together, enjoying a pint (or three). The 179th Oktoberfest in Munich this year will bring together beer lovers from around the globe to sit back with a pint.

Expatriates began to transport the Bavarian idea of biergartens worldwide, thanks to the newfound love of wheat beer, says Schulz. Waves of immigration brought the beer garden to America, but Prohibition, along with anti-German sentiment after World War I, caused the fad to fade. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Queens, N.Y., and Mecklenburg Gardens in Cincinnati, which both made our list, are noteworthy examples of historical beer gardens that survived tough times.

Now, we’re seeing the comeback of the American beer garden — in styles both traditional and modern. Some have maintained their historical roots, and these German-inspired spots keep even the hippest beer drinkers coming back for more. But others have tried to outdo the traditional competition by putting a twist on a classic concept. By vamping up the menu with more American selections and creating a different ambience, this beer garden revival brings something for everyone. "The biergarten, which has represented freedom and serenity for 200 years, simply epitomizes the way of life in Bavaria," Schulz says. "It also represents an attitude which anyone can adopt, whether old or young, rich or poor, local or from afar."

The best part is, you don’t have to go to Germany to experience Oktoberfest — or a fantastic beer garden. We’ve rounded up the best beer gardens of all varieties from around the country. Here’s how to celebrate Oktoberfest, and the 200th birthday of this beloved drinking venue, while staying close to home.

Whether historical and authentic or innovative and adapted, here’s where to enjoy some of the best beers in America in a great atmosphere. As the Germans say, Prost!


15 Beer Gardens In America You Have To Visit Before You Die If You Love Outdoor Drinking

We have the Germans to thank for the Beer Garden, the warm weather institution that seems as vital to Spring, Summer and Early fall as a dip in the pool. Nothing beats drinking outside in the warmer months, and over the past few years, several American beer gardens have opened across the country that give their German counterparts a serious run for their money. Fueled by great food, fantastic craft beer, and awesome locations, these beer gardens are some of the best places to drink outside in the country. Here are our favorites:

Frankford Hall – Philadelphia

This epic beer hall can seat over 400+ people, so even when it gets crazy crowded, which it does on beautiful days, you have a chance of getting a seat. The list is a good mix of great German beer and the best Pennsylvania micro-brews around.

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Bardo – DC

One of the more eclectic beer gardens on the list, they are soon to open a second location in the revitalized Navy Yard section of the city. All the beers on the list are ones they make themselves, and they can be rather nuts, which is half the fun. Plus the place is huge.

Der Biergarten – Atlanta

This place is Germany in the heart of the deep south. While Atlanta has a ton of great craft breweries, it’s German beers that dominate this list. Located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, hanging out here is the best way to visit Germany from Atlanta without having to endure the city’s awful airport.

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden – New York

This place started the beer hall craze in New York City. It’s the oldest, and still the best, in our honest opinion. This wouldn’t have been a serious list if we’d left it off.

Scholz – Austin

This is another Beer Garden you have to have on this list if it’s actually going to be credible. The place has been open since 1866…yeah, it’s an institution. While other new kids on the block, such as Bangers and Easy Tiger may be where many of the Austin transplants are hanging out, those that know still head to Scholz.

Wolff’s Biergarten – Albany

While most people only find themselves in Albany, New York if they’re working for the state government, another great reason to visit is Wolff’s. The bar has a great selection of beer, but is probably just as well known for its rabid devotion to Futbol, known by us yanks as soccer. If you happen to be there on a day a game is playing, be prepared to watch, and enjoy it.

Mecklenburg Gardens – Cincinnati

This place has been open 150 years, even during Prohibition. It’s traditional German food and beer here, and the authenticity is worth the visit.

Sheffields – Chicago

Sheffields helped introduce Chicago to craft beer, and it keeps getting better. Whether you just want to start trying out craft beer, or your are a die-hard geek, this is the outdoor drinking locale for you.

Zeppelin Hall – Jersey City

There aren’t many good reasons to take the PATH Train, but this is one of them. Zeppelin has a great mix of German and craft, plus pretty good food.

Green Valley Ranch – Denver

What we love about Green Valley Ranch is the section of their menu they call “stadium beers.” While we love drinking craft beer, every once in a while, especially when it is super hot out, a stadium, or lawnmower beer as we call them, is just what the doctor ordered. It’s also as cold as The Rockies.

Estabrook Beer Garden – Milwaukee

Located in Estabrook park, this beer garden is one of several that’s supported by the Milwaukee County Department of Parks. The beer gardens in public spaces exist thanks to the overwhelming number of German immigrants who moved to Milwaukee decades ago, and brought the tradition of drinking in the park with them.

Bayou Beer Garden – New Orleans

Sure you can drink outside anywhere in New Orleans, but it’s more fun to do it here.

The Pharmacy – Nashville

This is Nashville’s original beer garden and also home to the city’s best burger. Plus, who doesn’t want to drink at a place called The Pharmacy.

Zeitgeist – San Francisco

This uber-popular dive-bar slash beer garden is situated in the Mission, almost beneath the Central Freeway. With a few dozen beers on tap and a massive patio that’s dotted with picnic tables, Zeitgeist is a requisite stop if you’re in San Francisco.

Zeitgeist’s Picnic Tables via Jeff Turner/flickr

The Biergarten At The Standard Downtown – LA

Some of the best LA bars are inside hotels, and this is no exception. Downtown LA has experienced a massive renaissance recently, so go hang out.

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All photos courtesy of the respective beer gardens unless otherwise noted.


8 Delicious Oktoberfest Dishes to Sop Up All That Beer

If you’re in Munich, we bet you’ve got a pretzel in one hand and a beer stein in another (don’t spill!). It’s Oktoberfest, the annual German festival that started over 200 years ago as a royal wedding celebration. Can’t make it to Bavaria this year? You can host an Oktoberfest-themed shindig at home with these recipes. Some buck tradition, but that’s all right: They all go great with a cold beer.

If you aren’t into sauerkraut’s slippery, fermented texture, try Ina Garten’s riff on a cabbage-based side instead. Her sauteed recipe turns out sweet and tender — a welcome surprise to those who are typically cabbage-averse.

Sausage is a necessary Oktoberfest element, and Michael Symon’s brats are super-savory after a slow simmer with garlic and onions.

Bobby Flay’s recipe is deliciously tangy, thanks to lots of vinegar, mustard, onions and bacon — you won’t miss the mayo at all.

GOUDAANDBEER FONDUE BREAD BOWL Food Network Kitchen Food Network Crusty Bread, Gouda Cheese, Swiss Emmentaler Cheese, Cornstarch, Lager Beer, Lemon Juice, Dijon Mustard, Kosher Salt, Garlic, Apples, Pears

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Dip apples and pears into this upscale twist on beer cheese for a party snack that’s both comforting and crisp.

Ideas from Food Network Magazine:

Food Network Magazine stuffed crispy chicken cutlets (topped with pickles and mustard) into pretzel buns for a dish that’s a complete taste of Oktoberfest in every bite.

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without these chewy, salty twists. Food Network Magazine’s puffy pretzels are perfect for dipping in spicy mustard.

If you think making buttery noodles from scratch is too complicated, you haven’t tried this recipe’s genius hack: Push the easy-to-make dough through a colander to form the pieces. Sour cream and seltzer make the dish extra-pillowy.

For dessert, follow Food Network Magazine’s lead: Take the best parts of Oktoberfest, coat them in irresistible caramel and make sure you share with a friend.


Best Oktoberfest: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

  • Region: Germany
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • Tasting Notes: malty, floral, bread

When you’re talking about Oktoberfest beers, you’re usually talking about märzen. Traditionally brewed in March so they are ready for the fall, these malty brews are just as well known for their rich flavor as they are for the celebration that goes with them.

Ayinger is located near the epicenter of that celebration, just outside Munich, and its Oktober Fest-Märzen embodies the flavors of the festival. This beer has a “beautiful amber and copper maltiness with caramel notes and a huge stand of off-white foam,” Dost says.


10 Great German Beers for Oktoberfest—or Any Fest

As Oktoberfest winds down, so does the drinking public's infatuation with German beer. And although you may have glugged enough märzenbier—the robust, full-bodied lager typically served during the celebration—to fill a few dozen glass boots, this is not the time to thumb your nose at Deutschland's intoxicating bounty.

The country's canon of beer styles shoots far and wide, veering from crisp, bright lagers to hefeweizen's cousin roggenbier and the sour, smoky Lichtenhainer. (Trust us, you'll want to taste them.) So instead of saying auf wiedersehen to German brews, take these foreign styles for a spin. We doubt you'll give them the boot.


VBGB Beer Hall & Garden

WHERE: Charlotte, NC

Bigger is better at Charlotte&rsquos VBGB Beer Hall & Garden. The lively drinking hole has 30 beers and ciders on tap, and also offers flights of craft brew. Chow down on a giant soft pretzel or homemade bratwurst, or head to the garden&rsquos giant backyard patio to play large versions of board games such as Jenga, chess, and Connect Four. Visitors can also take a break from drinking at the beach volleyball courts, ping-pong tables, and corn hole spaces.


Celebrate Fall at a Midwest Oktoberfest

Sauerkraut shots. Beer choir. Barking hot dog buns. Welcome to Oktoberfest country.

If any place knows how to pull off a good Oktoberfest (outside of Deutschland, that is), it’s the Midwest. A lot of us have German in our blood. Emigrants from Germany built many of our towns. They gave us brats, beer, cuckoo clocks and a fall party tradition dating back to an 1810 royal wedding in Munich. So crack open our guide to all things oompah. First tip: Oktober thrills start in September. Gemütlichkeit! (This doozy of a word—guh-MUHT-lich-kite—is German for good cheer, fun and friendliness. Try saying it three times fast after your third hefeweizen.)

Lass Uns Tanzen! Let’s Dance!

It takes pluck to brave the country’s biggest Oktoberfest. But we can count about a million reasons to go—literally.

Cincinnati hosts the king of all American Oktoberfests, drawing more than half a million people over three days. (For comparison: Munich’s 16-day fest attracts more than 7 million.) Along more than six street blocks downtown, you’ll find truckloads of kraut and strudel, live music, the Goodwill Games, and the signature Running of the Wieners. But the real point of pride is the World’s Largest Chicken Dance. That’s a sea of humans in varying states of sobriety beak-miming, elbow-flapping and booty-shimmying to the most obnoxious earworm of all time. These days, unifying that many Americans on any topic is cause for a toast. Maybe that’s why Cincinnati hit a new attendance record in 2017. So don’t be chicken. Or, rather, please do.

Courtesy of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati USA

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati by the numbers

675,000 attendees

224,000 sausages

48,000 chicken dancers

20,000 cream puffs

702 pounds of Limburger cheese

400 pickled pigs feet

The taste of Oktober

The classics are salty, meaty, carby and almost universally made for mustard.

Chicken This may explain the Cincinnati dance. Despite the sausage hype, more chicken (usually rotisserie-roasted) is consumed than any other meat at the official Munich Oktoberfest.

Metts This German delicacy, known as mettbrötchen when spread over bread, is usually spiced raw pork. An American version served in Cincinnati typically swaps in beef, gets smoked or cooked, and is served like a hot dog.

Pretzels Crunchy, soft or strung on a necklace, beer’s best friend dates back to the Dark Ages. Long ago, European monks prayed with crossed arms. In observation of Lent, one symbolically crisscrossed plain dough, making the first pretzel.

Red cabbage A sweet-and-sour German favorite, served alone or as a side to meat.

Sauerkraut The real stuff is marked by onions, juniper berries and fermentation. Heap your kraut on a brat or savor it solo.

Guide to The Wurst Eats

We can’t list the 1,000-plus sausage varieties you’ll find in Germany. But look for these top dogs (or spreads) at a bona fide Oktoberfest.

Bratwurst The short-and-stout classic brat contains minced pork and beef. You don’t need our help here: Grill it, throw it on a roll and slather it in sweet German mustard.

Bockwurst Also known as a frankfurter, it’s often made of veal and pork and resembles a curved American hot dog. Devour it with mustard and bock beer.

Liverwurst This spreadable meat is usually made from pork and pork liver. Try it on crackers or as a liverwurst sandwich with raw onion and mustard.

Weisswurst A breakfast staple of lightly spiced veal and bacon, this boiled white sausage hails from Munich. Traditionalists suck it out of its casing.

Auf Bier Gebaut/Built on Beer

You won’t find a Minnesota town that wears (or drinks) its German heritage more proudly than New Ulm, home to America’s second-oldest family brewery.

As 11 a.m. approaches, all ages flood New Ulm’s Minnesota Street for free shots. “Still hot,” says a dirndl-clad woman. Not booze. Just a mini cup of pure sauerkraut, pulled from a wagon in the street parade, like a rabbit hiding in a magician’s hat.

Consider it an initiation: the Oktoberfest purist’s hair of the dog after dancing in the Bier Garten late into the night on the other side of town. Or, for some, a snack after the day’s drinking began hours ago—preferably with a Schell’s brew.

While Abe Lincoln was mounting his first presidential campaign in 1860, German immigrant August Schell was selling his first beer in New Ulm. Six generations and 158 years later, the Schell family is still pouring lagers, Oktoberfests and Kölsch beers in this profoundly German enclave 100 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

Specializing in German craft beer (and now the Grain Belt brand), August Schell Brewing is Minnesota’s largest beer producer. Among independent, family-owned brewers, only Yuengling in Pennsylvania has been operating longer. So it’s fitting that New Ulm throws what may qualify as the nation’s most authentic Oktoberfest (October 5–6 and 12–13 in 2018).

Clockwise from top left: George Glotzbach models his Oktoberfest best at Veigel’s Kaiserhoff restaurant. Wearing authentic wooden masks, The Narren of New Ulm have been stirring up mischief for 30 years. Visitors hoist steins at Schell’s Brewery. Photos: Ackerman + Gruber.

The first-Saturday parade unfolds like a time line: “Forstner 1856,” “Havemeier 1857” and “Zangel 1860.” Each float or walking group holds a sign declaring when their family arrived in New Ulm. Census data shows that 65 percent of the town’s 13,500 residents have German roots. But these aren’t the stoic and proper Germans of the north, explains George Glotzbach, Obrigkeit (authority) of the parade. “Bavarians are a different breed,” he says with a smirk. “We drink more beer. We are louder. And we know how to have a good time.” Call them the Oktoberfest Germans.

Hearing that, and seeing the oompah spirit around town, it’s surprising that New Ulm held its first Oktoberfest only in 1970. But it’s a far-reaching celebration now. At B&L Bar, an accordion and tuba blare to a packed crowd ordering $10 Schell’s samplers and bloody marys with nearly a full brunch skewered in the glass. Rodney’s Tavern serves sauerkraut margaritas down the street. Draft horses tow hay wagons full of visitors to stages and beer tents downtown. Even in the countryside, Morgan Creek Vineyards hosts a day of wine tastings, traditional dancing and a grape stomp that draws costumed teams from across the state.

Schell’s throws its own Oktoberfest bash on the brewery’s historical grounds on the edge of town. Deer graze in a fenced-in park while peacocks wander freely outside the original brew house. The structure was one of just a few buildings to survive a city-wide fire in the 1860s. Lesson learned: Beer has always been the strength of New Ulm.

What a view! Hermann the German has watched over New Ulm since 1897. Climb spiral stairs up the 102-foot-tall national monument. Photo: Ackerman + Gruber.

Hit the road

Go big for Oktoberfest in these small towns.

Frankenmuth, Michigan September 20–23, 2018 The first Munich-sanctioned Oktoberfest outside Germany takes over Michigan’s Little Bavaria. The fest also became the first U.S. spot to import Munich’s famed Hofbräuhaus beer in 1997. Today, don’t miss up to 100 dachshunds in wiener races.

Hermann, Missouri October 5–28, 2018 In the heart of Missouri wine country, Oktoberfest really does happen in October—all four weekends. Park yourself at one spot, or take advantage of the Hermann Trolleys that whisk visitors between some of the wineries, breweries, bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants, and events (ghost hunts in haunted buildings!).

Guide to the German beers

Oktoberfest In Germany’s classic fall brew, malt is the shining star, not hops. At Schell’s, a touch of sweetness makes their fall Märzen-style beer taste like a delicious loaf of bread, says brewery president Ted Marti.

Firebrick Named after the bricks lining old boilers, this Vienna-style amber lager combines a hint of hops with subtle maltiness. The result is a mild and dangerously drinkable year-round beer.

Hefeweizen This Bavarian-style unfiltered brew was the first wheat beer made in the U.S. after Prohibition. Schell’s reintroduced it as a spring-summer seasonal in 2001. It has a citric tang and banana aroma.

Fort Road Helles The brewers at Schell’s teamed with nearby farmers to create this pale lager made from local barley. The grain’s bready notes create a full-flavored, Bavarian-style classic.

Ein Prosit! A Toast!

Raucous drinking songs are an Oktoberfest tradition. But a choir director in St. Louis has spun that cultural phenomenon into a year-round movement across the Midwest. All together now!

By the time the after-dinner crowd straggles into the timber-vaulted beer hall at Das Bevo in St. Louis, the choir is well into the hymnal. Boisterous voices stammer through the “Schnitzelbank” song. Some people hold posters illustrating the lyrics: fräuleins, sows, Christmas trees. There are no robes, no music risers and no audience. Because anyone who shows up to drink that night is, in a way, a member of the choir. Beer Choir.

Think of it like trivia night at a local bar, except instead of slinging facts, you’re singing songs and swinging pints. “There’s power to it,” insists Mike Engelhardt. He started Beer Choir in 2014 on the firm belief that making music together in public can unite people.

As the music and worship director at a Methodist church, Mike knows his way around the “deepest, richest, nerdiest levels of choral music.” His Beer Choir Hymnal catalogs 40 songs: a mix of originals, classic drinking songs and hymns edited with beer-inspired lyrics. His goal, ultimately, is “finding ways to connect with a general audience and make music that is meaningful and accessible.”

It’s working. Four years since it started, Beer Choir has active Midwest chapters in the Twin Cities Chicago Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Rapid City, South Dakota. You can buy T-shirts and hats that read “Sing Responsibly.” But that doesn’t mean you have to hold a tune. Rather, just let go of your inhibitions and trust you’ll have a great time.

Mike Engelhardt (right). Photo by Paul Nordmann.

Guide to Oktober Fun and Games

Stein hoisting This real-deal competitive sport, aka Masskrugstemmen, has legit rules: Arm out. No bend in the elbow. Last person holding their mug parallel to the floor wins. Sound easy? A full-liter stein weights more than 5 pounds. Be prepared to last 20 minutes if you want to challenge the best.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati USA attendees compete for the stein-hoisting crown. Photo courtesy of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati USA.

Toasts Oktoberfest is no dainty clink-on-the-rim affair. Tip No. 1: Grab the stein’s handle to avoid crunching fingers. Tip No. 2: Aim for the bottom of the mug, where it’s thickest. Tip No. 3: If you don’t slosh any beer, try again. Some say the heft of a stein was designed for a forceful collision of mugs in (less-than-sober) revelry.

The chant At any moment in a beer tent, be ready for call-and-response cheers. For example, someone shouts, “Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy!” The room replies: “Oy, Oy, Oy!” Toast and swig. If you’re feeling bold, start it yourself. The ritual also ends the most popular Oktoberfest song, “Ein Prosit.”

Strapping on their custom buns and condiments, canine competitors take to the track in Cincinnati. Photo courtesy of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati USA.

Wiener-dog races House rules apply for most Oktoberfest dachshund races. Frankenmuth, Michigan, rewards the smallest, fattest and even best-dressed wieners. But any event that features an army of hot dog
buns, tiny tails and paws flailing makes every spectator the true winner. Wiener’s circleThe original 1810 Oktoberfest in Munich culminated with a major horse race. In the Midwest, we prefer dachshunds.


The Pharmacy calls itself Nashville&rsquos &ldquowurst burger joint&rdquo – a nod to its selection of German wurst and beer, available to enjoy in the spacious outdoor beer garden.
Photo courtesy of The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

Our readers voted these 10 American beer gardens as the best spots to enjoy a beer outdoors.

  1. The Raleigh Beer Garden - Raleigh, North Carolina
  2. New Realm Brewing Company - Virginia Beach
  3. The Charlotte Beer Garden - Charlotte, North Carolina
  4. Tucker Brewing - Tucker, Georgia
  5. Saint Arnold Brewing Company - Houston
  6. Funkatorium Biergarten - Asheville, North Carolina
  7. VBGB Beer Hall and Garden - Charlotte, North Carolina
  8. Lowry Beer Garden - Denver
  9. Dacha Beer Garden - Washington, DC
  10. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden - Nashville

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning beer gardens!


Saloons Paved the Way for Beer Gardens in America, but That Wasn’t Exactly a Good Thing

America has a long history with beer gardens — and it wasn’t always rosy. The outdoor spaces have a checkered past in America, due to changing social mores, world wars, and, of course, Prohibition.

Introduced by German immigrants in the 1840s to 1920s, beer gardens struggled to gain mainstream acceptance at first because of their seedy, dimly lit predecessors: American saloons.

“Before the mid-19th century, America was a saloon culture,” Joe Hursey, archivist at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, tells VinePair. Saloons, mainly for men and “possibly prostitutes,” were “where you drank out of the sight of the public,” he says. “In most cases, getting drunk was the sole purpose for being there.”

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Beer gardens, on the other hand, were outdoor drinking spaces inviting men, women, and children. They accompanied many of the country’s best-known breweries, including Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Pabst, and Schlitz. Some were even theme parks.

The most famous, Schlitz Park, built in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1879, hosted “polo matches, carousels, acrobats, operas, orchestras, vaudeville performers, carnivals, and dances. In the winter time, people could ice skate while live music played,” Hursey says.

In other words, these were wholesome, family-friendly affairs. Unlike traditional public houses, beer gardens’ purpose was not intoxication, but gemütlichkeit, a German word indicating social acceptance, comfort, and cheer. The age- and gender-inclusive spaces, where “women and children could be found in the gardens sipping beer and eating pretzels,” contrasted Americans’ current alcohol consumption rituals, Hursey says. “Americans drank to get drunk, while Germans drank for leisure,” he says.

The Temperance Movement, which began in the in the early 1800s and gained momentum in the 1830s and 1840s, followed by Prohibition from 1920 through 1933, wiped beer gardens from the American landscape. Unfortunately, it took decades to restore them due to anti-German sentiment preceding and during World War I and World War II.


These Are The Best Beers in America

The Great American Beer Festival is underway this weekend in Denver, Colorado. In addition to being one of the country’s largest beer festivals, the festival is also one of the nation’s largest beer competitions.

This year 2,295 breweries submitted 9,497 beers to be judged in the competition. Only 283 of those breweries walked away with medals, 37 of those for the first time.

Here’s the official list of winners:

Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer - 80 Entries Silver: Cumberland Punch, East Nashville Beer Works, Nashville, TN Bronze: Termes Beer, Spearfish Brewing Co., Spearfish, SD

Category 2: American-Style Fruit Beer - 144 Entries Gold: Salt River, Historic Brewing Co., Flagstaff, AZ Silver: Quat, Tampa Bay Brewing Co. - Ybor City, Tampa, FL Bronze: Boom Dynamite, O.H.S.O. Brewery + Distillery, Phoenix, AZ

Category 3: Fruit Wheat Beer - 109 Entries Gold: Bitchin’ Berry, Great Basin Brewing Co. - Production Facility, Reno, NV Silver: Cherry Wheat, Sierra Blanca Brewing Co., Moriarty, NM Bronze: Smash, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Category 4: Belgian-Style Fruit Beer - 52 Entries Gold: Foxy Lady, Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, WA Silver: All the Goodness, Gezellig Brewing Co., Newton, IA Bronze: Cherry Valley Farmhouse, Heritage Hill Brewhouse & Kitchen, Pompey, NY

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Category 5: Pumpkin/Squash Beer or Pumpkin Spice Beer - 51 Entries Gold: Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI Silver: Pumpkin Rumble, Mistress Brewing Co., Ankeny, IA Bronze: Pumpkinator, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX

Category 6: Field Beer - 104 Entries Gold: Scoring Discrepancies, Listermann Brewing Co., Cincinnati, OH Silver: Dessert Station: Cherry Almond Cookie, Corporate Ladder Brewing Co., Palmetto, FL Bronze: Grandma’s Pecan, The Dudes’ Brewing Co., Somis, CA

Category 7: Chili Beer - 96 Entries Gold: Jalapeno Pineapple Pils, Brickway Brewery & Distillery, Omaha, NE Silver: Bringin’ Da Heat, Devil’s Creek Brewery, Collingswood, NJ Bronze: Oyster Jalapeno Porter, Bull Island Brewing Co., Hampton, VA

Category 8: Herb and Spice Beer - 119 Entries Gold: Kveik Thai Tom Kha, Shades Brewing, Park City, UT Silver: One Night in Bangkok Smoothie IPA, Midland Brewing Co., Midland, MI Bronze: Deck Daze, Vail Brewing Co. - Vail Village Pilot, Vail, CO

Category 9: Chocolate Beer - 68 Entries Gold: Old Balltown Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Brownie Milk Stout, PIVO Brewery, Calmar, IA Silver: **Contains Chocolate**, Corporate Ladder Brewing Co., Palmetto, FL Bronze: Somebody Else’s Dream, Fort Myers Brewing Co., Fort Myers, FL

Category 10: Coffee Beer - 97 Entries Gold: Duluth Coffee Pale Ale, Earth Rider Brewery, Superior, WI Silver: Clear Sky Daybreak, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, Columbus, OH Bronze: Central Perk, Ambitious Ales, Long Beach, CA

Category 11: Coffee Stout or Porter - 100 Entries Gold: There is No Cow Level, GameCraft Brewing, Laguna Hills, CA Silver: Portola Breakfast Stout, Tustin Brewing Co., Tustin, CA Bronze: White Russian, SunUp Brewing Co., Phoenix, AZ

Category 12: Specialty Beer - 67 Entries Gold: Rye Hipster Brunch Stout, Odd Side Ales, Grand Haven, MI Silver: Agavemente, SouthNorte Beer Co., San Diego, CA Bronze: I Did It All For The Cookie, FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Truckee, CA

Category 13: Rye Beer - 53 Entries Gold: Rye Dawn, Breakwater Brewing Co., Oceanside, CA Silver: Unite the Clans, Third Space Brewing, Milwaukee, WI Bronze: Suss it Out, Level Crossing Brewing Co., South Salt Lake, UT

Category 14: Honey Beer - 66 Entries Gold: A&M Honey Bock, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery - Boulder, Boulder, CO Silver: Honey Hole, SpindleTap Brewery, Houston, TX Bronze: Jetty, Great South Bay Brewery, Bay Shore, NY

Category 15: Non-Alcohol Beer or Alcohol-Free Beer - 17 Entries Gold: Enough Said N/A, Two Roots Brewing Co., San Diego, CA Silver: Bravus Oatmeal Stout, Bravus Brewing Co., Newport Beach, CA Bronze: Bravus Barrel-Aged Bourbon Stout, Bravus Brewing Co., Newport Beach, CA

Category 16: Session Beer - 50 Entries Gold: Texas Lager, Community Beer Co., Dallas, TX Silver: Lite It!, Light the Lamp Brewery, Grayslake, IL Bronze: Peacekeeper, Launch Pad Brewery, Aurora, CO

Category 17: Session India Pale Ale - 94 Entries Gold: Gravity Check, Kern River Brewing Co. - The Backyard, Kernville, CA Silver: Trump Hands, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO Bronze: That IPA, Community Beer Works, Buffalo, NY

Category 18: Other Strong Beer - 29 Entries Gold: Northstar Imperial Porter, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder, CO Silver: False Hope, Spilled Grain Brewhouse, Annandale, MN Bronze: Double Brown Ale, Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery, Santa Fe, NM

Category 19: Experimental Beer - 124 Entries Gold: Fungus Shui, Meadowlark Brewing, Sidney, MT Silver: Shibbleshabble, Primitive Beer, Longmont, CO Bronze: Fluffernutter, Kings Brewing Co., Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Category 20: Fresh Hop Beer - 40 Entries Gold: Fresh Hop Green Battles, Pinthouse Pizza North, Austin, TX Silver: Hop Stalker, Fat Head’s Brewery - Canton, Canton, OH Bronze: Aqua Seafoam Shame, Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA

Category 21: Historical Beer - 47 Entries Silver: Afterburner Smoked Lager, Four Day Ray Brewing, Fishers, IN Bronze: Decorah Nordic Gruit, PIVO Brewery, Calmar, IA

Category 22: Gluten-Free Beer - 59 Entries Gold: Boombastic Hazy IPA, Holidaily Brewing Co., Golden, CO Silver: Co-Conspirator Apricot Sour, Revelation Craft Brewing Co., Rehoboth Beach, DE Bronze: Grandpa’s Nap, Evasion Brewing - Production Facility, McMinnville, OR

Category 23: American-Belgo-Style Ale - 41 Entries Gold: Wit-Tington, Central District Brewing, Austin, TX Silver: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO Bronze: White Rainbow, Red Rock Brewery - Production, Salt Lake City, UT

Category 24: American-Style Sour Ale - 42 Entries Gold: Low pHunk, MobCraft Beer, Milwaukee, WI Silver: Alegria, Millersburg Brewing, Millersburg, OH Bronze: Citra Acid Test, Triple C Brewing, Charlotte, NC

Category 25: Fruited American-Style Sour Ale - 215 Entries Gold: Roxanne, St. Elmo Brewing Co., Austin, TX Silver: Hoochie Mama, Storm Peak Brewing Co., Steamboat Springs, CO Bronze: Sour Blackberry Raspberry, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., Charleston, SC

Category 26: Brett Beer - 58 Entries Gold: Who’s Brett?, The Hold By Revelry Brewing, Charleston, SC Silver: St. Eldritch, Cellar Works Brewing Co., Sarver, PA Bronze: C’Mon Sunshine, Birds Fly South Ale Project, Greenville, SC

Category 27: Mixed-Culture Brett Beer - 94 Entries Gold: Standard Issue, Central Standard Brewing, Wichita, KS Silver: Farmer’s Reserve No. 5, Almanac Beer Co., Alameda, CA Bronze: Côte d’Or - Double Cerise, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Santa Fe, NM

Category 28: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer - 66 Entries Gold: Amburana Dream, Denver Beer Co. - Olde Town Arvada, Arvada, CO Silver: Gran Muckle, Sun King Brewing, Indianapolis, IN Bronze: Bourbon Barrel Aged Lady In Red, Bombshell Beer Co., Holly Springs, NC

Category 29: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer - 155 Entries Gold: Knotty Dog, Big Dog’s Brewing Co., Las Vegas, NV Silver: Double Barrel Louie, Westbound & Down Brewing Co., Idaho Springs, CO Bronze: Bourbon Legend, Great Heights Brewing Co., Houston, TX

Category 30: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout - 172 Entries Gold: Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas, Begyle Brewing, Chicago, IL Silver: Ales from the Crypt: Te Quiero, O.H.S.O. Brewery - Gilbert, Gilbert, AZ Bronze: Señor Rhino, Alesong Brewing & Blending - Tasting Room, Eugene, OR

Category 31: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer - 82 Entries Gold: Sour Brown Aged on Palo Santo, Hi-Wire Brewing - South Slope, Asheville, NC Silver: Agent Orange - Apple Brandy Barrel, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Santa Fe, NM Bronze: Reserve Doree, The Chamber By Wooden Robot Brewery, Charlotte, NC

Category 32: Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer - 128 Entries Gold: Midnight Choir, Sun King Brewing, Indianapolis, IN Silver: Crimson Cherry Variant, Upland Brewing Co. - Bloomington Brewpub, Bloomington, IN Bronze: Rossano, Kings Brewing Co., Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Category 33: Aged Beer - 38 Entries Gold: A Creator’s Calling, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA Silver: Belgian Quad, Green Mountain Beer Co., Lakewood, CO Bronze: Mob Barley, Meadowlark Brewing, Sidney, MT

Category 34: Kellerbier or Zwickelbier - 96 Entries Gold: German Pilsner, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA Silver: Loral Zwickelbier, Haas Innovations Brewing, Yakima, WA Bronze: Stand By, Rockwell Beer Co., St. Louis, MO

Category 35: Smoke Beer - 60 Entries Gold: Red-Fish Rauchbock, Sockeye Brewing, Boise, ID Silver: TF Brewing Rauch Bier, Templin Family Brewing, Salt Lake City, UT Bronze: Up In Smoke, Fat Head’s Brewery - Canton, Canton, OH

Category 36: American-Style Lager or American-Style Pilsener - 153 Entries Gold: Lite Reading, Pollyanna Brewing Co., Lemont, IL Silver: Valley Beer, Wren House Brewing Co., Phoenix, AZ Bronze: Schaben’s, Thunderhead Brewing Co., Kearney, NE

Category 37: Contemporary American-Style Pilsener - 61 Entries Gold: Lazy River Pils, New Trail Brewing Co., Williamsport, PA Silver: Citra Pils, Saint Archer Brewing Co., San Diego, CA Bronze: Citraveza, Alvarado Street Brewery, Salinas, CA

Category 38: International-Style Pilsener - 108 Entries Gold: Torcido, Barebottle Brewing Co., San Francisco, CA Silver: Upslope Craft Lager, Upslope Brewing Co. - Flatiron Park, Boulder, CO Bronze: Party, MAP Brewing Co., Bozeman, MT

Category 39: Light Lager - 90 Entries Gold: Altitude Banquet, Altitude Chophouse and Brewery, Laramie, WY Silver: Sif’s Light Lager, Odin Brewing Co., Tukwila, WA Bronze: Lightner Creek Lager, Carver Brewing Co., Durango, CO

Category 40: India Pale Lager or Malt Liquor - 55 Entries Gold: Timbo Pils, Highland Park Brewery - Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA Silver: Go Kart Mozart, MotoSonora Brewing Co., Tucson, AZ Bronze: Yeah Buoy IPL, Logboat Brewing Co., Columbia, MO

Category 41: American-Style Cream Ale - 87 Entries Gold: Sea Señor! Mex Lager, SouthNorte Beer Co., San Diego, CA Silver: Los Dudes’ Cerveza Lager Mexicana, The Dudes’ Brewing Co., Somis, CA Bronze: Gold Style, Ballast Point Brewing Co. - Chicago, Chicago, IL

Category 42: American-Style Amber Lager - 101 Entries Gold: Märzen, Sudwerk Brewing Co., Davis, CA Silver: Oktoberfest, Huss Brewing Co., Tempe, AZ Bronze: Grist Maerzen, Grist Brewing Co., Highlands Ranch, CO

Category 43: German-Style Pilsener - 183 Entries Gold: Parliament Drive, Blind Owl Brewery, Indianapolis, IN Silver: Golden Age Pilsner, Family Business Beer Co., Dripping Springs, TX Bronze: Pils, Hardywood West Creek, Richmond, VA

Category 44: Bohemian-Style Pilsener - 123 Entries Gold: Bohemian Shine, Castle Island Brewing Co., Norwood, MA Silver: Bo Pils, East Brother Beer Co., Richmond, CA Bronze: The People’s Pilsner, Sudwerk Brewing Co., Davis, CA

Category 45: Munich-Style Helles - 138 Entries Gold: Altstadt Lager, Altstadt Brewery, Fredericksburg, TX Silver: Florida Sunshine, Crooked Can Brewing Co., Winter Garden, FL Bronze: Wayfinder Hell, Wayfinder Beer, Portland, OR

Category 46: Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest - 96 Entries Gold: Schnitzengiggles, New England Brewing Co., Woodbridge, CT Silver: Lindauer Lager, Wit’s End Brewing Co., Denver, CO Bronze: Chuckanut Fest Bier, Chuckanut Brewery - South Nut, Burlington, WA

Category 47: Vienna-Style Lager - 93 Entries Gold: Jomo, Starr Hill Brewery, Crozet, VA Silver: Vienna Lager, Grains of Wrath Brewing, Camas, WA Bronze: Moonlight Sonata, Chilly Water Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Category 48: German-Style Maerzen - 165 Entries Gold: Oktoberfest, Bear Chase Brewing Co., Bluemont, VA Silver: Rocktoberfest, Hutton & Smith Brewing Co., Chattanooga, TN Bronze: Festie, Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage, Roanoke, VA

Category 49: German-Style Dark Lager - 127 Entries Gold: Pious Monk Dunkel, Church Brew Works - Lawrenceville Brewery, Pittsburgh, PA Silver: Black Lager, Bingo Beer Co., Richmond, VA Bronze: Don’t Drop That Dun Dun Dunkel, TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, Tustin, CA

Category 50: International-Style Dark Lager - 31 Entries Gold: Dark Horse, Snake River Brewing Co., Jackson, WY Silver: El Corn, The Post Brewing Co., Lafayette, CO Bronze: Schwarzbier, Hofbräuhaus Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

Category 51: Bock - 45 Entries Gold: Tackle Bock, Bobbing Bobber Brewing Co., Hutchinson, MN Silver: Maibock, Dry Dock Brewing Co. - South Dock, Aurora, CO Bronze: Dunkel Bock, Pilot Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC

Category 52: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock - 57 Entries Gold: Eis Nine, Sun King Brewing - Fishers Small Batch, Fishers, IN Silver: Doppelbock, Scorched Earth Brewing Co., Algonquin, IL Bronze: Eis Vienne, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. - Basecamp, Roseland, VA

Category 53: Baltic-Style Porter - 51 Entries Gold: Snap Yo’ Baltics, Freetail Brewing Co. - Brewpub, San Antonio, TX Silver: Dark Reckoning, Morgan Territory Brewing, Tracy, CA Bronze: Murder Ballads, Noble Beast Brewing Co., Cleveland, OH

Category 54: Golden or Blonde Ale - 150 Entries Gold: 1956 Golden Ale, Bootstrap Brewing, Longmont, CO Silver: MadeWest Standard, MadeWest Brewing Co., Ventura, CA Bronze: Luke’s Original, Lucky Luke Brewing Co., Palmdale, CA

Category 55: German-Style Koelsch - 167 Entries Gold: Altstadt Kolsch, Altstadt Brewery, Fredericksburg, TX Silver: Ice Cutter Kölsch, Joyride Brewing Co., Edgewater, CO Bronze: Dry Creek Blonde Ale, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, San Jose, CA

Category 56: English-Style Summer Ale - 39 Entries Gold: Organic California Blonde Ale, Eel River Brewing Co., Scotia, CA Silver: Quid, Rhinegeist - Innovation Brewery, Cincinnati, OH Bronze: Breakside Wentworth by the Sea, Breakside Brewery, Portland, OR

Category 57: English-Style or International-Style Pale Ale - 104 Entries Gold: Ferment Pale Ale, Ferment Brewing Co., Hood River, OR Silver: Annadel Pale Ale, Third Street AleWorks, Santa Rosa, CA Bronze: Endless Summer Nights, Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA

Category 58: Australian-Style Pale Ale - 61 Entries Gold: Australian For Pale, Green Cheek Beer Co., Orange, CA Silver: Mountain Standard IPA, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO Bronze: Pete’s Stash, Vail Brewing Co. - Vail Village Pilot, Vail, CO

Category 59: American-Style Pale Ale - 169 Entries Gold: Johnny Utah, Georgetown Brewing Co., Seattle, WA Silver: Acclimated APA, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM Bronze: Breakside Woodlawn Pale Ale, Breakside Brewery, Portland, OR

Category 60: Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale - 114 Entries Gold: Gulp, Tribus Beer Co., Milford, CT Silver: Itsy Bits, WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley, CO Bronze: Mo-Haze-Ic, Migration Brewing Co. - Wilkes, Portland, OR

Category 61: American-Style Strong Pale Ale - 131 Entries Gold: Superpower IPA, Comrade Brewing Co., Denver, CO Silver: NoPac IPA, Crossbuck Brewing, Walla Walla, WA Bronze: JAF IPA, JAFB Wooster Brewery, Wooster, OH

Category 62: Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale - 106 Entries Gold: Breakside What Rough Beast, Breakside Brewery - NW Slabtown, Portland, OR Silver: Kaaterskill, West Kill Brewing, West Kill, NY Bronze: Goofy Boots, Penrose Brewing Co., Geneva, IL

Category 63: American-Style India Pale Ale - 342 Entries Gold: More Dodge Less RAM, Comrade Brewing Co., Silver: Radiant Beauty, Green Cheek Beer Co., Orange, CA Bronze: Weekend Vibes IPA, Coronado Brewing Co. - Production Facility, San Diego, CA

Category 64: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale - 348 Entries Gold: Beezer, Old Irving Brewing Co., Chicago, IL Silver: Hazy IPA, City Lights Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI Bronze: Devil’s Gulch, Pond Farm Brewing Co., San Rafael, CA

Category 65: Emerging India Pale Ale - 124 Entries Gold: Pure Tropics, Parish Brewing Co., Broussard, LA Silver: Vladimir Brutin, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Category 66: Imperial India Pale Ale - 173 Entries Gold: Double Cone, Alvarado Street Brewery, Salinas, CA Silver: Westbound Double IPA, Westbound & Down Brewing Co., Idaho Springs, CO Bronze: Sharrow, Brew Hub, Lakeland, FL

Category 67: Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale - 165 Entries Gold: Extra Extra Juicy Bits, WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley, CO Silver: Juice Jockey, Phantom Ales, Anaheim, CA Bronze: Chaos Emeralds, Lone Pine Brewing Company - Gorham, Gorham, ME

Category 68: American-Style Amber/Red Ale - 127 Entries Gold: Diablo Rojo, Boneyard Beer, Bend, OR Silver: 1890 Founder’s Ale, Grayton Beer Co., Santa Rosa Beach, FL Bronze: Red Alert, Aftershock Brewing Co., Temecula, CA

Category 69: Double Hoppy Red Ale - 49 Entries Gold: Station 101, Claremont Craft Ales, Claremont, CA Silver: Side Hike, Kern River Brewing Co., Kernville, CA Bronze: Cannon Ball, Migration Brewing Co. - Glisan, Portland, OR

Category 70: Imperial Red Ale - 38 Entries Gold: Bone Head Imperial Red, Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, North Olmsted, OH Silver: Frogs Like Possum, King’s Court Brewing Co., Poughkeepsie, NY Bronze: Gifted Gunslinger, Big Sexy Brewing Co., Sacramento, CA

Category 71: English-Style Mild Ale - 40 Entries Gold: Hold The Reins, Brink Brewing Co., Cincinnati, OH Silver: Sliding Rock, BearWaters Brewing Co., Canton, NC Bronze: Saddle Bronc Brown, Black Tooth Brewing Co., Sheridan, WY

Category 72: Ordinary or Special Bitter - 41 Entries Gold: Chronic Amber Ale, Pizza Port - Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad, CA Silver: Cousin Jack, Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino, Central City, CO Bronze: Milford Pub Ale, River’s Edge Brewing Co., Milford, MI

Category 73: Extra Special Bitter - 63 Entries Gold: ESB, Hillman Beer, Asheville, NC Silver: Bridgeview, Henderson Brewing Co., Henderson, KY Bronze: Red Ale, The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery, Hampton, VA

Category 74: English-Style India Pale Ale - 39 Entries Gold: Hop’lin IPA, Southbound Brewing Co., Savannah, GA Silver: Shanghai’d IPA, Old Town Brewing, Portland, OR Bronze: Hoppy Poppy, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Category 75: Scottish-Style Ale - 56 Entries Gold: Taildragger Clan-Destine, Saddle Mountain Brewing Co., Goodyear, AZ Silver: Yarmouth, Arkane Aleworks, Largo, FL Bronze: Thistle Dew, Ursa Minor Brewing, Duluth, MN

Category 76: Irish-Style Red Ale - 82 Entries Gold: Outraged Daughters, Wise Man Brewing, Winston-Salem, NC Silver: Balefire Irish Red, Mirror Image Brewing Co., Frederick, CO Bronze: Red Molly Irish Red Ale, Pale Fire Brewing Co., Harrisonburg, VA

Category 77: English-Style Brown Ale - 67 Entries Gold: Bobcat Brown Ale, Bridger Brewing, Bozeman, MT Silver: Eclipse Brown Ale, Equinox Brewing, Fort Collins, CO Bronze: Mischievous Brown, Helltown Brewing, Export, PA

Category 78: American-Style Brown Ale - 99 Entries Gold: Naked Sunbather, Mad Swede Brewing Co., Boise, ID Silver: Bull Creek Brown Ale, Springfield Brewing Co., Springfield, MO Bronze: Browner Than Ivan, Chula Vista Brewery, Chula Vista, CA

Category 79: American-Style Black Ale - 35 Entries Gold: Alpha Force Double Tap, Überbrew, Billings, MT Silver: Bowie Knife, Thunderhawk Alements, San Diego, CA Bronze: Turmoil, Barley Brown’s Beer, Baker City, OR

Category 80: German-Style Sour Ale - 63 Entries Gold: Meier, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Santa Fe, NM Silver: Meersalz, Narrow Gauge Brewing Co., Florissant, MO Bronze: And the Award Gose to. Big Dog’s Brewing Co., Las Vegas, NV

Category 81: Specialty Berliner Weisse - 82 Entries Gold: Midwestern Exotic, Barrel Theory Beer Co., St. Paul, MN Silver: Jungalow Juice, Arrow Lodge Brewing, Covina, CA Bronze: Raspberry Vermonter Weiss, 14th Star Brewing Co., Saint Albans, VT

Category 82: Contemporary Gose - 102 Entries Gold: Cruise to Nowhere, Town Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC Silver: Mimosa Gose, Pilot Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC Bronze: Galactic Minotaurt, True Vine Brewing Co., Tyler, TX

Category 83: German-Style Altbier - 64 Entries Gold: Rhine Heights ALT, Vintage Brewing Co. - Madison, Madison, WI Silver: Howitzer Amber, Red Leg Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO Bronze: Jeremy Altbier, The Royal Oak Brewery, Royal Oak, MI

Category 84: South German-Style Hefeweizen - 150 Entries Gold: Prosperity Wheat, Market Garden Brewery - Production Brewery, Cleveland, OH Silver: Hug Deal Gone Sideweiss, Gezellig Brewing Co., Newton, IA Bronze: Leisel Weapon, Noon Whistle Brewing Co., Lombard, IL

Category 85: German-Style Wheat Ale - 37 Entries Gold: Krystal Clear, TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, Tustin, CA Silver: Dunkelweisse, Swashbuckler Brewing Co., Manheim, PA Bronze: HefeWeizen, Live Oak Brewing Co., Austin, TX

Category 86: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale - 51 Entries Gold: Nènette, Kern River Brewing Co. - The Backyard, Kernville, CA Silver: Hell’s Keep, Squatters Craft Beers, Salt Lake City, UT Bronze: Suddenly a Saint, Moonraker Brewing Co., Auburn, CA

Category 87: Belgian-Style Witbier - 94 Entries Gold: Way West Wit, Zuni Street Brewing Co., Denver, CO Silver: Boeman Belgian White, Ogopogo Brewing, San Gabriel, CA Bronze: Under a Blood Orange Sky, Temblor Brewing Co., Bakersfield, CA

Category 88: Classic Saison - 106 Entries Gold: Meadowlark, Metazoa Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN Silver: Summer Opal, Firestone Walker - The Propagator, Marina Del Rey, CA Bronze: Gray Matter, Aspetuck Brew Lab, Bridgeport, CT

Category 89: Specialty Saison - 91 Entries Gold: Obeisance, Von Ebert Brewing - Glendoveer, Portland, OR Silver: Westfield, Cellar West Artisan Ales, Lafayette, CO Bronze: Palisade #2, Fortside Brewing Co., Vancouver, WA

Category 90: Belgian- and French-Style Ale - 47 Entries Gold: Junebug, Echo Brewing Co., Erie, CO Silver: Swingin’ Single, Piece Brewery, Chicago, IL Bronze: Industrial Gris, Resident Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Category 91: Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale - 95 Entries Gold: Get The Funk Out, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver, CO Silver: Olly, Free Will Brewing Co., Perkasie, PA Bronze: Saison Apothēca, Yeast of Eden, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

Category 92: Belgian-Style Dubbel - 26 Entries Gold: Dedication, Vintage Brewing Co. - Madison, Madison, WI Silver: Belgian Dubbel, Sugar Creek Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC Bronze: OB Bubble Dubbel, Kilowatt Brewing, San Diego, CA

Category 93: Belgian-Style Tripel - 83 Entries Gold: Princeps Pacis, Save The World Brewing Co., Marble Falls, TX Silver: Marvella, Red Rock Brewery - Production, Salt Lake City, UT Bronze: Triple-Whirl, 217 Brew Works, Wilson, NC

Category 94: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale - 44 Entries Gold: Fu Fighter, Good River Beer, Denver, CO Silver: Sandy Dunes Saison, River Bluff Brewing, St. Joseph, MO Bronze: Stay Gold, Bluebird Brasserie, Sherman Oaks, CA

Category 95: Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale or Belgian-Style Quadrupel - 62 Entries Gold: Quad Damn It, Chicago Brewing Co. - Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV Silver: Séréneté Grand Cru, Bruz Beers, Denver, CO Bronze: Sisters Quad, Bitter Sisters Brewing Co., Addison, TX

Category 96: Other Belgian-Style Ale - 30 Entries Gold: Very, Very Far, Off Color Brewing, Chicago, IL Silver: Conquer Then Divide, Barrage Brewing Co., Farmingdale, NY Bronze: Pentuple, Hoppin’ Frog Brewing, Akron, OH

Category 97: Brown Porter - 61 Entries Gold: Maduro Brown Ale, Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL Silver: Brown Claw, Kern River Brewing Co. - The Backyard, Kernville, CA Bronze: Honey Porter, Cape May Brewing Co. - Rio Grande, Cape May, NJ

Category 98: Robust Porter - 87 Entries Gold: Tabula Rasa, Second Chance Beer Co., San Diego, CA Silver: Powell Street Porter, Bartlett Hall, San Francisco, CA Bronze: Shadowcaster Porter, Folklore Brewing & Meadery, Dothan, AL

Category 99: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout - 43 Entries Gold: SeaSide Stout, Pizza Port - Solana Beach, Solana Beach, CA Silver: Shooter McMunn’s, Lost Rhino Brewing Co., Ashburn, VA Bronze: O’Dark Thirty, 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Co., Fredericksburg, VA

Category 100: Export Stout - 42 Entries Gold: Correspondent, Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA Silver: Thor’s Shadow Imperial Stout, Odin Brewing Co., Tukwila, WA Bronze: Void of Light, Gun Hill Brewing Co., Bronx, NY

Category 101: American-Style Stout - 55 Entries Gold: Black Cliffs, Boise Brewing, Boise, ID Silver: Stone Liberty Station Cimmerian Portal, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station, San Diego, CA Bronze: Kilgore, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA

Category 102: Sweet Stout or Cream Stout - 67 Entries Gold: Moozie, Brink Brewing Co., Cincinnati, OH Silver: Emperor Norton’s Sweet Stout, 21st Amendment Brewery, San Leandro, CA Bronze: Volcano Mudslide Sweet Stout, Feather Falls Brewing Co., Oroville, CA

Category 103: Oatmeal Stout - 69 Entries Gold: 80 Chain Stout, MAP Brewing Co., Bozeman, MT Silver: Yonder Mountain Stout, Vine Street Pub & Brewery, Denver, CO Bronze: Shaman Stout, Toltec Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM

Category 104: Imperial Stout - 93 Entries Gold: The Russian, 2SP Brewing Co., Aston, PA Silver: Black Cauldron Imperial Stout, Grand Teton Brewing, Victor, ID Bronze: Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout, Rip Current Brewing, San Marcos, CA

Category 105: Scotch Ale - 52 Entries Gold: Knuckle Dragger, Dueces Wild Brewery, Colorado Springs, CO Silver: Real Heavy, Real Ale Brewing Co., Blanco, TX Bronze: Wee Heavy Metal, Hutton & Smith Brewing Co. - M. L. King, Chattanooga, TN

Category 106: Old Ale or Strong Ale - 36 Entries Gold: Private Stock Ale, AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA Silver: Old Scrooge, Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, WA Bronze: Last Will and Testament, Monday Night Brewing - Garage, Atlanta, GA

Category 107: Barley Wine-Style Ale - 59 Entries Gold: Old Diablo, Morgan Territory Brewing, Tracy, CA Silver: Freebooter Barleywine, Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado, CA Bronze: Three Ryes Men, Reuben’s Brews - The Taproom, Seattle, WA


Do they still make Lowenbrau beer?

Subsequently, question is, is Lowenbrau a good beer? Lowenbrau, which means "lion's brew" in German, is a classic example of a dry, crisp, bitter German beer. In a similar vein to other German beers like Becks, it's a clean, smooth lager produced for your enjoyment by one of the world's biggest beer-loving nations.

Similarly, it is asked, what kind of beer is Lowenbrau?

Lowenbrau. Löwenbräu is a traditional Munich-style beer that's exclusively imported from the Löwenbräu brewery in Munich. Löwenbräu Original Lager beer is made from the highest quality ingredients giving it a superb natural head, golden color, distinctive, refreshing flavor and a pleasant, enjoyable aftertaste.

When did they stop making Michelob beer?

American consumers have abandoned Michelob -- a lager brewed since 1896 -- at a faster rate than any other beer. From 2006 to 2011, sales declined from 500,000 barrels to 140,000, with a 20 percent drop between 2010 and 2011 alone. No other beer on this list sold less than Michelob.


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