GABF 2008 medal winners

OK — it might be a day late but here is partial list of some of our favorite Pacific Northwest craft brewers who won medals at this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

You can also click here to search a database, by state, to identify every 2008 GABF medalist in all 75 style categories. Very cool. You can also download a pdf of all the winners if you want a handy list to refer to.

But here is a quick summary of regional brewers who medaled in Denver if you can't get to that right away.

Regular readers know that only one Idaho beer medaled at the 2008 GABF: Grand Teton Brewing Co.’s delicious Bitch Creek ESB won the silver in the American brown ale category. This was a well deserved win for Grand Teton brewmaster Rob Mullin and his crew and not really a surprise. The silver was their fourth medal for the Bitch Creek over the last five years.

I was disappointed for Boise Ram brewers Kevin Bolen and Jake Schisel, who entered three strong beers into the competition — including two former medalists with the Taildragger IPA and Clearwater Kolsch — but walked away empty handed.

Bend-based Deschutes Brewery, a favorite with the Treasure Valley craft beer enthusiasts, had a good year, winning two gold medals for their Bachelor ESB in the Extra Special Bitter category and their recently released The Dissident (think track 5 of Pearl Jam’s “Vs.”), a Flanders-style brown Belgian ale that won the gold for American-style/German-style sour ale.

Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River, Ore.) won two gold medals — one for their popular Session Lager in the international style Pilsner category and the other for their Pale Ale in the Classic English style pale ale category.

Valley favorite Rogue Ales won a gold and bronze in the American-style red/amber ale category for their dry-hopped St. Rogue Red and American Amber Ale. Rogue also won a silver in the specialty beer category for their Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

Not surprisingly, the Widmer Bros. Brewing Co. won a silver medal for their iconic Hefeweizen in the American-hefeweizen style. This is good, since they basically invented the style back in the day.

Widmer also won a gold medal in the bitter/mild category for their Drop Top Ale.