GABF medal winners you can buy in Boise

Welcome back to the Beer Nut!

It’s been quite a while since I posted to this blog — my real job of being the public safety reporter is incredibly time-consuming — but I’m going to try to be more active with it. Simply put, there is more craft beer news happening in Boise area than a monthly column in Scene can cover.

Regular readers know I just got back from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and that no Idaho brewers won any medals in the 83 style categories this year. Bummer.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t drink GABF medal winners in the Treasure Valley.

Read more to find out what they are and where you can find them.

While it isn’t a Boise recipe, the Ram won a gold medal for the Big Horn Blonde Ale in the Golden or Blonde Ale category. The Big Horn is a house beer for the Bighorn Brewing chain.

The following GABF medal-winning beers are available at the Boise Co-op (888 W. Fort Street in Boise) in bottles.

After you drink the gold medal winning Big Horn Blonde at the Ram, you can go to the Co-op and buy the silver medal winner in the same category —  The Alaskan Pale Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.

The Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen, from Olympia-Washington based Fish Brewing Co., won a bronze medal in the The American Wheat Beer with Yeast category.

The Hazelnut Brown Nectar from Rogue Ales won the gold medal in the Specialty Beer category.

The Boulevard Collaboration Ale #2 - a white IPA brewed by Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City in conjunction with Deschutes Brewing in Bend — won the bronze medal in the American-Belgo Style Ale category.

Maybe it’s because Rainer is “Made with hops from the Yakima Valley”that it won the silver medal in the American Style Lager or Cream Ale category. (For perspective, Miller’s Red Dog lager won the gold and that favorite of Chicago Cubs fans everywhere, Old Style, won the bronze.)

Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest won the bronze medal in the German-Style Marzen category.

Those stubbies of Session Black Lager from nearby Full Sail Brewing Co. won the silver medal in the American-Style Dark Lager category.

MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale, one of the first craft beers put in a can, from MacTarnahan’s Brewing in Portland, won the silver medal in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale category.

The gold medal win for Wyoming-based Snake River Brewing’s Pako IPA in the American-Style Strong Pale Ale category is quite the coup, as they bested 102 other beers in that category to get the gold.

NorCal-based Anderson Valley Brewing Co. won the gold medal in the Belgian-Style Abbey Ale category for the Brother David’s Double Ale.

I bet the Brewforia stores in Meridian (3030 East Overland Road) and East Boise (3073 S. Bown Way) and Brewer’s Haven at 1795 S. Vista Avenue in Boise have most of these beers as well.

To do so, one has to avoid walking 120 miles...

half of it knackered. Not on the freeway.


I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.