Filled Under: natural drink
By now most of us know that we can alter the brain with the consumption of certain beverages. Sometimes the altered state is good and can lead to something great (GENIUS IDEA) and some are bad (POOR CHOICES). So when it comes to beer & coffee, which is better for your brain? First let’s learn a little about the brain.
What happens to your brain when you drink beer?
Have you ever been drinking with your friends and thought, “WOW, I’m really smart and eloquent. People should really listen to me.” That would be because the alcohol is having its way with your cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex processes information from your senses, processes thoughts, initiates the majority of voluntary muscle movements and has some control over lower-order brain centers. When alcohol hits your cerebral cortex you feel less focused, BUT it frees up your brain from all the distractions that normally keep you in your inhibited box.
What’s the sweet spot?
This is going to vary between people, but typically 2 drinks will get you into the perfect zone of crazy quick wit, more confidence and of course your idea machine will kick into overdrive.
Beer makes you less worried about the world around you, which frees up your brain to make deeper connections and come up with great ideas.
A couple of beers makes you less focused and decreases your memory, so keep a pen and pad of paper handy if you are using beer to lubricate your idea machine. You don’t want to lose that million dollar concept.
Okay, so beer is good if you are searching for an initial idea. Now you need to get to work and bring that idea to life.
What happens to your brain when you drink coffee?
Feeling tired? That happens when receptors and adenosine bind together. Drowsy time. When caffeine enters the scene, the receptor instead binds with caffeine and you then get more energy. Yippee. Pretty obvious right? But why does this happen?
Caffeine Makes Me Happy But Why?
According to HowStuffWorks, we have something called adenosine that is created in our brains. As it binds to adenosine receptors, it slows down our nerve cell activity, which then causes drowsiness. A nerve cell mistakes caffeine for adenosine. Therefore, caffeine binds with the adenosine receptor, but rather than slowing down the cell’s activity, the nerve cells speed up. While adenosine opens up blood vessels, allowing for more oxygen intake, caffeine constricts these blood vessels. This is why some people who get frequent headaches take medication that has caffeine in it- the caffeine closes the blood vessels and relieves the headache. http://bit.ly/1ltDIDJ
Gives you more energy and stronger ability to focus. This is when your idea magic gets put to the test. Did the beer work wonders or just send you on a wild goose chase?
Drinking too much coffee can keep you awake during your nighty night time, but hey, if you are trying to come up with, and build, the next Apple Computers then sleep really isn’t an option is it? Just saying.
Need an idea? Have a couple of beers.
Need to figure out how to get your idea off the ground? Brew that pot of coffee.
Neither of these beverages are great for you in mass quantities, but in moderation great things can happen.
Created with care and awesomeness: http://en.ilovecoffee.jp/posts/view/79
Beer brewers nationwide are scrambling to head off proposed new federal regulations that would make it more difficult to use leftover grains from the brewing process as animal feed.
Sonoma County brewers say beer is good for cows, too
Beer brewers nationwide are scrambling to head off proposed new federal regulations that would make it more difficult to use leftover grains from the brewing process as animal feed. That could force them to dump million of tons of waste into landfills instead.
The waste product, known as “spent grains,” is left over when a brewery steeps barley, wheat and other grains in hot water, extracting a sugary liquid that eventually becomes beer.
Nearly every brewery has an arrangement with nearby farmers to use the tons of spent grain produced every year as feed for cows, pigs and other livestock. The breweries usually give it away or sell it at an extreme discount compared with commercially available feed.
The Food and Drug Administration, however, is proposing rules that would make breweries meet the same standards as livestock and pet-food manufacturers, requiring sanitary handling procedures and extensive planning, record keeping and reporting to health officials.
While it’s not clear exactly what such a system would cost, area brewers say it is likely to be impractical both financially and administratively.
If such rules are adopted, “the whole process would have to go away,” said Rich Norgrove, brewmaster at Bear Republic in Healdsburg and Cloverdale. “It would become cost prohibitive.”
For 18 years, Bear Republic has sold its spent grains to Knight’s Valley rancher Cheryl LaFranchi, who has come to rely on it as a main food source for her 300 or so head of cattle. She takes up to 12.5 tons at a time, five times a week.
“Now the government wants to get involved,” she said. “What are they going to do with it? Put it in a landfill?”
That’s exactly what will happen at Anderson Valley Brewing in Booneville if the regulations are approved, said brewmaster Fal Allen. The brewery generates nearly 1,500 tons of spent grain every year, all of which goes to nearby rancher Peter Bradford. But the likely cost of the extra food processing equipment and paperwork would make it cheaper just to dump it, Allen said.
That would spell disaster for the ranch, Bradford said, because he pays Anderson Valley a pittance for the grain, about a tenth of the cost of any other feed.
“It would be a tremendous hit on our production,” he said. “We rely on the grain … It is certainly one of the best feeds for the price.”
The FDA is collecting comment on the proposal through Monday. The Brewers Association and the Beer Institute, the two primary industry associations, have mobilized brewers and farmers to weigh in against the idea. Lawmakers from major brewing states, such as Colorado and Oregon, also have spoken out against it, Brewers Association Director Paul Gatza said.
“Grains have been given to livestock for thousands of years, and there’s not been a problem with this,” Gatza said. “This is just a regulation solving a problem that doesn’t exist.”
Beer Institute spokesman Chris Thorne said he is optimistic the industry will convince the FDA that the proposal “exceeds the intent of Congress” when it passed recent legislation calling for an overhaul of food safety rules.
Using spent grain as feed “is a terrific lifecycle story that should be encouraged,” he said, “because it’s basically recycling.”
The FDA did not make a spokesman available last week but in a written statement said that the proposal stems from a broad modernization of the nation’s food safety system, the largest overhaul in at least 70 years.
“This proposed regulation would help prevent foodborne illness in both animals and people,” the agency said in the statement. “The proposal is part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s larger effort to modernize the food safety system for the 21st century and focus public and private efforts on preventing food safety problems, rather than relying primarily on responding to problems after the fact.”
The agency couldn’t immediately say whether there had ever been reports of foodborne illness related to spent grains, though North Coast farmers and brewers say they have never experienced any such thing.
At the region’s largest brewery, Lagunitas in Petaluma, the effect of the regulations could be considerable, said Leon Sharyon, the brewery’s chief financial officer. The brewery generates at least 450 tons of spent grains every week, more than 23,000 tons per year. That number could double now that a second Lagunitas brewery has opened in Chicago.
“We would be forced to just dump it, put it in the landfill,” he said. “Nothing good comes of that.”
Santa Rosa rancher Jim Cunningham has been feeding his cattle about 10 tons of Lagunitas grain per day for about two years. Commercial feed costs about $350 per ton these days, an expense that has risen sharply during the recent droughts in the Midwest and California. Lagunitas sells the grain for $100 per ton.
Losing that source “would cut us,” he said. “It might put us out of business if we couldn’t get cheaper feed.”
(You can reach Staff Writer Sean Scully at 521-5313 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @BeerCountry)
American craft brewing just got a little stranger, and a little less animal-friendly. The brewsters at Philadelphia’s Dock Street Brewing Co. have announced the release of a new beer inspired by AMC’s zombie smash hit “The Walking Dead”: an American Pale Stout made with wheat, oats, flaked barley, organic cranberry and, of course, smoked goat brains. Yes, that’s right — smoked goat brains.
According to a press release, the line of thinking underpinning the brewery’s decision was, “Screw it, let’s use brains!”:
Gourmet mushrooms and potentially hallucinogenic herbs are one thing, but smoked brains… really? Believe it or not, much of the world considers brain to be a true delicacy. Think Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but not ridiculous. Many also believe that using every part of an animal not only increases and encourages sustainability, but also honors the animal’s life and death.
Apparently, consuming an animal’s brain is also a way to honor one’s favorite television show. Dock Street Brewing Co. says their new brew is “quite possibly the smartest beer you’ll ever drink” — and we already know that goats are smarter than we’re wont to give them credit for being — but it’s unclear if there are benefits to adding the organ to beer.
How an Atheist Might Be Behind You Not Seeing It
Billy Hallowell Science, Social Science, & Humanities
For those who don’t know, there’s a fascinating story surrounding Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin’s “secretive” activities in space. The second man to walk on the moon, Aldrin is also the first — and only known — individual to take Holy Communion. The act, which has gained scattered coverage in the past, was both a coveted and a controversial one.
Just before Aldrin stepped foot on the moon, he took the Eucharist, using wafers and a bottle of wine he brought into space from the Webster Presbyterian Church in Webster, Texas. Over the past decades since the 1969 moon landing, he has openly discussed the fascinating experience in detail.
“I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup,” Aldrin told Guideposts Magazine in 1970. “It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.”
But this intriguing display, according to the Daily Mail, was purportedly kept secret by the U.S. government, despite plans that the astronaut originally had to broadcast the Christian act on radio.
See a dramatized version of his communion in the 1998 HBO miniseries, “From the Earth to the Moon,” below:
NASA apparently decided not to allow Aldrin to showcase the sacrament, as Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the now-deceased founder of American Atheists, threatened to sue the U.S. government over a previous religious broadcast that apparently unfolded on Apollo 8, a separate vessel (Aldrin was on Apollo 11 for his moon mission).
According to PBS, “She tried to prevent the reading of Genesis 8 on the Apollo space mission, arguing that the astronauts were government employees and thus prohibited from reading the Bible. (The Supreme Court declined jurisdiction.).” So the government was, thus, allegedly hesitant to allow Aldrin to broadcast the communion for fear that it would, again, rile O’Hair.
The Guardian adds more about the famed atheist’s opposition to NASA personnel exhibiting overt faith on the job:
After the Apollo 8 crew had read out the Genesis creation account in orbit, O’Hair wanted a ban on Nasa astronauts practising religion on earth, in space or “around and about the moon” while on duty. She believed it violated the constitutional separation between church and state.
Did You Know: Buzz Aldrin Took Holy Communion on the Moon But an Atheist Activist Allegedly Thwarted a Live Broadcast of the Sacrament
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin displays a copy of his new book as he speaks at the launch of the PayPal Galactic initiative at the SETI institute in Mountain View, Calif., Thursday, June 27, 2013. The program aims to bring together leaders in the space industry working on the issues around the commercialization of space, including what currency will be used, how banking systems will adapt, managing risk and fraud, and customer support.Credit: AP
While Americans didn’t hear the communion live as Aldrin had originally hoped, those at the Houston Space Center Mission Control were invited to join him in giving thanks as he read a section from the Book of John.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me,” the astronaut read from a written card (John 15:5).
Despite this great fanfare, Aldrin later wondered if Christian communion was the right move after all. While he said that it was incredibly fulfilling, in his memoir, “Magnificent Desolation,” he seemed to admit that it was, in a sense, divisive.
“Perhaps if I had it to do over again, I would not choose to celebrate communion,” he wrote. “Although it was a deeply meaningful experience for me, it was a Christian sacrament, and we had come to the moon in the name of all mankind–be they Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, agnostics, or atheists.”
U.S. Open Beer Championship announces 2013 winners, Wisconsin breweries excel in 2500-beer competition; homebrewers, oldest breweries also medal
U.S. Open Beer Championship announces 2013 winners
Wisconsin breweries excel in 2500-beer competition;
homebrewers, oldest breweries also medal
Atlanta, GA (July, 2013) – Breweries from around the world sent in more than 2500 beers representing 68 different categories for the 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship, the only brewery competition to include professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers. Judges from England, Canada and the United States announced the winners this week, noting that “The Dairy State” could earn a new moniker, “The Beer State,” based on how well Wisconsin beers fared in the national event. The oldest brewery in the United States and the oldest brewery in the world also medaled.
Capital Brewery out of Middleton, Wisconsin, was named Grand National Champion, winning three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Last year’s champion, Sweetwater Brewing out of Atlanta, took second, and one of the nation’s oldest breweries, Stevens Point Brewing in Stevens Point Wisconsin, took third.
Last year’s gold medal winners at the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition were invited to compete, and homebrewers won a record 4 medals at the U.S. Open. Gautam Bagchi from Ohio won a silver medal for his Barky Pilsner while Kelsey McNair, Mark Girard and Andrew Mitchell took home bronze medals for their beers.
“This competition is significant because it accepts entries from breweries around the world and allows national, winning homebrews to compete,” said Dow Scoggins, director of the U.S. Open Beer Championships. “We’re excited that one of the oldest craft breweries in the United States won. Capital Brewery was founded in 1984, when only a handful of craft breweries existed in America. i. On the other hand, the oldest brewery in world, Weihenstephaner, founded in 1050, won Gold and Silver Medals in the German Wheat category.
This year, more than 20 international breweries from Canada, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Columbia, Sweden, Finland and England medaled in the competition.
Other “winners” benefitting from The U.S. Open Beer Championship were the Norcross Fury Soccer Club and Collins Hill High School in the Atlanta area, which received hundreds hundreds of ice packs used to pack and deliver U.S. Open beer entries.
Sponsors of this year’s U.S. Open are The Beer Connoisseur magazine, a leading consumer educator of the beer industry, and BeerInfo.com, the leading craft brewery news website.
Top 10 Breweries 2013
The top 10 breweries based on the number of beers placing first (3 points), second (2 points) or third (1 points) are:
1. Capital Brewery – Middleton, Wisconsin
2. Sweetwater Brewing – Atlanta, Georgia
3. Stevens Point Brewing – Stevens Point, Wisconsin
4. Neustadt Springs Brewing – Neustadt, Ontario
5. Big Island Brewhaus – Waimea, Hawaii
6. Reuben’s Brews – Seattle, Washington
7. Nebraska Brewing – Papillion, Nebraska
8. Mother Earth Brewing – Kinston, North Carolina
9. Fullsteam Brewing – Durham, North Carolina
10. Oskar Blues Brewery – Longmont, Colorado
The judges also named a “Judges Award” for the top ten “Most Creative Names.” Among the favorites:
1. Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus – Sawdust City
2. Brew Free! Or Die IPA – 21st Amendment
3. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout – Wynkoop Brewing
4. The Abyss – Deschutes Brewery
5. Bitch’n Camaro – Sun King Brewing
6. Naked Pig Pale Ale – Back Forty Brewing
7. Triple Lindy – Big Bear Brewing
8. MassWhole Hefe Weizen – Wormtown Brewing
9. Hotter than Helles – Cigar City Brewing
10. Octopus Ink – Pike Brewing
Honorable mention goes to Ctrl-Alt-Delete Alt by homebrewer, Mark Girard. Two of the directors of the U.S. Open have Computer Science degrees.
2013 United States Open Medal Winners
Golden or Blonde ale
GOLD – Honey Badger – Appalachian Mountain Brewery – North Carolina
SILVER – Sweetwater 420 – Sweetwater Brewing – Georgia
BRONZE – Shipyard Export Ale – Shipyard Brewing – Maine
English Summer Ale
GOLD – Twilight Ale – Deschutes Brewery – Oregon
SILVER – Summer Pale Ale – Bronx Brewing – New York
SILVER – First Draft Ale – Niagara College – Canada
English Pale Ale
GOLD – Saranac Pale Ale – Saranac Brewing – New York
SILVER – EPA – Four Horsemen Brewing – Indiana
BRONZE – SPA – Wellington County Brewing – Canada
GOLD – India Pale Ale – Goose Island Brewing – Illinois
GOLD – First Coast IPA – Elevation Brewing – Colorado
BRONZE – Ethos – Tallgrass Brewing – Kansas
GOLD – Nickel Brook Immodest Imperial IPA – Better Bitters Brewing – Canada
SILVER – GUBNA Imperial IPA – Oskar Blues Brewing – Colorado
BRONZE – Hopulence American Double IPA – Wormtown Brewing – Massachusetts
GOLD – True Britt – Lonerider Brewing – North Carolina
SILVER – Arkell Best Bitter – Wellington County Brewing – Canada
BRONZE – Butler’s Bitter – Niagara College – Ontario
GOLD – Burnside Stock Ale – Burnside Brewing – Oregon
SILVER – Public Ale – Community Brewing – Texas
BRONZE – Minnesota Special Bitter – Badger Hill Brewing – Minnesota
English Mild Ale
GOLD – Everard – Neustadt Brewing – Ontario
SILVER – Mill Race Mild – Grand River Brewing – Ontario
BRONZE – X-3134 English-Style Mild-Beer Army Combat Brewery – North Carolina
English Brown Ale
GOLD – Bandit Brown – City Star Brewing – Colorado
SILVER – Southern Pecan – Lazy Magnolia Brewing – Mississippi
BRONZE – Alfred Brown – Peticolas Brewing – Texas
GOLD – Anniversary Porter – Mother Road Brewery – Arizona
SILVER – Robust Porter – Rueben’s Brews – Washington
BRONZE – Pro-Am Porter – Wormtown Brewing – Massachusetts
GOLD – Secret Stache Stout – Finch’s Beer Co. – Illinois
SILVER – Happy Ending – Sweetwater Brewing – Georgia
BRONZE – Pike 5X Stout – Pike Brewing – Washington
GOLD – Lord Falconer – Mystic Brewing – Massachusetts
GOLD – Black Jack – Feathers Falls Casino – California
SILVER – Starboard Oatmeal Stout – Port Jeff Brewing – New York
BRONZE – Poet – New Holland Brewing – Michigan
GOLD – Nectar Ales Black Xantus – Firestone Walker Brewing – California
SILVER – Giant Slayer – Tri City Brewing – Michigan
BRONZE – Zhukov’s Imperial Stout – Cigar City Brewing – Florida
GOLD – The Gimp – Sweetwater Brewing – Georgia
SILVER – XX Bitch Creek – Grand Teton Brewing – Idaho
BRONZE – Iron Duke – Wellington County Brewing – Ontario
GOLD – Fathead Barley Wine – Nebraska Brewing – Nebraska
SILVER – 2012 Barley Wine – Mill Street Brewing – Ontario
BRONZE – Up the Creek – Thomas Creek Brewing – South Carolina
BRONZE – Johan the Barleywine – Sun King Brewing – Indiana
GOLD – Whole Hog Scotch Ale – Stevens Point Brewing – Wisconsin
SILVER – Scottish Pale Ale – Neustadt Brewing – Ontario
BRONZE – Scotch Ale – Guadalupe Brewing – Texas
Strong Scottish Ale
GOLD – Iron Thistle – Rahr and Sons – Texas
SILVER – Old Chub Scotch Ale – Oskar Blues – Colorado
BRONZE – Great Scot! – Peticolas Brewing – Texas
Irish Red Ale
GOLD – Strike Imperial Red – Strike Brewing – California
SILVER – Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale – Boston Beer Company – Pennsylvania
BRONZE – Single Engine Red – Denali Brewing – Alaska
BRONZE – GRB IRA – Grand River Brewing – Ontario
American Amber / Red
GOLD – Velvet Hammer – Peticolas Brewing – Texas
SILVER – Colorojo – Wynkoop Brewing – Colorado
BRONZE – Red Giant – Big Island Brewhaus – Hawaii
American Pale Ale
GOLD – Freeride APA – Alaskan Brewing – Alaska
SILVER – Alchemy – Widmer Brewing – Oregon
BRONZE – Cardinal Pale Ale – Nebraska Brewing – Nebraska
GOLD – Overboard IPA – Big Island Brewhaus – Hawaii
SILVER – G’Knight – Oskar Blues Brewing – Colorado
SILVER – Torpedo – Sierra Nevada Brewing – California
BRONZE – Hop-Fu! IPA – Kelsey McNair
American Brown Ale
GOLD – American Brown – Rueben’s Brewing – Washington
SILVER – Bitch Creek ESB – Grand Teton Brewing – Idaho
SILVER – St. Bernard Brown Ale – Steelhead Brewing – Oregon
BRONZE – Sweet Josie – Lonerider Brewing – North Carolina
American Style Black Ale
GOLD – Captain California Black – Ruhstaller Brewing – California
SILVER – Cowboy in Black – Lonerider Brewing – North Carolina
BRONZE – Back In Black – 21st Amendment Brewing – California
GOLD – AMB Common – Appalachian Mountain Brewery – North Carolina
SILVER – Ol’ Woody Alt – Sawdust Brewing – Ontario
BRONZE – Ctrl+Alt+Delete – Mark Girard
GOLD – Full Circle – New Holland – Michigan
SILVER – Khos Kolsch – Icicle Brewing – Washington
BRONZE – Summer Beer – Harpoon Brewing – Massachusetts
GOLD – Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier – Weihenstephaner – Germany
SILVER – Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel – Weihenstephaner – Germany
BRONZE – Sanctum 2013 – Calavera – Mexico
BRONZE – Brewmaster Wheat – Niagara College – Canada
GOLD – EOS Hefeweizen – Nebraska Brewing – Nebraska
SILVER – Mass Whole – Wormtown Brewing – Massachusetts
BRONZE – Sunny Haze – Mother Earth Brewing – North Carolina
French / Belgian Saison Ale
GOLD – Whole Hog Raspberry Saison – Stevens Point Brewing – Wisconsin
SILVER – Belgian Session Ale – Boston Beer Company – Pennsylvania
BRONZE – Savignon Blanc Saison – Mystic Brewing – Massachusetts
French / Belgian Ale
GOLD – Red Headed Stranger – Brasserie Saint James – Nevada
SILVER – Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA – New Holland Brewing – Michigan
BRONZE – Barquentine Belgian Pale Ale – Port Jeff Brewing – New York
Belgian Abbey Ale – Dubbel
GOLD – Lustful Maiden – Apocalypse Brewing – Virginia
SILVER – Dubbel Vision – Bastone Brewing – Michigan
BRONZE – Inspiration – Community Beer Company – Texas
Belgian Abbey Ale – Tripel
GOLD – Trippel – South Street Brewing – Virginia
SILVER – Trippel – New Belgium Brewing – Colorado
BRONZE – Abbey Triple – Sprecher Brewing – Wisconsin
Belgian Abbey Ale – Quad
GOLD – American Tetrais – Boston Beer Company – Massachusetts
SILVER – Day of Doom – Mystic Brewing – Massachusetts
BRONZE – Apis IV – Elevation Brewing – Colorado
GOLD – Framboise – Lindermans – Merchant Du Vin
SILVER – American Wild Ale – AC Golden – Colorado
BRONZE – Flambouant Wild Red – Arbor Brewing – Michigan
GOLD – Beasley’s Honey White – Fullsteam Brewing – North Carolina
GOLD – Fu Man Brew – Monday Night Brewing – Georgia
SILVER – Witbier – Community Beer Company – Texas
BRONZE – Blance de Namur – Brasserie Du Bocq – Belgium
GOLD – Kräftig Light – William K Busch Brewing – Missouri
SILVER – Leprechaun Lager – Four Horsemen Brewing – Indiana
BRONZE – Yuengling Light – Yuengling and Son – Pennsylvannia
American Lager / Pilsener
GOLD – Original – Evans Brewing – California
SILVER – Session – Full Sail Brewing – Oregon
BRONZE – Supper Club – Capital Brewing – Wisconsin
American Premium Lager
GOLD – Florida Lager – Florida Beer Co. – Florida
SILVER – Lager – Neustadt Brewing – Canada
BRONZE – Kraftig Lager – William K Busch Brewing – Missouri
American Amber/California Common
GOLD – Schell FireBrick – August Schell Brewing – Minnesota
SILVER – Wisconsin Amber – Capital Brewery – Wisconsin
BRONZE – Colorado Native – AC Golden – Colorado
GOLD – LTD Bohemian Pilsner – Full Sail Brewing – Oregon
SILVER – Hurricane Reef Caribbean Pilsner – Florida Beer – Florida
BRONZE – Mama’s Little Yella Pils – Oskar Blues Brewing – Colorado
BRONZE – Golden Pilsner – Morgan Brewing – Missouri
Geman Lager / Pilsener
GOLD – Capital Pilsner – Capital Brewery – Wisconsin
SILVER – Barky Pilsner – Gautam Bagchi – Ohio Homebrewer
BRONZE – Schell Pils – August Schell Brewing – Minnesota
GOLD – Lake House – Capital Brewery – Wisconsin
SILVER – Bikini Blonde – Maui Brewing – Hawaii
BRONZE – Helles Lager – Bayern Brewing – Montana
Munchner Dunkel / Dark
GOLD – Capital Dark – Capital Brewery – Wisconsin
SILVER – Dark Cloud – Mother Earth Brewing – North Carolina
BRONZE – Black – Evans Brewing – California
Marzen / Oktoberfest
GOLD – Adirondack Lager – Saranac Brewing – New York
SILVER – 456 – Neustadt Brewing – Canada
BRONZE – Sam Adams Octoberfest – Boston Beer Company – Pennsylvania
GOLD – Black Bavarian – Sprecher Brewing – Wisconsin
SILVER – Point 2012 – Stevens Point Brewing – Wisconsin
BRONZE – Black Lager – Boston Beer Company – Massachusetts
GOLD – Maibock – Morgan Brewing – Missouri
SILVER – Maibock – Bayern Brewing – Montana
BRONZE – MaiBock – Capital Brewing – Wisconsin
Dopple / Strong Bock
GOLD – Dwarskopke! – Dirk Dennemann – Germany
SILVER – Double Vision Dopple – Grand Teton Brewing – Idaho
BRONZE – The Regulator – Rahr and Son – Texas
American Cream Ale
GOLD – Cream Ale – Cameron’s Brewing – Canada
SILVER – Ta Ta Cream Ale – Cherry Street Brewing – Georgia
BRONZE – Schell Deer Brand – August Schell Brewing – Minnesota
GOLD – Nude Beach – Stevens Point Brewery – Wisconsin
SILVER – Indian Summer – Lazy Magnolia – Mississippi
BRONZE – White Hatter – New Holland Brewing – Michigan
American Specialty Wheat
GOLD – Halcyon Wheat – Tallgrass Brewing – Kansas
SILVER – A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale – Lagunitas Brewing – California
BRONZE – Baaad Boy Black Wheat – 3 Sheeps Brewing – Wisconsin
Fruit / Vegetable beer
GOLD – Maui CoCoNut PorTeR – Maui Brewing Company – Hawaii
SILVER – Passion Fruit Saison – Brewzzi Brewing – Florida
BRONZE – Son of a Peach – RJ Rockers Brewing Company – South Carolina
BRONZE – Maracuy – Cerveceria Brumar – Columbia
Herb and Spice beer
GOLD – FullSteam Cackalacky Ginger – Fullsteam Brewing – North Carolina
SILVER – White Mountain Porter – Big Island Brewhaus – Hawaii
BRONZE – Hibiscus Saison – Andrew Mitchell
Chocolate / Cocoa Beer
GOLD – Honahpu’s Impertial Stout – Cigar City Brewing – Florida
SILVER – Chocolate Porter Rabbits Reserve Series – Red Hare Brewing – Georgia
BRONZE – Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter – SanTan Brewing – Arizona
GOLD – Expresso Imperial Russian Stout – Stone Brewing – California
SILVER – Hello, My Name is Joe – 3 Sheeps Brewing – Wisconsin
BRONZE – Blue Bridge Coffee Stout – Coronado Brewing – California
BRONZE – Coffee Porter – Mill Street Brewing – Canada
GOLD – Black Eagle Porter – Black Tooth Brewing – Wyoming
SILVER – Carnegie Porter – Carlsberg Sverige – Sweden
BRONZE – Sinebrychoff Porter – Oy Sinebrychoff – Finland
GOLD – LowRyeDer – Sweetwater Brewing – Georgia
SILVER – Rastafa Rye – Blue Point Brewing – New York
BRONZE – Timber Beast – Lazy Magnolia Brewing – Mississippi
Wood / Barrel aged beer
GOLD – Sodibo – Arbor Brewing – Michigan
SILVER – Black Butte XXIV – Deschutes Brewing – Oregon
BRONZE – Savannah Brown Barrel Age- Coastal Empire Beer Co. – Georgia
Wood / Barrel aged strong beer
GOLD – 1314 – Black Tooth Brewing – Wyoming
SILVER – Utopias 2012 – Boston Beer Company – Massachusetts
BRONZE – Utopias 10th Anniversary – Boston Beer Company – Massachusetts
Wood Barrel Aged Sour
GOLD – Gatlin Damnosus – Anderson Valley Brewing – California
SILVER – Stupid Sexy Flanders – Sun King Brewing – Indiana
BRONZE – Oak Lactovision – Morgan Brewing – Missouri
Wood Barrel Imperial Stout
GOLD – Kosmonaut – Lake Bluff Brewing – Illinois
SILVER – Long Dark Voyage to Uranus – Sawdust Brewing
SILVER – Silient Night Imperial Stout – Mother Earth Brewing
BRONZE – Black Betty – Nebraska Brewing
Smoked / Rauch beer
GOLD – Cinder Block – Boston Beer Company – Ohio
SILVER – Paka Bock – Big Island Brewhaus – Hawaii
BRONZE – Hogwash Hickory Smoked Brown Porter – Fullsteam Brewing – NC
GOLD – Auld Heritage – Rueben’s Brewing – Washington
SILVER – 15 – Sweetwater Brewing – Georgia
BRONZE – 2012 Great Scott – Peticolas Brewing – Texas
Specialty / Anything Goes
GOLD – Belgo Hoptologist – Knee Deep Brewing – California
SILVER – Smoked Vanilla Gorilla – Red Brick Brewing – Georgia
BRONZE – Golden Sabbath – Big Island Brewhaus – Hawaii
Out of Bounds Pale Ale
GOLD – Our Dark Secret – Moylans Brewing – California
SILVER – Macho – Proof Brewing Company – Florida
BRONZE – Hazed and Infused Pale Ale – Boulder Beer Company – Colorado
Best of Show Organic
GOLD – Organic Strawberry – Samuel Smith’s Brewing – England
SILVER – Bare Scott – Pagosa Brewing – Colorado
BRONZE – Doble Imperial IPA – Orlando Brewing – Florida
GOLD – Buck Wheat Creamy Amber – Dark Hills Brewing – Arkansas
SILVER – Shakdaro – Sprecher Brewing – Wisconsin
BRONZE – Brunehaut Amber – Brunehaut – Belgium
GOLD – Windowpane – Mother Earth Brewing – North Carolina
SILVER – Brown’s Canyon – Elevation Brewing – Colorado
BRONZE – White IPA – Phat Matts Brewing – Oregon
GOLD – Big Wave Golden Ale – Kona Brewing – Hawaii
SILVER – Bitter American – 21st Amendment Brewing – California
BRONZE – Terrapin RecreationAle – Terrapin Beer Co. – Georgia
GOLD – B. Stiff & Sons Root Beer – Oskar Blues Brewing – Colorado
SILVER – Capt’n Eli’s Root Beer – Shipyard Brewing – Maine
BRONZE – Sprecher Root Beer – Sprecher Brewing – Wisconsin