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Which Is Better For Your Brain? Beer Or Coffee? You’ll Never Guess.

Which Is Better For Your Brain? Beer Or Coffee? You’ll Never Guess.

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Beer vs Coffee

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. beerbrainPeople 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?

coffeebrainFeeling 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.


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:

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 On Twitter @BeerCountry)

Craft Brewery Releases Beer Made With Goat Brains

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.

First Food and Drink on the Moon

How an Atheist Might Be Behind You Not Seeing It
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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

Buzz Aldrin

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

2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship

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, 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

Imperial IPA

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

Oatmeal Stout

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

Imperial Stout

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

Old Ale

GOLD – The Gimp – Sweetwater Brewing – Georgia

SILVER – XX Bitch Creek – Grand Teton Brewing – Idaho

BRONZE – Iron Duke – Wellington County Brewing – Ontario

Barley Wine

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

Scottish Ale

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

American IPA

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

German Alt

GOLD – AMB Common – Appalachian Mountain Brewery – North Carolina

SILVER – Ol’ Woody Alt – Sawdust Brewing – Ontario

BRONZE – Ctrl+Alt+Delete – Mark Girard

German Kolsch

GOLD – Full Circle – New Holland – Michigan

SILVER – Khos Kolsch – Icicle Brewing – Washington

BRONZE – Summer Beer – Harpoon Brewing – Massachusetts

German Wheat

GOLD – Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier – Weihenstephaner – Germany

SILVER – Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel – Weihenstephaner – Germany

BRONZE – Sanctum 2013 – Calavera – Mexico

BRONZE – Brewmaster Wheat – Niagara College – Canada

German Hefeweizen

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

Belgian Lambic

GOLD – Framboise – Lindermans – Merchant Du Vin

SILVER – American Wild Ale – AC Golden – Colorado

BRONZE – Flambouant Wild Red – Arbor Brewing – Michigan

Belgian Witbier

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

American Light

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

Bohemian Pilsener

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

Munchner Helles

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

American Wheat

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

Coffee Beer

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

Baltic Porter

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

Aged Beer

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

Gluten Free

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

Session Beer

GOLD – Big Wave Golden Ale – Kona Brewing – Hawaii

SILVER – Bitter American – 21st Amendment Brewing – California

BRONZE – Terrapin RecreationAle – Terrapin Beer Co. – Georgia

Root Beer

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