2013 #GABF NC Winner Rundown

North Carolina breweries picked up 4 more Great American Beer Fest medals this year! Let’s take a look at the 4 winners and where you can find them.

Wicked Weed BrewingWicked Weed won a Gold Medal in the American-Style Brett Beer category with their 100% Brett fermented farmhouse ale, Serenity. According to Wicked Weed, “Serenity is light in color with a subtle golden haze, the nose bursts of white grape, mango, pineapple and old leather. The flavors are similar to those found in New Zealand white wines and notes of guava and grape skin stand out leading to a well-rounded finish.”

You’ll have to travel to Asheville for a taste of this gold medal winner, since Wicked Weed has not started distributing yet. As anyone who’s been to their taproom knows, though, it’s well worth the trip up the mountain to check them out!

Olde Hickory BreweryOlde Hickory won a Silver Medal in the Old Ale or Strong Ale category for their Irish Walker barleywine. As they describe it, “It has a full body, deep mahogany color and malty finish with a pronounced fruity quality. Irish Walker is dry hopped with a generous amount of English hops yielding a wonderfully spicy hop bouquet and flavor with less bitterness.”

Like their Imperial Stout, Irish Walker is released a couple of times a year, usually in early fall and early spring.  You can generally find it at any of the Triad bottle shops, including Total Wine.

Mother Earth BrewingMother Earth Brewing added to their medal count, winning their second Bronze Medal in the Bohemian-style Pilsner category for their Kinderpils Bohemhian Pilsner. So far, it’s only been available on tap and I’ve not seen it anywhere in the Triad, but hopefully now we may see some distributed and maybe bottled. Until then, you’ll probably have to visit the brewery to taste this winner.

Last year’s GABF bronze medal winner, their Dark Cloud Munich Dunkel, is available at all of the Triad bottle shops and many grocery stores as well.

Carolina BreweryCarolina Brewery brought home their 3rd medal, winning a Bronze Medal in the Robust Porter category for their Genuine Oatmeal Porter. They describe their porter as “This hearty dark ale with pleasing hints of molasses and chocolate is robust and full bodied. Fresh rolled oats complement the brew by creating a nice silky texture and a creamy, rocky head.”

The Oatmeal Porter can be found distributed in growlers throughout the Triad, including Total Wines, Whole Foods & Bestway. Previous medal winners Sky Blue Golden Ale (Bronze, 2012) and Flagship IPA (Gold, 2006) can be found in growlers at the same places, and canned in all the bottle shops as well as many grocery stores.