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FOBAB 2018 Results

These are the results of the 2018 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers competition, the 16th installment of the event, held on November 16th and 17th, 2018. The event is run by the Illinois Craft Brewer’s Guild and held this year at the UIC Forum in Chicago. The National Wood Aged Beer Competition is judged by a panel of industry experts prior to the public sessions. Each beer is judged on the basis of how that underlying style reflects the expression of wood and/or barrel character. This year, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals were awarded in 12 categories as well as “best of show.”

This year there were 401 entries from 213 different breweries.

In 2017 there were 374 entries from 206 different breweries, 2017 results here.
In 2016 there were 419 entries from 179 different breweries, 2016 results here.
In 2015 there were 363 entries from 157 different breweries, 2015 results here.
In 2014 there were 275 entries from 112 different breweries, 2014 results here.
In 2013 there were 213 entries from 95 breweries, 2013 results here.
In 2012 there were 173 entries, 2012 results here.
in 2011 there were some entries, 2011 results here.

FOBAB 2018 Best Of Show
#1 – #043 – Bottle Logic Brewing – Fundamental Observation
#2 – #376 – Hopewell Brewing Company – Crudités

Category: Cider/Perry/Mead – 21 entries (2017 was 17, 2016 was 23, 2015 was 19, 2014 was 9, new category in 2013 with 9 entries)
#1 – #005 – Cellarmen’s – Valentine Liberator Gin BBL Aged Cranpus
#2 – #015 – Superstition Meadery – Aphrodsia
#3 – #000 – 2 Towns Ciderhouse – La Mûre

Category: Fruit Beer – 12 Entries (2017 was 12, 2016 was 17, 2015 was 13, 2014 was 26, 2013 was 11, 2012 was 14)

#1 – #030 – Werk Force Brewing Co. – Farmhouse Vultures with Blackberries and Raspberries
#2 – #031 – Werk Force Brewing Co. – The Legend of Birger
#3 – #024 – Brickstone Brewing – Luxardo Afterworld

Category: Specialty Strong/Porter Stout (previously called Strong Porter/Stout) 72 entries (2017 was 61, 2016 was 45, 2015 was 36, 2014 was 36, 2013 was 33, 2012 was 21)

#1 -#43 – Bottle Logic – Fundamental Observation
#2 – #061 – Fremont Brewing – The Rusty Nail
#3 – #058 – Four Fathers Brewing – Double Barrel-Aged Wheelhouse

Category: Classic Beer Styles (previously called Classic Styles (not higher than 7% abv)) 10 entries (2017 absent, 2016 was 23, 2015 was 26, 2014 was 32, 2013 was 16, 2012 was 11)

#1 – #110 – Middle Brow Beer Co. – Sassafras Brut
#2 – #107 – Church Street Brewing Company – Holy Moly
#3 – #106 – Black Horizon Brewing Company – Gin Barrel Aged Fool Me Once

Category: Barleywine/Wheatwine – 25 entries (29 in 2017, 31 in 2016, 33 in 2015, 33 in 2014, 16 in 2013, 2012 was 16)

#1 – #138 – Verboten Brewing – Cognac/Whisky Grow Old With You
#2 – #124 – Goose Island Beer Co. – Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine
#3 – #134 – Revolution Brewing Company – Straight Jacket

Category: Strong Dark Beer (was Other Dark Beer in 2017, and previously called Strong/Double/Imperial Dark Beer) 31 entries (2017 ??, 2016 was 37, 2015 was 35 entries, 2014 was 32, 2013 was 29, 2012 was 24)

#1 – #160 – Rock Bottom Brewery – Portland – 5th Dimension
#2 -#147 – Karetas Brewing – Colm Cille
#3 – #145 – Half Acre Brewing Co – Orin

Category: Strong Pale Beer – (Was “Other Pale Beer” in 2017, and previously called Strong/Double/Imperial Pale Beer) 18 entries (2017 ??, 24 entries in 2016, 2015 was 27, 2014 was 15, 2013 was 21, 2012 was 21)

#1 – #183 – Pollyanna Brewing Company – Orenda Volume 03
#2 -#177 – Karetas Brewing – Sacre Coeur
#3 – #181 – Nebraska Brewing Co. – Melange A Trois

Category: Strong Porter/Stout (previously called Classic Porter/Stout) – 53 entries (51 in 2017, 2016 was 58,  2015 was 46, 2014 was 11, 2013 was 11 entries, 2012 was 12 entries)

#1 -#221 – More Brewing – Barrel-Aged Mehndi
#2 – #229 – Saugatuck Brewing Company – BBA Dramanatrixxx
#3 – #210 – Empirical Brewery – Neutronium

Category:  Wild Beer/Brett (previously called Wild Beer (Brett)) – 28 entries (26 in 2017, 2016 was 27, 2015 was 27, 2014 was 19 entries, 2013 was 12, 2012 was 9)

#1 – #262 – Off Color-Mousetrap – Wildlings
#2 – #246 – Blackberry Farm Brewery – Barrel Series Brett Belgo IPA
#3 – #253 – Funkwerks – Sauvin Reserve

Category: Specialty/Experimental (previously called Experimental Beer) – 25 entries (25 in 2017, 2016 was 39, 2015 was 29, 2014 was 32, 2013 was 20, 2012 was 18)

#1 – #281 – Fremont Brewing – B-Bomb: Coconut Edition
#2 – #290 – St. Francis Brewery and Restaurant – Teotwawki
#3 – #292 – The Dayton Beer Company – Deep Sea Diving Sea Salt Stout

Category: Wild Beer/Sours (Acidic) W/Fruit (previously called: Wild Beer (Acidic) Sours with Fruit) – 63 entries (51 in 2017, 49 in 2016, 2015 was 26)

#1 – #332 – Reinhgeist Brewery – Perpetual Passion
#2 – #346 – The Rare Barrel – Playing For Keeps
#3 – #317 – Horas Aged Ales – Goodbye to Beauty

Category: Wild Beer/Sours Acidic (Previously called Wild Beer (Acidic) Sours (previously called Wild Beer (Acidic))) – 42 entries (50 in 2017, 2016 was 51, 2015 was 45, 2014 was 30, 2013 was 35, 2012 was 27)

#1 – #376 – Hopewell Brewing Company – Crudités
#2 – #368-  Cooked Stave Artisan Beer Project – L’Brett D’or
#3 – #394 – The Rare Barrel – The Search

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Episode 336 – IPA vs Porter

Festivals and more festivals.

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Episode 225 – APA vs Blonde

Goodbye Baderbrau.

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Episode 334 – Two Pale Ales

Two pale ales face off in this week’s episode.

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Episode 333 – The 2nd round of Craft v Crafty begins

The 2nd round of the Craft vs Crafty tournament begins.

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Episode 332 – Wheat vs Blonde

Stones and haze.

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Episode 331 – Farmhouse vs Pils

Green Flash, Glitter, and Guinness.

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Episode 330 – Two IPAs

In depth discussion on glitter beers.

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Episode 329 – A Pale and a Barleywine

3-tier in 2018.

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Episode 328 – Two Pale Ales

Passing the time on an international flight. Cigar City now made elsewhere.

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