Texas Brewers Take Home 13 GABF Medals

Great American Beer Festival medals
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Congratulations to the Texas breweries who brought home 13 medals in the 2021 Great American Beer Festival Competition.

On September 10, the Brewers Association awarded 290 medals to 265 breweries across the country during the 2021 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

“Despite being forced to cancel the festival portion of GABF, our brewing community rallied together to make this year’s GABF competition one for the books—our largest competition judged to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition director, Great American Beer Festival. “Judges continue to be impressed with the quality and innovation of all entries they evaluated. The Brewers Association is proud to honor this year’s deserving winners. We look forward to celebrating in person together next year.”

In the largest, most competitive year of the competition to date, 10 Texas breweries brought home a total of 13 medals.

Texas Medal Winners

Category 10: Coffee Stout or Porter – 90 Entries
Bronze: Captain’s Coffee Stout, Galveston Bay Beer Co., Dickinson, TX

Category 31: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 66 Entries
Gold: Sea of Waves, True Anomaly Brewing Co., Houston, TX

Category 38: American Pilsener – 130 Entries
Bronze: Rocket 100, The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Austin, TX

Category 39: International Lager – 175 Entries
Silver: Scout, True Anomaly Brewing Co., Houston, TX

Category 40: American Cream Ale – 147 Entries
Bronze: Buckle Bunny, Eureka Heights Brew Co., Houston, TX

Category 41: Hoppy Lager – 127 Entries
Silver: Timbo Pils, Pinthouse Pizza North, Austin, TX

Category 43: German-Style Pilsener – 210 Entries
Gold: Meanwhile Pilsner, Meanwhile Brewing Co., Austin, TX

Category 46: Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest – 65 Entries
Silver: High Brau, Cowtown Brewing Co., Fort Worth, TX

Category 48: German-Style Maerzen – 80 Entries
Bronze: Oktoberfest, Real Ale Brewing Co., Blanco, TX

Category 71: Scottish-Style Ale – 39 Entries
Bronze: Bull Shark, Galveston Bay Beer Co., Dickinson, TX

Category 82: Belgian-Style Ale or French-Style Ale – 73 Entries
Gold: Celestis Thesauri, Save The World Brewing Co., Marble Falls, TX

Category 90: Brown Porter – 57 Entries
Gold: Peter Porter, Westlake Brewing Co., Dallas, TX

Category 96: Scotch Ale – 49 Entries
Silver: Real Heavy, Real Ale Brewing Co., Blanco, TX

GABF Competition Statistics

  • 35th edition of the GABF competition
  • 9,680 beers judged
  • 2,192 breweries in the competition from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico
  • 170 judges
  • Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 99.6
  • Category with the highest number of entries: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (427)
  • 290 total medals awarded
  • 265 medal-winning breweries
  • 425 first-time GABF entrants
  • 30 first-time entrant GABF medal winners


For more information about the competition, as well as the complete list of medal winners, visit the Great American Beer Festival website.