This is the first year I attended the awards ceremony at the Great American Beer Festival during the Saturday afternoon session. The past two years I gave tours during that time, which I love, but I always missed out.
Even though we didn't win at Bull and Bush, it was really great getting to watch people win medals for all of their hard work. Of the 78 categories, I just had to chuckle at a few. Such as watching Keystone Ice get a gold medal for American Style Specialty Lager. Not a category that many craft breweries care about.
While I expected Dogfish Head, Avery and some of the others to medal, what I didn't expect was to hear boos. Every time an Budweiser labeled beer won a medal there was either dead silence, or a considerable amount of boos. I didn't realize there was that amount of animosity toward the Belgian owned brewery. Anheuser-Busch-Inbev needs to do something to mend their relationship with American brewers, or it could be a slow, downward spiral for the brewing giant. Better come up with something better than the Foozie.