Wednesday, September 13, 2023

2023 GABF Breweries to visit, N-P

Narrow Path How come you only write about smoothie sours and not the good kind, someone asked me. Good question. I my have overlooked some, but I am hereby mentioning Restless Seas as a Gose you should try. This beer brought Narrow Path Brewing their first World Beer Cup medal in 2022.

Nashville Brewing And speaking of award winners, Nashville Brewing took home Silver for Nashville Lager in the Helles category at WBC in 2018 and GABF in 2020, as well as a Bronze at GABF in 2018 for NashZwickel in the Keller/Zwickelbier category. Here's your chance to try them both.

New Terrain GABF is about expanding your palate and trying new styles, right? For some people, maybe. For others, it's seeing how much food they can fit on a string tied around their neck. Both are noble purposes, and here's a beer to please both of those types of people: Punky Masala, a beer made with Indian spices and intended to mimic the flavors of the curry soup Pumpkin Masala. Wash that soup down with Mirage, the Sour IPA (so many sours!) that has won Silver twice at GABF.

No Label Brewing Like those West Coast IPAs? Try Cali Boy, the beer that took a Silver in the coveted Imperial IPA category at the 2022 World Beer Cup.

NOBO Brewing Wait, you say, didn't you recommend this brewery's BA 2nd Breakfast Imperial Stout last year? Yeah, and why not again? Aged 14 months in Jim Beam barrels with added cinnamon, maple syrup, and brown sugar, this sounds like a beer worthy of a 2nd mention. And honestly, I can't remember if I liked it last year, so I need a do over.

Other Brother Beer Co. Yet another sour for your drinking pleasure, this time a collaboration with Alvarado St., is Tropic Desert, a prickly pear, mango, and lime kettle sour.

Our Mutual Friend And what about Saisons? Haven't written about a single one at the fest. Well, sorry, Hill Farmstead isn't at GABF and there aren't a ton of Saisons to write about. Biere Ovale is one of the few, and you can tell it's good because it has a fancy name. This foeder-aged Saison won consecutive Silver medals at GABF (2021 and 2022) in the Mixed Culture Brett Beer category.

Perennial Artisan Ales You've seen it on store shelves but didnt want to pay the $30. But with your $100 GABF ticket, you can drink Abraxas for free! This stout is loaded with vanilla beans, ancho chili, cinnamon, and cacao nibs. What's that? You wih it was the barrel-aged version. Sigh. Me too. I just didn't want to sound ungrateful.

Pizza Port Yes, there are four different Pizza Port locations with booths at GABF, but I'm lumping them all together here. Look at the number of medal-winning beers they're boasting at this year's fest: Oceano (Carlsbad, 2023 WBC Bronze in Australian Pale Ale category); Guillaume (Ocean Beach, GABF/WBC SIX-time medalist in Session/Belgian Table beer category); Paloma (Ocean Beach, 2023 WBC Bronze Specialty Berliner Weisse); Oats (Solana Beach, three-time GABF medalist in Oatmeal Stout category); /p>

Prost Sure, you could go to the brewery itself and enjoy a liter of any of these, and you probably should. But stop by for a shot of their Northern German-style Pilsner and their seasonal Festbier.

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