Bristol Garners GABF Kudos

October 19, 2007 -- Have you ever suspected that you have excellent taste in beer? Well, here's further evidence to support your theory: two Bristol beers, an old favorite and one you may not have tried, won medals at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in Denver last week. Laughing Lab nabbed the silver in the Scottish Ale category. This win marks the 8th medal for Lab since taking its first bronze in 1994, just months after the brewery opened. Our Skull 'n Bones Cuvee also came home with a silver in the American-style Sour Ale category.

We're particularly pleased with the Skull 'n Bones win. The Cuvee is a labor of love 4 years in the making. Simulating a process that occurs naturally in Belgium with airborne microbes, we first inoculated an oak barrel with a slurry of wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria isolated from wild raspberries harvested in Cheyenne Canyon. We then filled the barrel with a special blend of our core beers, added sour cherry juice to kick-start the secondary fermentation, sealed it up and waited years for the magic to happen. The result is an unbelievably complex symphony of warm malts and fruit tartness, which as the judging panel agreed, is an excellent example of the style. As you can imagine, it's a very limited production - so we'll let you know when the next keg goes online.

The GABF is the brewing industry's biggest and most prestigious event. This year 2,793 beers were entered for judging. Read more here at the official site.