Congrats local brewers!

The Great American Beer Festival was this weekend in Denver, CO. Beer lovers from around the world converge annually as this event is beer heaven, with 2100 beers from 457 breweries across America served over three days. The only people happier than the attendees are the brewers who get to pow-wow with their brethren and sistren (sistern?) brewers and, hopefully, bring hope some accolades.

This year, Sacramento has two winning breweries at GABF. Rubicon Brewing brought home the Silver Medal for their multi-award winning Winter Wheatwine in the Strong Beer category. Sacramento Brewing Company won the Bronze for their Collaborative Evil in the Belgian and French Style category. This is currently on tap sold out but coming back in the future at SacBrew and is delicious.
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National Awards for Elk Grove Brewing, and Bon Voyage

The 27th Annual Great American Beer Festival was held this weekend in Denver with several area breweries competing. Congratulations to Elk Grove Brewing Company for bringing home two medals. Head Brewer Bill Wood added to his extensive trophy case with the Bronze Medal for the Bad Dog Brown Ale (category: American-Style Brown Ale) and the Silver Medal for the Bock Lager (category: Bock). The Bock Lager also won the Gold Medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup this year, naming it this year’s best Traditional German-Style Bock in the world. Great job, Bill!

…And now the bad news. Elk Grove Brewing Company became another victim of bad economic times and closed its doors this week. Bill will be going from Old Town Elk Grove to Old Town Auburn, where he will be brewing up at Auburn Alehouse. I’d like to offer my condolences to owner Chris Correa, his family and the rest of the staff. It has been 13 great years of buckets of garlic fries and beer battered fried dill pickles. The Sacramento brew community will miss you.