16 GABF Winners

Tickets to this year’s Great American Beer Festival sold out in 20 minutes. This isn’t shocking when you consider that over 600 of the best breweries in the U.S. were in attendance and that beer is delicious. The highlight of the event every year is the awards ceremony where breweries can snatch Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals in a plethora of categories. Some of the winning brews aren’t exactly easy to get your hands on, but a few end up being some you can snag at your local liquor store either year-round or during their seasonal release. Here are some of this year’s gold medal winners that you can go out and enjoy.

For a full list of all the winners visit the Great American Beer Festival website.

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Pappy Van Winkle is the name in bourbon. Bottles have sent drinkers on wild goose chases and left others with empty bank accounts. While we can’t help you procure any of that elusive elixir, we can bring a little Pappy into your life in another way. Pappy Van Winkle Hot Sauce is aged in actual Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. The distillery teamed with friends at Midland Ghost to make this flavorful hot sauce, which features the latter’s prized first generation Ghost Peppers. After the sauce was made, it was left to age in barrels that once held Pappy. That means you have a sauce that’s rich, oaky, and full of flavorful heat. Use it on meats, veggies, or, if you’re a special brand of crazy, just drink it straight from the bottle. It’s that good.