The Great American Beer Festival is arguably the most prestigious beer awards ceremony in America. Each year producers send the fest a bunch of beers to judge in a number of categories; the competition is fierce, but this year Houston got a few prizes.

Four Houston-area breweries won medals at the 2020 festival, this year held virtually on October 16 and 17 and based in Denver. The winners are:

Gold

  • Extra Special Bitter: Wicket Awesome – Eureka Heights Brew Co.
  • Oatmeal Stout: Settlers' Oatmeal Stout – Vallensons' Brewing Co.

Bronze

  • Historical Beer: Fr. Bernard's Grodziskie – New Magnolia Brewing Co. 
  • Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer: Freedom 7 – True Anomaly Brewing Co.

News & Events

You might have seen those Saint Arnold "Choose Beer" campaign yard signs around town. Now you can get one for $10 at Saint Arnold Beer Garden & Restaurant and throw your neighbors for a loop. Just go through the drive-thru lane and ask for yours.

What goes on at 8th Wonder? Well, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the brewery's beer garden will be hosting a free visual and musical Beatles show incorporating David Adickes's mammoth Fab Four statues.

Sigma is hosting its fourth anniversary celebration on October 30, and this time it's a to-go party. Pre-order here and you can get brews like Burial In Space, aged in Yellow Rose Outlaw bourbon and rye whiskey barrels then conditioned on coffee; two versions of Mutatis Mutandis, one being a barrel-aged coffee stout and porter blend and the other being a barrel-aged, biscotti-flavored stout and porter blend; Entropic IPA; and Eggs Erroneous, a New England-style double IPA.

Spindletap is hosting a virtual beer tasting at 7 p.m. October 29. Pre-order, and pay $10 to get a four-pack of beers and pint glass for the tasting. Gift cards will be won at the event.

Present your "I VOTED" sticker at Eureka Heights on Friday and get your first beer for $2.

Now in stores: No Label The Floor is Java, a 6.3-percent ABV coffee stout.

Beer Releases

Spindletap is unleashing Bull Rush double IPA, a Texans-inspired beer, starting at 11 a.m. today.  The 8-percent ABV beer is made with Mosaic, Wai-iti, and Vic Secret hops.

At Saloon Door, get Pumpkin Spice Nitro Milk Stout. The beer came out Thursday.

On Wednesday, Southern Yankee put out Honey Boo Boo, a 6.4-percent ABV honey hibiscus saison with raspberries and blackberries, and Raspberry Lemonade Sour Slush, a 3.6-percent ABV slushie with raspberry puree and lemonade.

Texas Leaguer's newest addition to the PEDs lineup is a Mosaic and Citra beer now available at the Missouri City taproom.

Bakfish in Pearland has released Mas Lucha, a Mexican amber lager available in four-pack and on draft at its taproom.

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