The Great American Beer Festival is the largest premier beer festival and competition in the United States, bringing together brewers and diverse beers from across the nation. This three day festival and competition features over 4,000 beers from over 800 breweries across the United States.
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Great South Bay Brewery from Bay Shore, Spider Bite Beer Co. from Holbrook and Barrage Brewing Company from Farmingdale are heading to Denver, Colorado to represent the Long Island craft beer scene at GABF. Here’s a sneak peek of what these Long Island breweries are pouring and competing with at GABF.
32 Allen Blvd
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Barrage Brewing Company is pouring several dessert inspired beers at GABF. Assault N’ Fudgery, a salted caramel fudge porter, won a bronze medal at the 2018 World Beer Cup in Nashville, TN, hopefully this beer will bring home a gold medal in the chocolate category at GABF. Barrage will be pouring Who’s a Good Boy, a chocolate raspberry Russian Imperial stout, which is reminiscent of chocolate covered raspberry jelly rings. Be sure to stop by the Barrage Brewing booth at GABF and indulge in these decadent beers.
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Beer: Chocolate Peanut Caramel Brown Ale
Assault N Fudgery
Beer: Salted Caramel Fudge Porter
Beer: Hazelnut Coffee Milk Stout
Who’s a Good Boy
Beer: Chocolate Raspberry Russian Imperial Style
Category: N/A, just pouring
25 Drexel Drive
Bay Shore, NY 11706
The brewers at Great South Bay are veterans at GABF. Their Jetty Ale, a cream ale brewed with orange blossom honey, is returning to GABF to try to reclaim the gold. The Jetty Cream Ale won a gold medal at GABF in 2016 and silver in 2017. Great South Bay is also competing in some new categories this year. Nauti Girl, a New England IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin Hops is entered in the Hazy IPA category.
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The Raspberry Berliner Weisse, a Local to Locals collaboration with Great South Bay Brewery, Destination Unknown Beer Company, and Spider Bite Beer Company, will be entered in the collaboration category. GSB also entered the GABF Pro-Am competition. Homebrewer, Bernard Ramchatesingh from the Handgrenades Homebrew Club, was selected be GSB’s 2018 GABF Pro-Am entry. Ramchatesingh brewed “Pon De Flor,” a traditional gose ale brewed with hibiscus, giving it a striking reddish-pink color which is sure to attract attention from the judges.
Great South Bay Pilsner
Beer: Traditional German Pilsner brewed with Hallertau Hops
Category: German Pilsner
Beer: Berliner Weisse brewed with pineapple
Category: Specialty Berliner Weisse
Beer: New England IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin Hops
Category: Hazy IPA
Beer: Cream Ale brewed with Orange Blossom Honey
Category: Honey Beer
Pon De Flor
Beer: Gose Ale brewed with hibiscus
Raspberry Berliner Weisse
Beer: Berliner Weisse brewed with raspberries
920 Lincoln Ave #5
Holbrook, NY 11741
Spider Biter Beer Co is known for crafting strong and unique beers. At the second annual New York Craft Beer Competition in Buffalo, Spider Bite Beer Co took home a Gold Medal in the Imperial Stout and Porter category for Boris the Spider. Hopefully, Spider Bite can duplicate their success at GABF in the Imperial stout sub category British. Melba Toasted Brown Ale, named after Melissa “Melba” Barrett, the graphic artist who brought spider alive through her can designs, will be entered in the brown ale category. Crawl over to the Spider Bite Beer Co both and sample these spider inspired beers.
Boris The Spider
Beer: Russian Imperial Stout style
Category: Imperial stout sub category British
Melba Toasted Brown Ale
Beer: American Brown Ale
Category: Brown Ale
Beer: American Porter
Do Double IPA
Beer: American Imperial IPA
Category: N/A, just pouring
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