|The Great American Beer Festival in full swing|
The annual GABF is history now, and Denver can return to normal (whatever that is).
But big props are certainly due to Kane and Flying Fish, the only two Jersey breweries to bring home those coveted Gold medals, according to news releases.
In actuality, however, there is a third "Jersey" winner of Gold. Tom Baker, who with wife Peggy, owns Earth, Bread and Brewery in Mt. Airy, PA (Philly) won Gold for his Perkuno's Hammer Baltic Porter. Tom earned his brewing bones in Jersey, however, when he launched Heavyweight Brewing in Ocean.
|Tom and Peg|
Heavyweight's tanks also saw the creation of a fantastic Alt/Stickebier called Stickenjab, brewed by Tom Baker in conjunction with the NJ Association of Beer Writers, founded in Princeton's Triumph Brewpub by Gary Monterosso, Mark Haynie, Lew Bryson, Jim Carlucci and yours truly.
But let's not forget those who write about it, either.
For how else would the world know what to drink?
(And how ugly is that dude on the bottle? No wonder the beer was retired.)