From a release from the Brewers Association:
The 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 252 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, including GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 27th year, the 2013 competition surpassed all previous participation records, setting the bar high.
To accommodate growth, this year's GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 201 beer experts from 11 countries evaluating 4,809 entries, with assistance from more than 130 competition volunteers.
Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 beer categories covering 138 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S. Winners were chosen from 4,809 competition entries from 745 breweries, hailing from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C.
It was a strong year for Texas breweries this year, 10 medals were brought back to the "Lone Star State." It was hard not to feel a sense of pride as each of the winning Texas breweries crossed the stage and were presented medals by the Brewers Association President, Charlie Papazian.
The crew from Austin Beerworks show off their new medal.
2013 Texas Brewery Winners
Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer, 134 Entries
Gold: Bitterama, Namaste Brewing at the Whip In, Austin, TX
Bronze: Elba, Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, Austin, TX
Category 31: Munich-Style Helles, 42 Entries
Silver: Saint Arnold Summer Pils, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX
Category 40: German-Style Schwarzbier, 26 Entries
Gold: Black Thunder, Austin Beerworks, Austin, TX
Category 58: Extra Special Bitter, 56 Entries
Gold: Public Ale, Community Beer Co., Dallas, TX
Category 64: German-Style Altbier, 32 Entries
Silver: Brewers Cut Altbier, Real Ale Brewing Co., Blanco, TX
Category 67: German-Style Wheat Ale, 28 Entries
Bronze: Saint Arnold Weedwacker, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX
Category 71: Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale, 47 Entries
Bronze: Atrial Rubicite, Jester King Brewery, Austin, TX
Category 72: Belgian-Style Abbey Ale, 88 Entries
Gold: Cedar Creek Belgian Style Dubbel, Cedar Creek Brewery, Seven Points, TX
Category 74: Brown Porter, 30 Entries
Bronze: Blind Jake, Pinthouse Pizza, Austin, TX
Summary: 2013 Great American Beer Festival Statistics
• 624 breweries in the festival hall
• More than 3,100 beers served at the festival
• 49,000 attendees • More than 2,800 volunteers
• 745 breweries in the competition from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C.
• 4,809 beers judged (includes 100 Pro-Am competition entries), a 12 percent increase over 2012
• 84 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition
• 201 judges from 11 countries
• Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 51
• Category with highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale: 252