From the HBD Archive
From: chuck%bose@uunet.UU.NET (Chuck Cox)
Subject: Re: Results of GABF
Date: 1989-10-31 19:12:40 GMT

In response to Bruce Buck's questions about the Great American Beer Festival:

Bud Dry is a new beer being test marketed in certain regions of the country.
Yes, it is different from Michelob Dry.
When pressed for technical details about the difference between the two
dry beers, the A-B representative said Bud Dry was for the 'upscale market'.
I assume that Michelob Dry must be for the 'downscale market'.

Anheuser Maerzen was at the GABF too.
It is just about what you would expect from Anheuser-Busch,
a watered-down bland imitation of a maerzen.
I wouldn't go out of my way to try it.

As for Bud, Miller, Coors, et. al. winning in the 'American Pilsner'
categories. I would call them good examples of a lousy style.
'American Pilsner' is a polite way of making sure that Millerweiser
gets a chance to win a medal and sparing them the embarassment of competing
against legitimate pilsener beers.

As far as I can recall (and my recall is terrible after attending
several beer festivals) Little Kings have taken gold in the 'cream ale'
category every year for at least the last five years.

I think the people who contract Pecan Street Lager said it best,
"Beer: if you can't taste it, why bother?"

- Chuck Cox - certified national beer judge & all-around great guy

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