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We here at PorchDrinking believe beer should be fun. So last year we set out to add a different take on the Great American Beer Festival by inviting a mix of national and local writers to participate in our GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft. Each year we draft breweries based on how we feel they’ll finish during GABF judging and earn points based on those finishes.
Last year, PorchDrinking took home the gold, call it organizer’s luck. But this year the field is out for blood. We had a few of the previous year’s participants come and go, but we also added a new host of talent to join our familiar friends. Here’s how the field shook out.
Mike Snider, Tech and Beer Reporter, USA Today
Chelsea Mitchell, Founder, Drink and Spoon
Tom Rotunno, Senior Editor, CNBC
Eric Gorski, Staff Writer and Beer Blogger for the Denver Post
Tristan Chan, Founder, PorchDrinking.com
The draft runs like any other fantasy sports snake-style draft would with the last pick of the first round receiving the first pick of the second round.
Our participants will score points based on how their breweries medal during the actual competition. Please note, that beers in the Great American Beer Festival are judged based on their style guidelines. So while you may be a huge fan of a crazy creative beer, it may not necessarily win due to it’s style category guidelines. Here’s how participants will score points.
1 point for Bronze
3 points for Silver
5 points for Gold
20 points for Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year for a Brewing Company (regardless of size)
15 points for Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year for a Brew Pub (regardless of size)
Judging will take place on Saturday morning of the Great American Beer Festival and we’ll have the final results on how our participants finished that following week.
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And now the results of this year’s draft: