Chicago suburbs score at Great American Beer Festival

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The lesson for Chicago's beer drinkers at this year's Great American Beer Festival, which handed out its awards on Saturday in Denver, was simple: head to the suburbs.
None of our city breweries took home a medal, but several a short drive away did well.
Fan favorite Three Floyds, of Munster, Ind. won a gold medal for Blot Out the Sun (in the wood and barrel-aged stout category) and silver for Permanent Funeral (among imperial India pale ales). Blot Out the Sun is no longer available, but will likely be made again, Three Floyds spokesman Barnaby Struve said. A new batch of Permanent Funeral will be released in December.

Permanent Funeral was made in collaboration with "grind core" band Pig Destroyer.

"I think they're the first grind core band to win a medal at GABF," Struve said.

Brickstone Brewery in Bourbonnais won gold for the second year in a row, this time in the American-Belgo ale category. Last year, Brickstone stunned the beer world -- and themselves -- by winning gold for its pale ale.
Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Wheeling took home two silver medals, for Frostbite Lager (in the wood and barrel aged beer category) and in the German-style wheat ale category, for Bavarian Sun.
Finally, Two Brothers grabbed silver in the south German-style hefeweizen category for its always-dependable Ebel's Weiss.

Back to the grindstone, Goose Island, Revolution and Haymarket! (Actually, all those breweries have won gold medals during the last three years, so let's cut them some slack.)

For a complete list of winners, click here.

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