Great American Beer Festival 2016

The Great American Beer Festival is nigh upon us and we couldn’t be more excited! 3 days, 800 breweries and 3,800 beers plus of course the competition. For all of us beer crazies, it doesn’t get much better. We’ll be in booth O26 and since you’ll surely have to prioritize where you spend your GABF time, here are a couple reasons to stop by.

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Mile High Club

Something new this year is our very own GABF Mile High Club. We’ll have a limited supply of these merit badges so make sure to get to the booth early and join the club..

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The CAlambic Series

2010 Napa vintage BarrelsAs we put the finishing touches on our CAlambic series with our upcoming Montmorency cherry brew, we wanted to share some background on how we got here. Sours are a big part of High Water and there’s some history behind it.

Going back to the 90’s, Brewmaster Steve was experimenting with sour barrel beers thanks to his love of Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Not everyone is a fan of the hop bitterness that comes with the all-popular IPA style and as Steve points out, the sour taste profile pairs nicely with a variety of food. It’s also refreshing thanks to all the fresh fruit used. He and his wife, Barri, First Lady and Flavorologist of High Water are longtime fans of sour beers and have stayed on the leading edge of innovation with this style.

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Award Winning Summer

WCIThe summer, thus far, has been tremendous for High Water in our craft beer competition entries. We have several awards at 2 major California based competitions.

At the 2016 West Coast Invitational Commercial Craft Beer CompetitionAphotic, our Imperial Porter took 3rd in the Mild, Porters and Stouts category. Cucumber Kolsch, a new summer release, took 2nd in the Specialty Beers category. And Stella Blue, a new offering in our CAlambic series, took 1st in the Wheat/Saison/Belgian/Sour category as well as 2nd in the overall Best of Show group!

The Commercial Craft Beer Competition is part of the larger West Coast Invitational beer festival. Limited to West Coast breweries, it is one of the last remaining fully sanctioned craft brewer competitions. This year, there were over 160 beers entered and judged for 10 distinct categories and the Best of Show award. Hosted at Sactown Union Brewery, the judging was done with a triple blind tasting process meaning the judges had no idea what brand of beer was being tasted in each category.

CA State FairAnd at the 2016 Best of California Commercial Craft Brew Competition, which is part of the California State Fair, Campfire Stout took 1st in the Specialty Beers category and Stella Blue also took 1st in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer category!

In this competition, California craft brews are professionally judged in order to recognize the best commercially brewed beers in California.

All in all, a tremendous start to the summer and the whole crew at High Water is honored to be rewarded for producing beers that push the traditional style boundaries and focus on the unique flavors we love to create. Cheers!