Fat Head’s Brewing cleans up at 2016 GABF (Photo © 2016 Jason E. Kaplan)
In a surprise move, reminiscent of Steve Harvey crowning the wrong Miss Universe, the Brewers Association quickly rescinded the Great American Beer Festival award to Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon as the best Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year.
The award to Fat Head’s was apparently rescinded after BA members realized that Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – San Diego was actually a production brewery, not a brewpub. With the re-classification, Karl Strauss had scored more medal points to become best Mid-Size Brewing Co. According to a statement issued by the Brewers Association’s PR group just about one hour after the awards ceremony, Karl Strauss mis-identified its own San Diego location as a brewpub when registering.
The Brewers Association issued the following statement regarding the change:
“During competition registration, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. self-identified their San Diego location as a Mid-Size Brewpub. After the award ceremony, GABF competition staff realized that this was inaccurate: this location is, in fact, a Mid-Size Brewing Company. Karl Strauss, while it operates brewpubs, is classified as a production facility by GABF competition guidelines.
After reassigning Karl Strauss to the Mid-Size Brewing Company category, and recalculating the Brewery of the Year results, it resulted that Karl Strauss was the winner of the Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year category. In addition, Boxing Bear Brewing Co. is the resulting winner of the Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year category.
No matter who is to blame, Karl Strauss for mis-identifying or the Brewers Association for letting it slip, it seems to me that Fat Head’s should be keeping its well-deserved award. Someone fucked up, but it was not the Fat Head’s crew, though I feel for Karl Strauss if this accident takes away a win. A mistake was made, but Fat Head’s was awarded the medal and should be able to keep it; after all, the mistakes that were made were not its fault. But that’s just my opinion. What do you think?
From Fat Head Brewery & Saloon’s main Facebook page, the below image was posted without any comment: