Point Oktoberfest and Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale win gold at 2012 Great
American Beer Festival
Point Oktoberfest and Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, the Stevens Point Brewery’s
fall seasonal craft beers, are the toast of the season after winning gold
medals at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival in Denver on October 13.
Point Oktoberfest, a Marzen-style lager, won the gold medal in the
American-style Amber Lager category (45 entries), while Whole Hog Pumpkin
Ale, a unique and extra bold spiced ale, was judged the best in the Field
Beer or Pumpkin Beer category (63 entries).
“A gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival represents true brewing
excellence, and to win gold medals for both our fall seasonal beers is doubly
exciting for our brewery,” said Stevens Point Brewmaster Gabe Hopkins.
Point beers have now been honored with 18 beer-competition medals and awards
this year alone, according to Joe Martino, Stevens Point Brewery Operating
Partner, who noted Point Oktoberfest also won the bronze medal in the Marzen/Oktoberfest
category in the 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championships.
“These awards are a testament to the quality of our hand-crafted beers,”
American-Style Amber Lager and Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer were two of 84
categories judged at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival (GABF), America’s
largest and most prestigious beer competition. This year’s GABF featured 4,338
beers from 666 U.S. breweries judged by an international panel of 188 experts
who conducted an extensive blind tasting of the beers by category. “Both Point
Oktoberfest and Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale are very successful in the marketplace
each fall, so the GABF gold medals are not a complete surprise,” Martino said.
“In 2012, the Stevens Point Brewery significantly increased production of Point
Oktoberfest to meet demand. As for Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, the brewery doubled
this year’s production. We are grateful to our loyal consumers who continue to
support our craft beers.”
Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale is the seasonal specialty beer for
Stevens Point Brewery’s Whole Hog Limited Release Specialty Brews series, which
are “big beers” brewed for craft-beer aficionados. Brewed with real pumpkin,
spices, Perle hops and Munich, caramel and roasted malts, Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
is a very bold, spicy beer with a big body.
“We add real pumpkin at the beginning of the brewing process,” Hopkins
explained. “The spices – cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and a ginger – are added at
three points: to the mash at the beginning of the process, to the wort just
before the boil and to the finished beer after fermentation is complete. The
Perle hops balance the sweetness of the malt and pumpkin.”
Point Oktoberfest Sold in six-packs and 12-packs of long-neck NR bottles as well
as kegs, Point Oktoberfest is an authentic Marzen beer, the style of Bavarian
lager made famous by Munich’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. Point Oktoberfest
is brewed with Vienna, 2-row Munich and Crystal malts and Hallertau, Tettnang
and Spalt hops imported from Bavaria, Hopkins said.
“Point Oktoberfest is a full-bodied, malty and slightly sweet beer perfect for
the arrival of crisp, cool autumn weather,” he said.
Stevens Point Brewery’s 2012 Accolades In addition to the two 2012 GABF gold
medals and Point Oktoberfest’s bronze at the U.S. Open Beer Championships, some
of the other awards the Stevens Point Brewery collected during 2012 include the
following: • Point Amber Classic won the gold as the best American-Style Amber
Lager in July in the 2012 North American Beer Awards, a prestigious beer
competition presented by the North American Brewers Association; • Point 2012
Black Ale won silver medals in the 2012 World Beer Cup (German-Style Schwarzbier
category) and the North American Beer Awards (Schwarzbier category;) • Point
Special Lager won the silver medal in the American Premium Lager category at the
2012 United States Open Beer Championships in July in Atlanta. • Point Cascade
Pale Ale won a silver medal at the 2012 World Beer Championships. • Point Three
Kings Kolsch won a bronze medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup German-Style Kölsch
Steven Point Brewery History
The Stevens Point Brewery is steeped in a history that has transcended the
trials of the Civil War, the Great Depression and Prohibition. More than 150
years later, the Stevens Point Brewery continues to successfully brew quality
beer, just as the brewery’s founders, Frank Wahle and George Ruder, did in 1857.
This undeniable endurance is a testament of why the Stevens Point Brewery, in
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery
remaining in the United States. Today, the Stevens Point Brewery is proud to be
Wisconsin-owned and independently operated.