Craft Beer of the Week

19 Great American Beer Festival Winners You Can Get in Arizona

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Silver Medal Winners Big Sky Power Wagon -- Other Strong Beer Power Wagon's an example of a fairly uncommon beer style known as wheatwine -- basically a barleywine brewed with a high percentage of wheat. The grain adds a smooth fruitiness as well as a bit of body, adding a physical heft that matches the brew's 11 percent ABV.

Dogfish Head Midas Touch -- Specialty of Honey Beer Not just a medal-winning flavor, but a cool story: in 2001, Dogfish teamed up with a molecular archaeologist to recreate a liquid found in vessels stored in the thousand-year-old tomb of King Midas. Brewed to 9 percent ABV with Muscat grapes, honey and saffron, the historic brew is sweet and complex.

Fate Candy Bar Milk Stout -- Specialty beer GABF judges apparently understood why we would name Fate this year's best new brewery. The Scottsdale brewpub's Candy Bar Milk Stout, brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, sea salt, and honey-roasted peanuts, is a winner no matter how you look at it.

Four Peaks Kilt Lifter -- Scottish-style Ale In its winningest year ever, Four Peaks brought its total medal count to 12 and gave festival judges and attendees a taste of this caramelly, über-drinkable nectar Arizonans have come to know and love.

Four Peaks Hop Knot -- American-Style Strong Pale Ale Hop Knot took gold in this category two years ago, but although the medal's color has changed, the beer's winning flavor hasn't -- the brew gains bright citrus and pine notes from an intricate brewing process that weaves in hops at six different stages.

Wasatch White Label -- Belgian-style Witbier Brewed with orange peel and coriander just as the first witbiers were, White Label is as solid and flavorful an example of the style as you're likely to find -- even in Utah, where Wasatch does its brewing,

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Zach Fowle
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