These changes should have made sure that all breweries who wanted to enter beers in the competition were able to enter, but there may be booths from a few of your favourite breweries missing if the number of requests exceeded the maximum and they didn't win the lottery. But, these are the issues that have to be dealt with then there are now over 3,000 operating craft breweries (and almost 2,000 more in planning stages) in the country.
Perhaps due in some part to the changes in the registration process, Texas has it's largest showing of craft breweries again this year:
Assuming this list is correct, there will be 47 Texas breweries this year, up from 36 in 2013, 30 in 2012 and 22 in 2011. As a recap, the following Texas breweries won medals in the 2013 GABF competition:
|Gold||Black Thunder||Austin Beerworks||German-Style Schwarzbier|
|Bronze||Elba||Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery||Herb and Spice Beer|
|Gold||Cedar Creek Belgian Style Dubbel||Cedar Creek Brewery||Belgian-Style Abbey Ale|
|Gold||Public Ale||Community Beer Co.||Extra Special Bitter|
|Bronze||Atrial Rubicite||Jester King Brewery||Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale|
|Gold||Bitterama||Namaste Brewing at the Whip In||Herb and Spice Beer|
|Bronze||Blind Jake||Pinthouse Pizza||Brown Porter|
|Silver||Brewers Cut Altbier||Real Ale Brewing Co.||German-Style Altbier|
|Bronze||Saint Arnold Weedwacker||Saint Arnold Brewing Co.||German-Style Wheat Ale|
|Silver||Saint Arnold Summer Pils||Saint Arnold Brewing Co.||Munich-Style Helles|
Good luck to all breweries who have beer entered in the competition this year and I look forward to sampling your beers on the convention floor.