Fate Brewing Company Scottsdale, one of Arizona’s newest and smallest breweries, claimed a silver medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 84 beer-style categories were announced October 13 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
Fate was recognized in the Specialty Beer-Style category for its Candy Bar Milk Stout, a sweet/cream stout brewed with honey roasted peanuts, coca-nibs, whole vanilla beans and sea salt. “Many folks refer to this beer as a liquid version of their favorite candy bar” says Steve McFate, owner of Fate Brewing Company Scottsdale. The Candy Bar Milk Stout will be a seasonal release available on tap at Fate in early November.
Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., Fate is a small, seven barrel brewpub specializing in eclectic small batch beers, wood-fired pizzas, salads and house-brewed root beer. According to McFate, the small scale of the brew house has afforded Fate the opportunity to brew more than 40 different varieties and styles of beer in their 11 months of operation.
The 2013 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 201 expert judges from the record number of 4,809 entries received from 732 breweries hailing from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C. “The Great American Beer Festival brings together the most stellar brewers from around the country,” said Chris Swersey, competition director. “Taking home a medal at this premier beer competition is truly a symbol of brewing excellence.”