I have experienced the same thing from WBC to GABF and GABF to WBC. Some of the beers do great at one and not the other. It most certainly has to do with the crapshoot affect, which tarmadilo brings up. It's about where your beers end up in the flight! It may also have something to do with the subjective opinions of the judges at either the WBC or the GABF. It's not a conspiracy.
One interesting thing I have noticed are the beers which place consistantly in these categories. It truly shows how careful and consitant the judges are. I've had three silver medals for the same beer over a three year period at GABF and I had a beer win two silvers, one gold and then a bronze at the WBC over the years.
edm1077, I don't think Captain Mullet takes himself too seriously, hence the name. He wants constructive criticism as do the majority of brewers. It's a way to gauge your consistency and your craft. I agree, it is nice to have your patrons, and collegues, and friends enjoy your beer, but it is also nice to know where you stand on a national or international level, by a panel of professional judges.
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Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado