It was gracious of the ABGB to let a different American brewery win Large Brewpub of the Year at GABF in October after three consecutive years of dunking on their competition. Kids born in 2016 have never even known a world without ABGB reigning supreme. At this point, the ABGB is a platinum-level beermaking institution that doesn’t even need validation from us; Paste magazine, who nationally recognized them as one of 2018’s “Best Breweries”; the Austin Beer Guide editors who named their Fermentation Fest as Austin’s “Best [Beer] Event”; a panel of BIG-TIME INDUSTRY TUNAS in Denver; or anyone else to confirm they’re the zenith of pilsner brewers in the United States. However, something they do care about, it appears, is the high quality of local philanthropy in the form of their Hell Yes Project, which donates a percentage of their yearly proceeds to their nonprofit partners like AIDS Services of Austin, Austin Pets Alive!, and Friends of Barton Springs Pool. That’s something worth drinking for.