Moonlighting At Moonlight: The Hop Harvest 2014

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For a number of years, the winding down of summer brings one of my favorite traditions: hop harvest. Brian Hunt, from nearby Moonlight Brewing — the best brewer you’ve probably never heard of unless you’re from the Bay Area — has a quarter-acre of hops planted on his brewery property, known as “The Abbey de St. Humulus,” which he uses each year to make his Fresh Hop Ale, Homegrown. As we do every year we’re able, the whole family, mother-in-law included, made our way to hop harvest, which Brian does 19th century-style. Which means that entire families get together for the day, and spend hours cutting down the bines, and hand-picking the hops and filling up buckets, which will be dumped into the beer without being kilned the same day, all the while eating, drinking and socializing. In a few weeks, Homegrown will be on draft at select bars around the Bay Area, along with plenty of other fresh hop beers as beerjolais nouveau season gets underway. Below is a little photo essay of our day picking hops.

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A row of hops, ready to be picked.

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My son Porter helping me with the first stages of harvesting, cutting the bines along the bottom.

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The next step will be cutting them at the top, so we can pull them down to pick the hop cones off of the bines.

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Brin Hunt working the long knife, bring down a bine for harvesting.

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A shady spot is made under multiple pop-up canopies with a tarp floor, where the hop bines are laid out for picking, then everybody sits around and carefully pulls off the hop flowers, discarding the leaves, stems, bines and other material so only the hops that flavor the beer are separated into buckets.

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Only the flowers go into the beer.

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My wife Sarah demonstrating how when one bucket is filled, you move on to the next empty one.

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While hops are not simply loaded into your beer glass, like bitter ice cubes, with some hoppy beers, it certainly seems that way.

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There’s nothing quite like being in a hop field at harvest time, the sights and smells are amazing, with the intense aromas of hops hanging thick in the air.

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My daughter Alice digging in an almost-full bucket of freshly picked hops, nearly ready to be added to the beer.

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A very fun day picking hops in the warm California sunshine. While it was great fun, we’re all exhausted and a little sore, with scratches all over our bodies. Thank goodness, tomorrow is Labor Day, and we can relax without doing much labor, apart from enjoying a few beers.

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In a few weeks time, keep an eye out for Moonlight Brewing’s Homegrown Fresh Hop Ale, along with many other fresh hop, or wet hop, beers. They’re only around for a very short time, and once they;re gone, that’s it until next year. These are beers with intense hop aromas and flavors, and the fresher they are, better they taste.

Sonoma State To Offer Beer Course

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So this is great news, and feels even a little bit overdue, though to be fair I may be a little biased, as you’ll soon see. With craft beer persuading people that good beer is every bit as complex and worthy of respect as wine or whiskey, Sonoma State University, in partnership with Lagunitas Brewing, will be offering a certificate course on beer during their spring semester next year. I can say it should be amazing — with my tongue firmly in my cheek — because they’ve hired the best teachers. My little joke there, is the class will be great because Sonoma State has hired me to develop it and be the lead instructor for the course, although I’ll be bringing in a great roster of guest speakers from the beer industry and related fields to teach students everything they want to know about beer, and then some. At least that’s the plan. And right now, we could use your help in figuring out what potential students are most interested in learning about when it comes to beer and brewing.

We’re developing the curriculum now, and the program is being fueled by Lagunitas Brewing, which is where the majority of classes will be held. On Wednesday evenings, beginning next spring, students will spend three hours in the loft at Lagunitas learning about beer and how it’s made, the business of making and selling beer, along with a better appreciation for it.

Officially, the course will be taught through a partnership between the School of Science & Technology and SSU’s continuing education program, the School of Extended & International Education, along with Lagunitas Brewing, and students will receive a transcripted Certificate of Completion in one semester.

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So what do we need your help with? Simple, we’re trying to figure out what potential students are most interested in learning about when it comes to beer. Do you want to know more about how its made, how to taste it analytically and appreciate it better? Or are you interested in possibly joining the beer industry and so are interested in learning more about the business and what opportunities there might be where you could find your dream job? To figure that out, we’ve created a short survey — just rate 22 possible topics, answer two multiple choice questions, then add any other suggestions you might have, that’s all.

So if you’re not in the industry, simply a beer lover, what subjects would most interest you if you took a class about beer? If you are in the industry, what do you think are the most important things to cover?

Please fill out the survey by Sunday, September 7 to help us identify the key topics that you are most interested in. As a token of our gratitude, Lagunitas Brewing Company has graciously offered to give a special deck of playing cards to survey participants that can be picked up at the brewery in Petaluma. You will be notified by email when your cards are ready for pick-up at Lagunitas. Or you could just take the survey for the fun of it and to help out.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

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These are what the cards look like that you can pick up at Lagunitas brewery as a thank you for taking the survey.

Couch Trippin’ Contest

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Lagunitas Brewing, my local down the street, is having a fun contest to win a a party in your home. That is, they’ll bring the Lagunitas Couch Trippin’ party to your home. What could be simpler?

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So it is pretty simple, just do the following:

  1. Snap a photo of your couch & Lagunitas
  2. Tag it #couchtrippin on IInstagram and/or Twitter

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So what can you win? Here’s how Lagunitas explains it: “We’re gonna bring the Lagunitas CouchTrippin’ party to your house … A killer band, tasty munchies, and we’ll even bring our own couch… All for you and up to 30 of your friends (sorry, we can’t have the whole town showin’ up). Follow the super simple instructions above. Or see full legal fine freakin’ print.”

Here’s mine, on our new giant sofa. It’s supposed to be a sofa bed, but we just keep it open all the time and use it as a “snuggle sofa” that fits our family of four perfectly, making it great for watching movies, playing video games, or of course, snuggling.

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Let’s see yours. You have until the end of the month, specifically “August 31, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM PST” to post or upload your own Couch Trippin’ photo. But make sure you read the rules first to make sure you don’t disqualify yourself. For example, I’m not actually “drinking or consuming an alcohol product,” because that’s one of the restrictions. I’m just holding the beer, giving it a sniff.

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We’re looking for a house to bring our CouchTrippin’ party to — so show us a pic of your couch with Lagunitas and tag #couchtrippin on Instagram or Twitter.

At GBBF

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I love the Great British Beer Festival, and it’s a crying shame I don’t get over the pond often enough to attend it. Happily, Mark Dredge, who in addition to Pencil & Spoon, has been doing some work for Pilsner Urquell, had a camera crew follow him around the hall at the Great British Beer Festival. He’s created a short video giving a flavor of what it’s like to be there. So if, like me, you missed it this year, here’s at least a glimpse at what being there be like. Enjoy.

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Hops & History 2

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Last year, the San Francisco Brewers Guild put together a fun event at the Old Mint with Flipside and the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society called Hops & History, in which I was the moderator of a panel discussion about opening and running a brewery in the city of San Francisco, and also helped with a breweriana display of brewery artifacts from San Francisco and California. I thought it was a great event, and it looks like I wasn’t the only one. Apparently, it was “one of the most popular events hosted by FlipSide for the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society last year.” That’s according to an Op-Ed on the Digital Journal, Hops History event displays that San Francisco is a beer town.

As a result of last year’s success, they’ve decided to another beer event at the Mint this year. The Hops & History 2 event takes place next Thursday, July 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Old Mint, located at 88 Fifth Street at Mission in San Francisco. Tickets to the event are $30.

Here’s more information about the event, from the San Francisco Brewers Guild website:

Its time to order another round. This 2nd annual event will feature Bay Area craft beer tasting, historical talks, a panel discussion, home brewing demos, local food vendors, and an expanded exhibit of rarely seen historical West Coast brewing memorabilia. Held in the historic 1874 San Francisco Mint, Hops and History Round 2 continues last year’s sold-out celebration of the unique history of brewing in the Bay Area while looking forward to the future of craft brewing in the City by the Bay and beyond.

Don’t get left out in the cold! Get your tickets early to join us to taste the past and enjoy the present of Bay Area craft brewing.

Event Info

Tastings from all breweries included

  • Presentations on brewing history
  • Home brewing demos by San Francisco Brewcraft
  • Exhibit of historic “breweriana” from the private Collection of Ken Harootunian
  • Bavarian pretzels from Bavarian Brez’n, and other local food for purchase
  • Docent led tours of the historic 1874 Old Mint
  • Souvenir sampling mug included
  • Music by DJ Timestretch

Program Info

  • Dave Burkhart and Jim Stitt: Handmade Labels for Handmade Beers
  • John Freeman: Shock Waves of the San Francisco Beer-Quake
  • Taryn Edwards: Lager, Ale, Porter, and Steam: “Healthful fermented liquors” at the Mechanics’ Institute’s Industrial Expostions 1857–1899
  • Panel discussion with SF Brewers Guild brewers from Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery, Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room, and Cellarmaker Brewing Co.: moderated by Jay Brooks of the Brookston Beer Bulletin

Apparently tickets are selling briskly, so order your tickets quickly if you’re hoping to join us for another great evening of brewing history. There’s also more info at Flipside’s Facebook page. See you there.

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Good Hop Grand Opening This Saturday

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I’m thrilled to announce that Melissa Myers’ new beer bar in Oakland, The Good Hop, will have its grand opening this Saturday, July 12, with the doors opening at the mercifully not-to-early time of 3:00 PM. The Good Hop is located at 2421 Telegraph Avenue in West Oakland, near the intersection of 24th Street, just around the corner from the New Parkway Theater. I won’t even try to be impartial here, Melissa Myers is a longtime friend of mine, and I’m excited for her to finally realize a dream of opening her own place. She’s been a brewer for many years, from Denver to Philadelphia and in the Bay Area brewed at Magnolia, Pyramid and the old Ross Brewery (which is now Iron Springs) but now turns her attention to choosing and serving great beer. Eventually, The Good Hop may serve Melissa’s own beer (fingers crossed), but for now they’ll be featuring a nicely curated tap list of 16 taps, with 2 dedicated sour beer lines, plus 450+ bottled beers. At the grand opening, they plan to have a number of rare and hard-to-find beers available, as well as some special surprises.

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Here’s more information, from the press release:

The Good Hop Bottle Shop and Tasting Room (TGH) is pleased to announce it is opening its doors to the public on July 12, 2014. The 1,900-square-foot shop, at 2421 Telegraph Avenue Suite 102, is a specialty beer bottle shop and tasting room offering 450+ bottled and canned beers that can be purchased for take-away or can be opened and consumed on site in the spacious and comfortable bar. Their ever-rotating 16 taps will serve up California and West Coast craft beers with 2 designated sour beer lines at all times.

TGH will have an enormous beer selection in bottles, cans, and on tap that would please any aficionado; though, Melissa Myers, The Good Hop’s owner and proprietor, wants to draw in the less familiar to beer client as well. “I love beer and I love making people fall in love with beer. Part of my mission in opening this shop is to serve the customer who walks in and says ‘Well, I don’t know that much about beer, so I’m not sure what I should order…’ That’s where it gets fun for us. I love asking them questions and, based on their answers, figuring what they’ll fall in love with!”

TGH will host a number of events for both beginners and experts alike. The shop will host beer style tastings, vertical brewery tastings, meet-the-brewer nights, cheese-and-beer pairing events, chocolate-and-beer pairing events, and a number of other activities that feature beer as the centerpiece. The TGH website, www.thegoodhop.com, will have a calendar of events posted. Its twitter feed will have daily listings of what 16 beers are on tap for the day. TGH’s Facebook page contains additional information.

Myers is excited about the neighborhood: “We chose this spot because it’s right in the heart of what’s happening in Oakland right now,” says Myers. “We love the KONO [Koreatown-Northgate] neighborhood and we’re thrilled to be part of Art Murmur, First Fridays, and the vibrancy of this area. So much is happening here right now, and we’re really excited to be in the middle of it.”

The regular hours of the Good Hop will be from 3-10 PM Wednesday through Monday of each week, closed only on Tuesdays. Bar snacks are currently available while the local menu is being finalized, and then they’ll be serving heartier fare along with the snacks. They’ll be working with “Off the Grid and other pop-up food vendors to offer a variety of beer-friendly food. Food trucks are also being lined up to serve up beer-friendly bites.”

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Beer Birthday: Bert Grant

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Today would have been Bert Grant’s 86th birthday, and he is definitely missed. Bert opened the country’s first brewpub in 1982 in Yakima, Washington and was a fixture in the industry until his death in late July of 2001. Join me tonight in lifting a pint to Bert’s memory.

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Bert Grant and me at OBF in the mid-1990s.

Congratulations To Garrett Oliver On James Beard Award Win

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It’s a beautiful sight to see the coveted James Beard Award hanging around the neck of one of our own. On Monday evening, the 2014 James Beard Award for “Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional” went to Garrett Oliver of the Brooklyn Brewery.

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Garrett posted the above photo on his Facebook page, and asked his followers to forgive him the sin of “posting about something you’ve won.” Under the circumstances, I don’t think his disclaimer was necessary. This is the type of big time award that should be crowed about. Without question, it’s a terrific achievement for Garrett, but it’s also an important accomplishment on beer’s road to respectability and legitimacy as the fine beverage we all know it to be. In his typical erudite fashion, Garrett reflects on the award, and what it means for beer.

Last night I was named “Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional” by the James Beard Foundation. These awards are often called “the Oscars of the food world” and given the star-studded black tie ceremony at Lincoln Center, the description seems apt. I don’t need to tell you that beer has always taken a back seat in these circles, though by rights beer should have arrived here a very long time ago. My esteemed fellow nominees, especially Sam Calagione and my friend David Wondrich, have preached our bona fides from the rooftops for many years. So this shiny chunk of bling is for my Brooklyn Brewery brewing team and for all the 3,000 American breweries making some of the most amazing beverages the world has ever seen. Stand facing the mash tun, get stuck in, and make some magic today. “This thing of ours” is the very best thing in the world.

Well said, and congratulations on a well-deserved award. Chris Lowder snapped the shot below of much merriment after the award ceremony, with a clearly happy Garrett Oliver.

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Brussels Beer Challenge To Be Held In Leuven

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2014 will mark the third year for the Brussels Beer Challenge. In its inaugural year it was held in Brussels, in the second year it was in Liege. This year’s competition will be in Leuven, described as a “beautiful historic city with a rich cultural life, countless moments, excellent hotel and conference facilities, and blessed with a noble and ancient brewing tradition.”

From the press release:

During two days a tasting panel of 60 international renowned beer connoisseurs will taste 750 beers from all over the world. The participating beers are divided into categories based on origin, type and style and then evaluated. At the end of the two tasting days, the best beers, in each category, will be awarded a gold, silver or bronze award. This professional beer competition is a unique opportunity for all beer producers to compete with the best international and Belgian brewers.

Why organize this beer competition in Belgium?

Belgium is without a doubt the most unique beer country. Our country has a great expertise and an international reputation. It is only fitting that Belgium has his own professional beer contest. The mixed presence of both national and international specialists ensures that the awarded beers at the Brussels Beer Challenge can count on a huge media interest and international recognition. Dirk Vansina, alderman of tourism: “In the last weekend of October, when the professional beer tasters are judging the beers, the visitor can also enjoy beer in town. Tourism of Leuven is working on an interesting program in which she confirms her title of beer capital. The program will be confirmed later.”

I’m looking forward to going over and judging this fall in Leuven. Should be a great time.

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Here is a chart showing the gold medals awarded at last year’s Brussels Beer Challenge:
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And here is a chart showing the medals awarded to Belgian breweries at last year’s Brussels Beer Challenge:
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World Beer Cup Awards 2014

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The 2014 World Beer Cup Awards were announced Friday night in Denver, Colorado. This was the 12th time for the biennial international competition, with a record 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries, judged by 219 judges (including yours truly). One interesting note about this year’s judges is that 76% of them were from outside the United States. This year, 281 awards were given in 94 separate categories to breweries in 22 countries. Congratulations to all the winners.

One of the biggest changes to this year’s competition was the implementation of a lottery system. Any brewery that wants to enter their beer first registers their desire to participate in the World Beer Cup over a set period of time. Once the number of interested breweries is known, then the number of different beers each one can enter is determined. This year, every brewery could enter up to four beers. As a result, the winners were far more diverse than in any previous year. Of all 281 award winners, only one brewery won three awards and 26 breweries won two.

Not surprisingly, the category with the highest number of entries was American-Style IPA, with 223. Second was American-Style Pale Ale, with 121 entries, and the third most-entered category was Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer, with 111. The average number of entries for each category was 50 beers.

Overall, the United States won the most medals, with 205. Germany was second, with 27, and Canada came in third, with 7. Belgium and the United Kingdom each won five. Italy garnered 4 awards, while Australia, the Czech Republic, Japan and the Netherlands each brought home three.

Within the U.S., California won the most medals, with 35. Colorado was second with 21 and Oregon was third, with 16. Washington won 11, Illinois brought home 8 and Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin each won 7 awards. Michigan breweries won 6, and Minnesota, New York and Ohio had five victories apiece.

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Individual Beer Awards

Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer
Gold: Float Trip, Piney River Brewing Co., Bucyrus, MO
Silver: Red Dawn, Carson’s Brewery, Evansville, IN
Bronze: DD Blonde, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Eugene, OR

Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast
Gold: Hefeweizen, Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland, OR
Silver: White Noise, Überbrew, Billings, MT
Bronze: Cascade Blonde, Cascade Brewery Co., Abbotsford, Australia

Category 3: Fruit Beer
Gold: Cherry Kriek, Strange Brewing Co., Denver, CO
Silver: Apricot Blonde, Dry Dock Brewing Co. – North Dock, Aurora,
CO
Bronze: Chchchch-Cherry Bomb, Melvin Brewing, Jackson, WY

Category 4: Fruit Wheat Beer
Gold: Salty Kiss, Magic Rock Brewing Co., Huddersfield, United
Kingdom
Silver: Meantime Raspberry Wheat Beer, Meantime Brewing Co., London,
United Kingdom
Bronze: 5 Lizard Latin Style Witbier, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Bedford
Park, IL

Category 5: Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer
Gold: Cucumber Crush, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend, OR
Silver: Cheval Deux, Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago, IL
Bronze: Imperial Pumpkin Smash, Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling,
Ste. Genevieve, MO

Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer
Gold: Mango Magnifico con Calor, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids,
MI
Silver: Bitterama, Kamala Brewing at the Whip In, Austin, TX
Bronze: Señorita, Elevation Beer Co., Poncha Springs, CO

Category 7: Chocolate Beer
Gold: Shake Chocolate Porter, Boulder Beer Co., Boulder, CO
Silver: Snownami Chocolate/Raspberry Imperial Stout, Northbound
Smokehouse & Brewpub, Minneapolis, MN
Bronze: Decadent Dark Chocolate, Atwater Brewery, Detroit, MI

Category 8: Coffee Beer
Gold: Big Shot Espresso Stout, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Silver: Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout, Il Vicino Brewing Co. – The
Canteen, Albuquerque, NM
Bronze: Mocha Machine, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA

Category 9: Specialty Beer
Gold: Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, Willoughby Brewing Co.,
Willoughby, OH
Silver: Stiegl Wildshuter Sortenspiel, Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg,
Salzburg, Austria
Bronze: Le Saisoniere, Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge, MA

Category 10: Rye Beer
Gold: Habitus, Mike Hess Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Silver: Ruthless Rye, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
Bronze: RastafaRye, Blue Point Brewing Co., Patchogue, NY

Category 11: Specialty Honey Beer
Gold: Honey Beer, Long Sun Brewing, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Silver: Robinia, Birrificio San Paolo, Torino, Italy
Bronze: Honey Tripper, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Maple Shade,
Maple Shade, NJ

Category 12: Session Beer
Gold: Lagunitas DayTime Ale, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, CA
Silver: Squeaky Bike Nut Brown, Moab Brewery, Moab, UT
Bronze: Le Petit Prince, Jester King Brewery, Austin, TX

Category 13: Other Strong Beer
Gold: Brouwers 8, Flyers Restaurant and Brewery, Oak Harbor, WA
Silver: Power Wagon, Big Sky Brewing Co., Missoula, MT
Bronze: May the Port Be with You, Pizza Port – Solana Beach, Solana
Beach, CA

Category 14: Experimental Beer
Gold: Redrock Paardebloem, Redrock Brewery, Salt Lake City, UT
Silver: Hoptart, Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing Co., Enola, PA
Bronze: Xyauyù, Birrificio Baladin Società Agricola, Farigliano,
Italy

Category 15: Indigenous Beer
Gold: Wild and Crazy Rye, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder,
Huntington Beach, CA
Silver: Koyt – Kuit – Kuyt, Witte Klavervier, Roden, Netherlands
Bronze: Got Beer, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder, Huntington
Beach, CA

Category 16: Gluten-Free Beer
Gold: Green’s Enterprise Dry-Hopped Lager, Green’s Brewery – Gluten
Free Beer, Seattle, WA
Silver: Green’s Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale, Green’s Brewery – Gluten
Free Beer, Seattle, WA
Bronze: Shakparo, Sprecher Brewing Co., Glendale, WI

Category 17: American-Belgo-Style Ale
Gold: Whiter Shade of Pale Ale, Starr Hill Brewery, Crozet, VA
Silver: Beach Bum Joe, Mispillion River Brewing, Milford, DE
Bronze: Whiplash, SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA

Category 18: American-Style Sour Ale
Gold: Ensorcelled, The Rare Barrel, Berkeley, CA
Silver: Framboise de Amorosa, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
Bronze: Ching Ching, Bend Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Category 19: American-Style Brett Beer
Gold: The Golden Child, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Chestnut
Hill, Philadelphia, PA
Silver: Juxtapose Brett IPA, Four Winds Brewing Co., Delta, Canada
Bronze: Flemish Kiss, The Commons Brewery, Portland, OR

Category 20: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
Gold: Pipewrench, Gigantic Brewing, Portland, OR
Silver: Barrel Aged Scottish, Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co., San
Clemente, CA
Bronze: Lou, Brew Brothers Brewery, Reno, NV

Category 21: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Gold: 1314, Black Tooth Brewing Co., Sheridan, WY
Silver: Cockswain’s Courage Double Barreled Edition Porter, Garage
Project, Wellington, New Zealand
Bronze: Bourbon Barrel Aged Mountain Man, Verboten Brewing,
Loveland, CO

Category 22: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
Gold: Sixteen, Central Waters Brewing Co., Amherst, WI
Silver: Distinguished Eagle, Grand Rapids Brewing Co., Grand Rapids,
MI
Bronze: Siberian Night Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels,
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Akron, OH

Category 23: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Gold: Rodenbach Vintage 2011, Brouwerij Rodenbach, Roeselare,
Belgium
Silver: Funky Jewbelation, Shmaltz Brewing Co., Clifton Park, NY
Bronze: Co-Hop V – Rouge de Mékinac, À la Fût, St-Tite, Canada

Category 24: Aged Beer
Gold: Russian 2009, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Media, Media,
PA
Silver: Vintage Horn Dog, Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, MD
Bronze: Aged Navigator Dopplebock, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits –
Linda Vista, San Diego, CA

Category 25: Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
Gold: Pilsner, Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM
Silver: VIÆMILIA, Birrificio del Ducato, Roncole Verdi, Italy
Bronze: Wilderer Dunkel, Brauerei-Gasthof, Böbrach, Germany

Category 26: Smoke Beer
Gold: Smoke Signal, Swamp Head Brewery, Gainesville, FL
Silver: Weiherer Rauch, Brauerei-Gasthof Kundmüller,
Viereth-Trunstadt, Germany
Bronze: Brewers Select Rauch Märzen, Gordon Biersch Brewery
Restaurant – Rockville, Rockville, MD

Category 27: Australasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light
Lager

Gold: Regia Extra, Industrias La Constancia, San Salvador, El
Salvador
Silver: Pilsener, Industrias La Constancia, San Salvador, El
Salvador
Bronze: Tooheys Extra Dry, Lion Pty, Sydney, Australia

Category 28: International-Style Lager
Gold: Asahi Super Dry, Asahi Breweries, Tokyo, Japan
Silver: Speight’s Triple Hop Pilsner, Lion, East Tamaki, New Zealand
Bronze: Cornish Pilsner, Sharp’s Brewery, Wadebridge, United Kingdom

Category 29: Baltic-Style Porter
Gold: Framinghammer, Jack’s Abby Brewing, Framingham, MA
Silver: The Baltic Gnome, Rock Bottom – Denver, Denver, CO
Bronze: Komes Porter Bałtycki, Browar Fortuna, Miłosław, Poland

Category 30: European-Style Low-Alcohol Lager/German-Style
Leicht(bier)

Gold: Waldhaus Sommer Bier, Privatbrauerei Waldhaus Joh. Schmid,
Waldhaus, Germany
Silver: Leichtes, Mahrs Brau Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany
Bronze: Stockholm Fine Festival Beer 3,5, Krönleins Bryggeri,
Halmstad, Sweden

Category 31: German-Style Pilsener
Gold: Schönramer Pils, Private Landbrauerei Schönram, Petting/Schönram,
Germany
Silver: Alpirsbacher Pils, Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Glauner,
Alpirsbach, Germany
Bronze: Pils, Stoudt Brewing Co., Adamstown, PA

Category 32: Bohemian-Style Pilsener
Gold: Radegast Premium, Plzensky Prazdroj, Pilsen, Czech Republic
Silver: Velkopopovicky Kozel 11°, Plzensky Prazdroj, Pilsen, Czech
Republic
Bronze: Pardal Echt, B.B.N.P., Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

Category 33: Münchner-Style Helles
Gold: Müllerbräu Altbayrisch Hell, Müllerbräu, Pfaffenhofen, Germany
Silver: Falter Export Hell, Privatbrauerei J.B. Falter Regen, Regen,
Germany
Bronze: Löwenbräu Original, Löwenbräu, München, Germany

Category 34: Dortmunder/Export or German-Style Oktoberfest

Gold: Hirsch Gold, Der Hirschbräu – Privatbrauerei Höß, Sonthofen,
Germany
Silver: Special, Brauerei Gold Ochsen, Ulm, Germany
Bronze: Schönramer Gold, Private Landbrauerei Schönram, Petting/Schönram,
Germany

Category 35: Vienna-Style Lager
Gold: Schell’s Firebrick, August Schell Brewing, New Ulm, MN
Silver: Vienna Lager, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost,
Lexington, VA
Bronze: Danish Red Lager, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. – Santa
Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Category 36: German-Style Märzen
Gold: Mayhem Marzen, Springfield Brewing Co., Springfield, MO
Silver: Ur-Saalfelder, Buergerliches Brauhaus Saalfeld, Saalfeld,
Germany
Bronze: Pöllinger Spezial Trunk, Brauerei Anton Pöllinger,
Pfeffenhausen, Germany

Category 37: European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel
Gold: Munich Dunkles, Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka, KS
Silver: Chuckanut Dunkel, Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA
Bronze: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel, Ayinger Brewery, Seattle, WA

Category 38: German-Style Schwarzbier
Gold: Black Bavarian, Sprecher Brewing Co., Glendale, WI
Silver: BraufactuM Darkon, Die Internationale Brau-Manufacturen,
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Bronze: Black Thunder, Austin Beerworks, Austin, TX

Category 39: Traditional German-Style Bock
Gold: Winter Bock, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant – Las
Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Silver: Krieger Floriani-Bock, Brauerei Wilhelm Krieger, Landau an
der Isar, Germany
Bronze: Bock, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Phoenixville,
Phoenixville, PA

Category 40: German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock
Gold: MeyerBock, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills, NC
Silver: Maibock, Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka, KS
Bronze: Ulmer Maibock, Familienbrauerei Bauhöfer, Renchen, Germany

Category 41: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
Gold: Eisbock 2012, Brauhaus Faust, Miltenberg, Germany
Silver: Hot for Teacher Ms. Doppelbock, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.,
Indianapolis, IN
Bronze: Saxonator, Jack’s Abby Brewing, Framingham, MA

Category 42: American-Style Lager or Light Lager or Pilsener
Gold: Coors Light, Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO
Silver: Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI
Bronze: Coors Banquet, Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Category 43: American-Style Cream Ale
Gold: Old Style, Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA
Silver: Icehouse, Plank Road Brewery, Milwaukee, WI
Bronze: Henry Weinhard’s Blue Boar, Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.,
Milwaukee, WI

Category 44: American-Style Amber Lager
Gold: Winterfest, AC Golden Brewing Co., Golden, CO
Silver: Coedo Kyara, Coedo Brewery, Kawagoe, Japan
Bronze: Lacplesis Dzintara, Cido Grupa, Riga, Latvia

Category 45: American-Style Dark Lager
Gold: Old Virginia Dark, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp,
Roseland, VA
Silver: Santo, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX
Bronze: Leavenworth Bakke Hill Black Lager, Fish Brewing Co.,
Olympia, WA

Category 46: Australasian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style
Pale Ale

Gold: Sculpin, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch, San
Diego, CA
Silver: River Runners Pale Ale, Eddyline Brewing, Buena Vista, CO
Bronze: Marketing Ploy, Piece Brewery, Chicago, IL

Category 47: German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch
Gold: White Street Kolsch-Style Ale, White Street Brewing Co., Wake
Forest, NC
Silver: I’d Like to Buy the World a Kölsch, Old Town Brewing Co.,
Portland, OR
Bronze: Endless River, Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston, NC

Category 48: German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier
Gold: Altitude Amber Ale, Altitude Chophouse and Brewery, Laramie,
WY
Silver: TAPS Alt, TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Brea, Brea, CA
Bronze: Balt Altbier, Union Craft Brewing, Baltimore, MD

Category 49: German-Style Sour Ale
Gold: The Dare, Druthers Brewing Co., Saratoga Springs, NY
Silver: Signature Gose, Choc Beer Co., Krebs, OK
Bronze: Schell’s Framboise du Nord, August Schell Brewing, New Ulm,
MN

Category 50: South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier
Gold: Friedenfelser Hefeweizen Hell, Schlossbrauerei Friedenfels,
Friedenfels, Germany
Silver: Fujizakura Kogen Beer Weizen, Fujizakura Kogen Beer,
Yamanashi, Japan
Bronze: Ladenburger Hefeweizen Hell, Brauerei Ladenburger, Neuler,
Germany

Category 51: German-Style Pale Wheat Ale
Gold: Kristallweizen, Brauerei Gold Ochsen, Ulm, Germany
Silver: Belle Gueule Hefeweizen, Les Brasseurs RJ, Montreal, Canada
Bronze: Hirsch Sport Weisse, Hirsch-Brauerei Honer, Wurmlingen,
Germany

Category 52: German-Style Dark Wheat Ale
Gold: Störtebeker Roggen-Weizen, Störtebeker Braumanufaktur,
Stralsund, Germany
Silver: Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel, Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu,
München, Germany
Bronze: Schwarzbräu Weissbier Dunkel, Schwarzbräu, Zusmarshausen,
Germany

Category 53: South German-Style Weizenbock/Weissbock
Gold: Schneider Weisse Tap6 Unser Aventinus, Weisses Bräuhaus G.
Schneider & Sohn, Kelheim, Germany
Silver: Ladenburger Weizenbock hell, Brauerei Ladenburger, Neuler,
Germany
Bronze: Dunkler Weizenbock, Privatbrauerei Loncium,
Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria

Category 54: Belgian-Style Witbier
Gold: Witbier, Community Beer Co., Dallas, TX
Silver: Cheval Blanc, Les Brasseurs RJ, Montreal, Canada
Bronze: Gentleman’s Wit, Camden Town Brewery, London, United Kingdom

Category 55: French- and Belgian-Style Saison
Gold: Saison, Aspen Brewing Co., Aspen, CO
Silver: Temporis, Croce di Malto, Trecate, Italy
Bronze: TAPS Saison, TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Corona, Corona, CA

Category 56: Belgian- and French-Style Ale
Gold: Domaine DuPage, Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL
Silver: Ohana Saison Noir, Ohana Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA
Bronze: Barren Hill Biere De Extra, Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery,
Lafayette Hill, PA

Category 57: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale
Gold: Blonde Fatale, Peace Tree Brewing Co., Knoxville, IA
Silver: St. Stusan Belgian Style Pale Ale, Galaxy Brewing Co.,
Binghamton, NY
Bronze: Jean-Claude Van Blond, Wit’s End Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Category 58: Belgian-Style Sour Ale
Gold: Oude Kriek Boon, Brouwerij Boon, Lembeek, Belgium
Silver: Oude Geuze Oud Beersel, Oud Beersel, Brussels, Belgium
Bronze: Oude Geuze Boon, Brouwerij Boon, Lembeek, Belgium

Category 59: Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale
Gold: No Award
Silver: Oude Tart, The Bruery, Anaheim, CA
Bronze: Shadows of Their Eyes, The Rare Barrel, Berkeley, CA

Category 60: Belgian-Style Dubbel
Gold: Wäls Dubbel, Wäls Cervejaria, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Silver: Gerardus Wittems Kloosterbier Dubbel, Gulpener Bierbrouwerij,
Gulpen, Netherlands
Bronze: Brother David’s Double, Anderson Valley Brewing Co.,
Boonville, CA

Category 61: Belgian-Style Tripel
Gold: Candi Belgian Tripel, Dominion Brewing Co., Dover, DE
Silver: Steamworks Blitzen, Steamworks Brewing Co., Burnaby, Canada
Bronze: Delirium Tremens, Brouwerij Huyghe, Melle, Belgium

Category 62: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
Gold: Devil’s Thumb, Rock Bottom – Orland Park, Orland Park, IL
Silver: Deceit, Funkwerks, Fort Collins, CO
Bronze: Thor’s Hammer, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI

Category 63: Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
Gold: Hertog Jan Grand Prestige, Hertog Jan Brouwerij, Arcen,
Netherlands
Silver: 3rd Anniversary, Airways Brewing Co., Kent, WA
Bronze: 4 Swords Belgian Style Quad, Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Dallas,
TX

Category 64: Other Belgian-Style Ale
Gold: Cerasus, Logsdon Organic Farm Brewery, Hood River, OR
Silver: Wäls Quadruppel, Wäls Cervejaria, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Bronze: Golden Sabbath, Big Island Brewhaus, Kamuela, HI

Category 65: English-Style Mild Ale
Gold: Song In Your Heart, Discretion Brewing, Soquel, CA
Silver: Dirty Hippy, Triptych Brewing, Savoy, IL
Bronze: Bristlecone, Uinta Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT

Category 66: English-Style Summer Ale
Gold: Mother Lode Golden Ale, Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland, OR
Silver: Wild Swan, Thornbridge Brewery, Bakewell, United Kingdom
Bronze: Endeavor Vintage 2013 Growers Bright Ale, Endeavor Vintage
Beer, Macquarie Centre, Australia

Category 67: Ordinary or Special Bitter
Gold: Sawtooth Ale, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO
Silver: Lumberyard Red, Lumberyard Brewing Co., Flagstaff, AZ
Bronze: Butler’s Bitter, Niagara College Teaching Brewery,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Category 68: Classic English-Style Pale Ale
Gold: Audible Ale, Redhook Brewery, Woodinville, WA
Silver: Extra Pale Ale, Summit Brewing Co., Saint Paul, MN
Bronze: HopFish, Flying Fish Brewing Co., Somerdale, NJ

Category 69: Extra Special Bitter
Gold: Black Mesa ESB (Endless Skyway Bitter), Black Mesa Brewing
Co., Oklahoma City, OK
Silver: Queen’s Ale Extra Bitter Type, Hitejinro Co., Seoul, South
Korea
Bronze: The Wise ESB, Elysian Brewing Co., Seattle, WA

Category 70: English-Style India Pale Ale
Gold: Double Haul IPA, KettleHouse Brewing Co., Missoula, MT
Silver: Silverspot IPA, Pelican Brewery, Pacific City, OR
Bronze: Stormcloud, Rahr and Sons Brewing Co., Fort Worth, TX

Category 71: Scottish-Style Ale
Gold: Scottish Ale, Two Kilts Brewing Co., Sherwood, OR
Silver: Maxwell’s Scottish Ale, Rivertowne Brewing Co., Export, PA
Bronze: Kilt Lifter, Four Peaks Brewing Co., Tempe, AZ

Category 72: English-Style Brown Ale
Gold: Wind Walker Brown, 51 North Brewery, Lake Orion, MI
Silver: Nut Hatchet Nut Brown, Canal Park Brewing Co., Duluth, MN
Bronze: No Name, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs, CO

Category 73: Brown Porter
Gold: Ninja, Asheville Brewing Co., Asheville, NC
Silver: Out of Order Porter, Wind River Brewing Co., Pinedale, WY
Bronze: Chocolate Porter, Bayhawk Ales, Irvine, CA

Category 74: Robust Porter
Gold: Alexander Black, Alexander, Emek Hefer, Israel
Silver: Stoup Porter, Stoup Brewing, Seattle, WA
Bronze: Shallow Grave, Heretic Brewing Co., Fairfield, CA

Category 75: Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
Gold: L’Exploité, Brasseurs du Monde, St-Hyacinthe, Canada
Silver: Outlaw Milk Stout, Great Basin Brewing Co. – Reno, Reno, NV
Bronze: Cream Stout, Redwood Brewing Co., Flint, MI

Category 76: Oatmeal Stout
Gold: Sless’ Oatmeal Stout, Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, Fairfax,
CA
Silver: Pure Imagination, Verboten Brewing, Loveland, CO
Bronze: Beer for My Horses, Cazuelas Mexican Grill and Brewpub, Rio
Rancho, NM

Category 77: Scotch Ale
Gold: Wee Heavy, Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, MN
Silver: Heavy Red Horseman Scottish Style Ale, Apocalypse Ale Works,
Forest, VA
Bronze: Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta, GA

Category 78: British-Style Imperial Stout
Gold: Russian Imperial Stout, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant –
Media, Media, PA
Silver: Romanov Imperial Stout, Campbell Brewing Co., Campbell, CA
Bronze: Weapon of Self Destruction Imperial Stout, Riff Raff Brewing
Co., Pagosa Springs, CO

Category 79: Old Ale or Strong Ale
Gold: AleSmith Old Ale 2013, AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Silver: Irish Walker, Olde Hickory Brewery, Hickory, NC
Bronze: Pilgrim’s Dole, New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, MI

Category 80: Barley Wine-Style Ale
Gold: 2009 Old #1 Barley Wine, Scuttlebutt Brewing Co., Everett, WA
Silver: Old Scallywag, Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado, CA
Bronze: Johan the Barleywine, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Category 81: Irish-Style Red Ale
Gold: George Killian’s Irish Red, Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO
Silver: McLovin, Vintage Brewing Co., Madison, WI
Bronze: Paulie’s Not Irish Red, Old Town Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category 82: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
Gold: The Bomb Dry Stout, Moon River Brewing Co., Savannah, GA
Silver: The Pugilist, Societe Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Bronze: Blarney Sisters Dry Irish Stout, Third Street Aleworks,
Santa Rosa, CA

Category 83: Foreign-Style Stout
Gold: Black Rock Stout, Crossroads Brewing Co., Athens, NY
Silver: Whiteface Stout, Great Adirondack Brewing Co., Lake Placid,
NY
Bronze: Devil Dog Stout, Red Leg Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO

Category 84: Golden or Blonde Ale
Gold: Kiwanda Cream Ale, Pelican Brewery, Pacific City, OR
Silver: Alibi Blonde, Circle Brewing Co., Austin, TX
Bronze: Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, Mad River Brewing Co., Blue Lake,
CA

Category 85: American-Style Pale Ale
Gold: The Weight, Piece Brewery, Chicago, IL
Silver: Knotty Pine Pale Ale, Lumberyard Brewing Co., Flagstaff, AZ
Bronze: Featherweight Pale, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Category 86: American-Style Strong Pale Ale
Gold: Islander IPA, Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado, CA
Silver: Hops, Haven Brewing, Pasadena, CA
Bronze: Overboard IPA, Big Island Brewhaus, Kamuela, HI

Category 87: American-Style India Pale Ale
Gold: Hop, Drop ‘n Roll, NoDa Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC
Silver: Head Hunter, Fat Head’s Brewery, Middleburg Heights, OH
Bronze: Citrus Mistress, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Eugene, OR

Category 88: Imperial India Pale Ale
Gold: 2 x 4, Melvin Brewing, Jackson, WY
Silver: Astillero, Cerveceria Agua Mala, Ensenada, Mexico
Bronze: Hop 15, Port Brewing Co., San Marcos, CA

Category 89: American-Style Amber/Red Ale
Gold: Runoff, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO
Silver: Shark Bite Red, Pizza Port – Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad, CA
Bronze: AmberElla, Eight Degrees Brewing Co., Mitchelstown, Ireland

Category 90: Imperial Red Ale
Gold: Uncle Rusty, Columbus Brewing Co., Columbus, OH
Silver: Bonehead, Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, North Olmsted, OH
Bronze: Tyrant Double Red, Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, NC

Category 91: American-Style Brown Ale
Gold: Bonfire Brown Ale, Saugatuck Brewing Co., Douglas, MI
Silver: Davy Brown Ale, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. – Buellton,
Buellton, CA
Bronze: Bitch Creek ESB, Grand Teton Brewing, Victor, ID

Category 92: American-Style Black Ale
Gold: Turmoil, Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Baker City, OR
Silver: Once You Go, Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Raleigh, NC
Bronze: Wookey Jack, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Category 93: American-Style Stout
Gold: The Defender, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago, IL
Silver: Happy Ending, SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA
Bronze: Power to the People, 10 Barrel Brewing – Boise Pub, Boise,
ID

Category 94: American-Style Imperial Stout
Gold: Black Flag Imperial Stout, Beer Valley Brewing Co., Ontario,
OR
Silver: Block & Tackle Stout, Chetco Brewing Co., Brookings, OR
Bronze: Beelzebub, The Alchemist, Waterbury, VT

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Champion Brewery and Brewer Awards

Small Brewpub
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Media, Media, PA
Iron Hill Brewery Team
World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster

Small Brewing Company
Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR
Darron Welch & Steve Panos
World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster

Mid-Size Brewing Company
Coronado Brewing Company, Coronado, CA
Coronado Brewing Company
World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster

Large Brewpub
Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka, KS
John Dean
World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster

Large Brewing Company
Coors Brewing Company, Golden, CO
Dr. David Ryder