Virginia Craft Brewers Award Winners

Posted by  Hamilton Riley   in  Events     2 years ago     869 Views     Comments Off on Virginia Craft Brewers Award Winners  

Moved up a few days, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild gave out the Commonwealth’s biggest hardware of the year, and for a 2nd straight year, a first time overall champion is crowned. James River Brewing Company, who won a gold for their Fluvanna Fluss Hefeweizen last year, broke through and won First Place Best of Show with their River Runner ESB. The overall Second Place Best In Show went to Old Bust Head for their Oktoberfest, and Backroom Brewery won Third Place Best In Show with their Lemon Basil Wheat Beer. Here is the complete list of winners and we can’t wait to try these guys on Saturday:

Best of Show
First Place Best of Show: James River Brewery — River Runner ESB
Second Place Best of Show: Old Bust Head Brewing Company — Oktoberfest
Third Place Best of Show: Backroom Brewery — Lemon Basil Wheat Beer

Light American Beer
First: Beer Hound Brewery – Olde Yella
Second: Wolf Hills Brewing Company — Carry on Wheatward Sun
Third: Beer Hound Brewery — Teddy

Czech Lager
First: Port City Brewing Company — Downright Pilsner
Second: Lost Rhino Brewing Company — Rhino Chasers Pilsner
Third: Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery — Pony Pasture Pilsner

Munich Lager
First: Fair Winds Brewing Company — Hells Navigator
Second: Three Notch’d Brewing Company — Brew Betties Maibock
Third: South Street Brewery — My Personal Helles

First: Mad Fox Brewing Company — Kolsch Ale
Second: Ornery Beer Company — Kolsch
Third: Bull and Bones Brewhaus — Kolsch

German Pils and International Lager
First: Sunken City Brewing Company — Dam Lager
Second: Back Bay Brewing Company — Gringo
Third: Escutcheon Brewing Company — John Riggins’ 4th & 1 Pilsner

Marzen and Vienna Lager
First: Old Bust Head Brewing Company — Oktoberfest
Second: Starr Hill Brewery — Jomo
Third: Caboose Brewing Company — Crossroads Vienna Lager

German Wheat Beer
First: Lost Rhino Brewing Company — Final Glide HefeWeizen
Second: Starr Hill Brewery — The Love
Third: River Company Brewery — Farmhouse Hefeweizen

British Bitter
First    James River Brewery    River Runner ESB
Second    Lake Anne Brew House    Lord Fairfax English Pale Ale
Third    Port City Brewing Company    Monumental IPA

Old Ale and Wee Heavy
First: Backroom Brewery — The Ferminator
Second: Heritage Brewing Company — King’s Mountain
Third: Redbeard Brewing Company — 221B Baker Brown

Darker European Beer
First: Ardent Craft Ales — Schwarzbier
Second: Big Ugly Brewing Company — Ghost Rider Porter
Third: Bull and Bones Brewhaus — Appalachia Alt

British Dark Ale
First: Pleasure House Brewing — No Waves
Second: Midnight Brewery — Not My Job
Third: Three Notch’d Brewing Company — No Veto Brown Ale

Irish Red Ale
First: Dirt Farm Brewing — Red Meri
Second: Pale Fire Brewing Company — Red Molly
Third: Capitol City Brewing Company — Irish Red Ale

Irish Stout
First: Backroom Brewery — Oatmeal Stout
Second: Final Gravity Brewing Company — Irish Goodbye
Third: Old 690 Brewing Company — Old 690 Chocolate Milk Stout

American Blonde and Brown Ale
First: Caboose Brewing Company — Caboose Brown Ale
Second: Castleburg Brewery and Taproom — Bishop’s Brown Ale
Third: Legend Brewing Company — Brown Ale

American Pale Ale
First: Pro Re Nata Brewing Company — Old Trail Pale Ale
Second: Three Notch’d Brewing Company — Ghost of the 43rd Pale Ale
Third: Beltway Brewing Company — Rain or Shine

American Amber Ale
First: Final Gravity Brewing Company — Fire Station 5
Second: O’Connor Brewing Company — Red Nun Red Ale
Third: Lake Anne Brew House — Reston Red

American Dark Ale
First: Old Ox Brewery — Black Ox
Second: Sunken City Brewing Company  — The Columbian Coffee Stout
Third: Port City Brewing Company — Porter

American IPA
First: The Answer — Larceny
Second: Fair Winds Brewing Company — Howling Gale IPA
Third: Old Ox Brewery — Hoppy Place

Specialty IPA
First: Sunken City Brewing Company — Red Clay IPA
Second: Lost Rhino Brewing Company — Dawn Patrol Session IPA
Third: Parkway Brewing Company — Factory Girl Session IPA

Double IPA
First: Final Gravity Brewing Company — Venus Rising
Second: Pale Fire Brewing Company — Village Green
Third: Final Gravity Brewing Company — The Message

Strong Ale
First: Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery — Virginia Black Bear
Second: Triple Crosssing Brewing Company  — Black Dolphin
Third: Studio Brew — Czardust

Belgian Blond and Saison
First: The Bold Mariner Brewing Company — Scurvy Dog
Second: The Virginia Beer Company — Saison Tournante
Third: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery — Singel

Sour European Ale
First: Strangeways Brewing — Uberlin Berliner Weisse
Second: Ornery Beer Company — Go Go Gose
Third: Corcoran Brewing — Life Gose Round

Belgian Wit, Pale Ale and Biere de Garde
First: Starr Hill Brewing Company — Sublime
Second: Bull and Bones Brewhaus — Sun Lit Wit
Third: Reaver Beach Brewing Company — Full Broadside

Strong Belgian Ale
First: Apocalypse Ale Works — Brohead Fred
Second: Garden Grove Brewing Company — Death
Third: Chaos Mountain Brewing — Agents of Chaos

Wild Yeast Specialty Beer
First: Triple Crossing Brewing Company — Brett Saison Annivesary Ale
Second: Reaver Beach Brewing Company — Reaver’s Salvation
Third: Reaver Beach Brewing Company — Reaver en Noir

Fruit Beer
First: The Answer — Mami Cereza
Second: Midnight Brewer — Watermelon Lime Kolsch
Third: Big Ugly Brewing Company — Mango Rockers IPA

Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer
First: Backroom Brewery — Lemon Basil Wheat Beer
Second: Beer Hound Brewery — Snots
Third: Steam Bell Beer Works — Tiramisu Stout

Specialty and Experimental Beers
First: Parkway Brewing Company — Floyd Fest Hi-Test
Second: South Street Brewery — Peanut Butter Cup Soft-Serv
Third: Fair Winds Brewing Company — Sirens Lure

Smoked or Wood-Aged Beer
First: Legend Brewing Company — Bourbon Barrel Brown
Second: Adventure Brewing Company — 2nd Anniversary Barleywine
Third: Ardent Craft Ales — Boubon Barrel Aged Honey Ginger


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