12 April 2010

Local Winners in World Beer Cup

Congratulations are in order to Heavy Seas Beer, who won a Gold for its Heavy Seas Gold in the Golden or Blonde Ale category (beating out 49 other entries), a Bronze for its Heavy Seas Pale Ale in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale (out of 29 entries), and a Bronze in Vienna-Style Lager (28 entries) for its Heavy Seas Marzen (formerly BaltoMarzHon).

There's a local tie-in to the Small Brewpub of the Year Award to Devil's Backbone Brewery of Roseland, Va., whose brewer, Jason Oliver, is a former veteran of the Wharf Rat/Oliver's Brewery (and ironically, the brewery was not named after him, as we all know).

Brewer's Alley in Frederick won a Silver for its IPA in the "English-Style India Pale Ale" category (32 entries);  Flying Dog of Frederick won a Silver in Aged Beer for its 2007 Gonzo Imperial Porter (20 entries);
Rock Bottom of Bethesda took a Gold for its Highland Courage in Scottish-Style Ale (29 entries).

From the press release:

This year, 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. states vied for awards with 3,330 beers entered in 90 beer style categories. The entries in each category were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards. Judges presented a total of 268 awards.
The 2010 World Beer Cup eclipsed the record of the Brewers Association's own Great American Beer Festival (GABF) to become the largest commercial competition ever. There were 3,308 entries judged in the 2009 GABF, compared to the 2010 World Beer Cup's 3,330 entries judged.

Look over the list of winners here.

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