The celebration of Oktoberfest is coming back to Kent, featuring an abundance of music, food, and beer.
Celebrate German beer, food, and culture at Main Street Kent’s Oktoberfest! This year’s festival brought the spirit of Germany to downtown Kent with a variety of exciting activities. From dancing and music to food trucks and, of course, beer, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
The festival featured beer trucks from Kent’s three local breweries: Bell Tower Brewing Co., MadCap Brew Co., and North Water Brewing. Each brewery offered a unique beer alongside the delicious Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen beer from German brewer Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu. Beer lovers had the opportunity to sample a wide range of brews from both local and international sources.
In addition to the great beer selection, local eateries joined in the celebration by serving specially prepared German food and local treats. Restaurants such as Erie Street Kitchen, the Pierogi Lady, and Daisy Pops showcased their culinary skills and provided festival-goers with a taste of Germany. The Kent Fire Department also participated in the festivities, selling food as a department fundraiser. All products were generously donated by Giant Eagle.
Live entertainment added to the lively atmosphere of the festival, with performances taking place at the Hometown Bank Plaza throughout the day. One highlight of the day was the German Family Society Youth Dancers, who showcased their impressive dance skills and brought a touch of traditional German culture to the event.
Overall, Oktoberfest in Kent was a fantastic celebration of German culture, food, and, of course, beer. The festival allowed attendees to immerse themselves in the spirit of Germany right in the heart of downtown Kent. With dancing, music, delicious food, and a variety of beers to sample, it was a day filled with fun for all. We can’t wait for next year’s Oktoberfest to come around again!
The Great American Beer Festival, held annually in Denver, Colorado, has come to a close. This highly anticipated event brings together brewers from all over the United States for a weekend of beer-filled fun. Organized by The Brewers Association, the festival also serves as the home of the largest professional beer competition in the country.
This year, the GABF awarded an impressive total of 303 medals to 263 breweries. With beers spanning across an astounding 99 different categories and 175 beer styles, there was something for everyone to enjoy. The judging process was rigorous, with 250 beer experts from 10 different countries evaluating the entries over a span of nine days.
The sheer number of entries into this year’s competition was staggering, with a total of 9,268 different beers representing all 50 states, as well as Washington DC and Puerto Rico. It truly was a celebration of the diversity and creativity of the American craft beer scene.
In its 37th year, the GABF saw 325 breweries enter the competition for the first time. Among these newcomers, 16 breweries walked away with their very first GABF medals, marking a significant milestone in their brewing careers.
The most popular category this year, as it often is, was IPA (India Pale Ale) related. The Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale category had an astounding 365 entries. The top prize in this category went to Away Days, an IPA brewed by 1852 Brew Co. in Visalia, California. Second place went to Juicy Mid-Tones from Corn Coast Brewing in Lincoln, NE, and the bronze medal was awarded to Make It Rain by Side Hustle Brewing in Hilton Head Island, SC.
But what about the other winners? Here’s a rundown of the gold medal winners in some of the different categories:
– American Wheat Beer: Sunsphere by Balter Beerworks in Knoxville, TN
– American Fruit Beer: Street Cart by Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA
– Fruit Wheat Beer: Guava Cart by Golden Road Brewing in Huntington Beach, CA
– Field Beer: King of Carrot Flowers by Ratio Beerworks in Denver, CO
– Pumpkin Beer: Pumpkin Ale by Blackstone Brewing Co. in Nashville, TN
– Chili Beer: Chilis from the Grave by Family Business Beer Co. in Dripping Springs, TX
– Herb and Spice Beer: Chai Eye Captain by Third Eye Brewing Co. in Sharonville, OH
– Chocolate Beer: Double Astral by Third Eye Brewing Co. in Sharonville, OH
– Coffee Beer: Cuppa Joe Coffee Brown Ale by Kulshan Brewing Co. in Bellingham, WA
– Coffee Stout or Porter: Lil Zoomie by Brink Brewing Co. in Cincinnati, OH
– Dessert Stout or Pastry Stout: Board Meeting by Corporate Ladder Brewing Co. in Palmetto, FL
These are just a few of the many winners at this year’s Great American Beer Festival. The event continues to showcase the incredible talent and innovation within the craft beer industry. Congratulations to all the winners and cheers to another successful year!
Craft beer lovers rejoice! The winners of the 2021 Great American Beer Festival have been announced, and there are some truly exceptional brews to try. With over 100 categories, there is something for everyone’s taste. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the winners.
In the S’mores Edition category, the bronze medal went to Chaos Grid: The Final Final Course by Modern Times Beer in San Diego, CA. This delicious brew combines the flavors of chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker for a nostalgic camping treat in beer form.
Category 12, Rye Beers, saw a gold medal win for No. 68 Red Lager by The Freehouse in Minneapolis, MN. This rye-infused lager brings a spicy kick to the traditional red ale, making for a unique and flavorful experience.
If you’re looking for something sweeter, the gold medal-winning Smashing Honey Blonde by Hoppin’ Frog Brewing in Akron, OH is a must-try. This honey beer perfectly balances the sweetness of honey with a crisp and refreshing finish.
For those seeking a non-alcoholic option, Karbach Brewing Co. in Houston, TX took home the gold in the Non-Alcohol Beer category with their Free & Easy Belgian-Style White. This brew offers all the classic flavors of a Belgian-style ale without the alcohol content.
Session beers are always a hit, and The Big Friendly in Oklahoma City, OK snagged the gold medal in the Session Beer or Belgian-Style Table Beer category with Oblique & Bent. This easy-drinking beer is perfect for a day of leisurely sipping.
Strong Porter lovers will be pleased to know that Ballast Point Brewing Co. – Little Italy in San Diego, CA won gold in the Strong Porter category with their Barometer Drop. This robust and full-bodied brew is sure to satisfy even the most discerning porter aficionado.
In the Experimental India Pale Ale category, the gold medal went to Belching Beaver Brewery – Oceanside Brewhouse in Oceanside, CA for their Tropical Terps IPA. This IPA pushes the boundaries with tropical flavors, creating a unique and enjoyable drinking experience.
Wood-aged beer enthusiasts will be delighted by the gold-winning Soul Shakedown Party by Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis, IN in the Experimental Wood-Aged Beer category. This beer is aged in barrels to develop rich and complex flavors, making it a true standout.
These are just a few of the winners from this year’s Great American Beer Festival. With so many incredible craft beers to choose from, it’s never been a better time to be a beer lover. So grab a pint, explore new flavors, and cheers to the creativity and craftsmanship of the brewing industry!
Craft Beer Awards: Celebrating Excellence in Brewing
Craft beer has taken the world by storm, with breweries across the globe producing unique and flavorful brews that delight both casual drinkers and beer connoisseurs alike. One of the most prestigious events in the craft beer industry is the Craft Beer Awards, an annual competition that recognizes the best beers in various categories.
This year’s awards featured an impressive lineup of entries, each vying for the top spot in their respective categories. From wood- and barrel-aged beers to light lagers and pilseners, the competition was fierce, but only a select few could claim the coveted gold medal.
In the wood- and barrel-aged strong beer category, the gold medal went to Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Atom Smasher from Rock Bottom Brewery – Bethesda in Bethesda, MD. This beer impressed the judges with its complex flavors and smooth finish. Taking home the silver was 1314 from Black Tooth Brewing Co. in Sheridan, WY, while Amaro Barrel Aged Barleywine from pFriem Cascade Locks Barrelhouse in Cascade Locks, OR, secured the bronze.
Moving on to the wood- and barrel-aged strong stout category, Breakside Brewery – NW Slabtown in Portland, OR, took home the gold for their beer The Trappings and the Suits of Woe. This rich and velvety stout wowed the judges with its depth of flavor. The silver medal was awarded to Black Market Liver from Windmills Brewery & Restaurant in The Colony, TX, and the bronze went to Barrel Aged Count Chungus from Werk Force Brewing Co. in Plainfield, IL.
In the wood- and barrel-aged sour beer category, Nashville, TN’s Barrique Brewing & Blending took home the gold for their Wet Hop Strata (2023). This beer impressed the judges with its tartness and complex flavor profile. True Anomaly Brewing Co. in Houston, TX, secured the silver with their beer Sea of Waves, while MAP Brewing Co. in Bozeman, MT, claimed the bronze with their brew Speedy G.
Moving on to the fruited wood- and barrel-aged sour beer category, I Don’t Want to Wait from 1840 Brewing Co. in Milwaukee, WI, took home the gold. This beer wowed the judges with its fruity notes and perfectly balanced acidity. Blue Mountain Barrel House in Arrington, VA, secured the silver with their beer Passionfruit on Acid, while HiDef Brewing Co. in Los Angeles, CA, claimed the bronze with their brew Spring Reverb.
The competition continued with categories such as Kellerbier or Zwickelbier, Smoke Beer, Light Lager, American-Style Lager, and Contemporary American-Style Lager, among others. Each category had its own set of standout beers, each with their own unique flavor profiles and brewing techniques.
The Craft Beer Awards is not only a celebration of the craft beer industry but also an opportunity for breweries to showcase their skill and craftsmanship. With hundreds of entries and expert judges evaluating each beer, the competition is fierce but fair.
Craft beer enthusiasts eagerly await the results of the Craft Beer Awards each year, as they provide a valuable guide to the finest brews on the market. Whether you’re a fan of hoppy IPAs, smooth stouts, or refreshing lagers, there’s sure to be a winning beer that suits your taste.
So raise your glass and join in the celebration of excellence in brewing. Cheers to the winners of this year’s Craft Beer Awards, and here’s to many more years of exceptional craft beer!
Craft Beer Awards: Recognizing the Best Beers in the Industry
Craft beer has become a booming industry with breweries popping up all over the country. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming for beer enthusiasts to know which ones are truly exceptional. That’s where the Craft Beer Awards come in. This annual competition brings together some of the best breweries in the country to showcase their finest brews.
One category that always garners a lot of attention is German-Style Maerzen. This year, Seedstock Brewery from Denver, Colorado took home the gold medal with their Maerzen. With its rich maltiness and smooth finish, this beer truly embodies the traditional German style. Big Grove Brewery & Taproom from Iowa City, IA and Golden Road Brewing from Los Angeles, CA also secured silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Another highly competitive category is German Dark Lager. Liquid Gravity Brewing Co. from San Luis Obispo, CA proved themselves worthy of the gold medal with their Goodnight Munich. This beer boasts a deep, roasted flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. Red Leg Brewing Co. from Colorado Springs, CO and Silver Reef Brewing Co. from Saint George, UT were awarded the silver and bronze medals.
The International Dark Lager category showcased some unique and flavorful beers. Rock Solid Brewing Co. from Ball Ground, GA took home the gold with their Midnight Trucker. This beer offers a smooth and malty taste with just a touch of sweetness. Copper Furrow Brewing from Helena, MT and Brieux Carré Brewing Co. from New Orleans, LA rounded out the category with silver and bronze medals.
Moving on to the Bock category, Bankhead Brewing Co. from Rowlett, TX claimed the gold with their Hootenanny. This beer is a traditional bock with a twist, showcasing flavors of caramel and toffee. Rip Current Brewing from San Marcos, CA and Metazoa Brewing Co. from Indianapolis, IN followed closely with silver and bronze medals.
For fans of strong, rich beers, the German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock category did not disappoint. Resolute Brewing Co. from Centennial, CO took home the gold with their Execrator. This beer is full-bodied with complex flavors of dark fruit and caramel. Deschutes Brewery & Public House from Portland, OR and Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. from Hawley, PA earned the silver and bronze medals.
The Craft Beer Awards also recognize lighter, more sessionable beers such as Golden or Blonde Ale. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. from Houston, TX won the gold with their Fancy Lawnmower Beer. This ale is crisp and refreshing with a touch of citrus. Sun King Brewery from Indianapolis, IN and Hutton & Smith Brewing Co. from Chattanooga, TN claimed the silver and bronze medals.
In the German-Style Koelsch category, Bear Chase Brewing Co. from Bluemont, VA secured the gold with their Kodiak Kolsch. This beer has a delicate balance of malt sweetness and fruity esters, making it an easy-drinking favorite. New Terrain Brewing Co. from Golden, CO and Real Ale Brewing Co. from Blanco, TX received recognition with silver and bronze medals.
Moving on to English Ale, Saint Arnold Brewing Co. from Houston, TX earned the gold with their Elissa IPA. This beer showcases a perfect balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness, creating a harmonious drinking experience. 1849 Brewing Co. from Grass Valley, CA and Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. from Helena, MT took home silver and bronze medals.
The Craft Beer Awards also recognizes the growing popularity of pale ales. In the International-Style Pale Ale category, Highland Park Brewery from Los Angeles, CA claimed the gold with their Hand of Josh. This hop-forward beer boasts flavors of tropical fruit and citrus. Burgeon Beer Co. from Carlsbad, CA and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. from Marina del Rey, CA secured silver and bronze medals.
For those who appreciate the bold flavors of New Zealand hops, the New Zealand India Pale Ale category is a must-try. Rhinegeist Innovation Brewery from Cincinnati, OH won gold with their Kiwi (The Bird) IPA. This beer is bursting with notes of tropical fruit and citrus, showcasing the unique characteristics of New Zealand hops. Westbound & Down Brewing Co. from Lafayette, CO and Russian River Brewing Co. from Santa Rosa, CA rounded out the category with silver and bronze medals.
American-Style Pale Ale is another popular category in the craft beer world. Cannonball Creek Brewing Co. from Golden, CO claimed the gold with their Featherweight. This beer is light and crisp with flavors of citrus and pine. Outlaw Brewing Co. from Bozeman, MT and Docent Brewing from San Juan Capistrano, CA earned silver and bronze medals.
One of the most exciting categories is the Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale. New Belgium Brewing Co. from San Francisco, CA won the gold with their Cloudy Joose. This hazy beer is bursting with tropical fruit flavors and a silky smooth mouthfeel. Kane Brewing Co. from Ocean, NJ and MORE Brewing Co. from Huntley, IL secured silver and bronze medals.
For fans of stronger pale ales, the American-Style Strong Pale Ale category showcased some exceptional brews. Alvarado Street Brewery & Bistro from Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA claimed the gold with their Mai Tai. This beer combines juicy tropical hops with a crisp and clean finish. Unsung Brewing Co. from Tustin, CA and Liquid Gravity Brewing Co. from San Luis Obispo, CA received silver and bronze medals.
The Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale category continues to grow in popularity, and this year’s winners did not disappoint. TapRoom Beer Co. from San Diego, CA took home the gold with their PB Haze. This beer combines the flavors of peanut butter and jelly with a hazy and smooth texture. Corn Coast Brewing Co. from Lincoln, NE and Flix Brewhouse from Albuquerque, NM rounded out the category with silver and bronze medals.
When it comes to hop-forward beers, American-Style India Pale Ale is the category to watch. Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon from North Olmsted, OH earned the gold with their Head Hunter IPA. This beer is full of citrus and pine flavors, making it a hop lover’s dream. Breakside Brewery & Taproom from Milwaukie, OR and Three Mile Brewing Co. from Davis, CA secured silver and bronze medals.
The Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale category showcased the vibrant and fruity flavors of these popular beers. 1852 Brew Co. from Visalia, CA won the gold with their Away Days IPA. This beer is bursting with tropical fruit and citrus notes, making it a juicy delight. Corn Coast Brewing Co. from Lincoln, NE and Side Hustle Brewing Co. from Hilton Head Island, SC followed closely with silver and bronze medals.
For those who appreciate the classic West Coast-style IPAs, the West Coast-Style India Pale Ale category delivered. Westbound & Down Brewing Co. from Idaho Springs, CO claimed the gold with their Westbound Select IPA. This beer is bold and bitter with a piney and resinous finish. Slice Beer Co. from Lincoln, CA and Uprise Brewing Co. from Spokane, WA took home silver and bronze medals.
Lastly, the competition recognized the big and bold Imperial India Pale Ale category. Claremont Craft Ales from Claremont, CA secured the gold with their Triple IPA. This beer is packed with hop flavors and a balanced sweetness, creating a truly exceptional experience. Liquid Gravity Brewing Co. from San Luis Obispo, CA and The Lost Abbey from San Marcos, CA earned silver and bronze medals.
These are just a few of the many exceptional beers that were recognized at the Craft Beer Awards. With so many talented breweries pushing the boundaries of flavor and innovation, the craft beer industry continues to thrive. Whether you’re a fan of hoppy IPAs or malty dark lagers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the ever-growing world of craft beer. So, next time you’re at your local brewery or beer shop, be sure to keep an eye out for these award-winning brews. Cheers to great beer!
Craft beer enthusiasts, rejoice! The winners of this year’s Double MO7 competition have been announced, and the results are sure to please hop heads and ale aficionados alike. With over 135 entries in the Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale category alone, the competition was fierce, but three breweries emerged victorious.
Taking home the gold medal is Highland Park Brewery from Los Angeles, CA, with their DDH Pillow. This hazy IPA offers a juicy explosion of flavors, with notes of tropical fruit and citrus dancing on the palate. It’s no surprise that DDH Pillow came out on top in such a competitive category.
Coming in second place is North Park Beer Co. from San Diego, CA, with their X-Raying Flowers. This beer combines the best of both worlds, with the hazy appearance of a New England IPA and the hop-forward bitterness of a West Coast IPA. It’s a truly unique take on the style, and a well-deserved silver medal.
Rounding out the top three is Wren House Brewing Co. from Phoenix, AZ, with their Blue Quad Roller Skates. This Juicy or Hazy Imperial IPA showcases the brewery’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of flavor. The combination of tropical fruit and citrus with a smooth, velvety mouthfeel is a winning formula.
Moving on to the American Amber/Red Ale category, the gold medal goes to Knuckle Puck Brewing from Longmont, CO, for their Blown Tire. This beer is a true showcase of the style, with a perfect balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. It’s an easy-drinking ale that’s sure to please any fan of the style.
In second place is Sound2Summit Brewery from Snohomish, WA, with their Night Sky Red Ale. With its deep amber color and rich malt profile, this beer is a stand-out in the category. The addition of American hops adds a subtle citrus note that keeps things interesting.
Taking home the bronze medal is Georgia Beer Co. from Valdosta, GA, with their Azalea City Amber. This beer captures the essence of the South with its smooth malt backbone and hints of caramel and toffee. It’s a true taste of Georgia in a glass.
Moving on to the Strong Red Ale category, the gold medal goes to Bootstrap Brewing from Longmont, CO, for their Wreak Havoc. This beer lives up to its name, with a bold flavor profile that’s bursting with caramel and toasty malt notes. The addition of American hops adds a nice bitterness that balances out the sweetness.
In second place is Cloudburst Brewing from Seattle, WA, with their Say Hi To Your Dad For Me. This beer is a true powerhouse, with a rich, malty backbone and a warming alcohol presence. It’s a beer that demands attention and is perfect for sipping on a cold winter night.
Rounding out the top three is Half Batch Brewing from Hendersonville, TN, with their Contemplation Time. This beer is a study in balance, with a complex malt profile that’s complemented by a subtle hop bitterness. It’s a beer that’s perfect for those moments of quiet reflection.
Moving on to the English Mild or Bitter category, the gold medal goes to Left Hand Brewing Co. from Longmont, CO, for their Sawtooth Ale. This beer is a classic example of the style, with a smooth, malty backbone and a subtle hop presence. It’s a true taste of England in a glass.
In second place is The Brew Brothers – Eldorado Scioto Downs Racino from Columbus, OH, with their Toasty. This beer is a true crowd-pleaser, with its rich caramel notes and hints of biscuit. It’s a beer that’s perfect for enjoying with friends and good conversation.
Taking home the bronze medal is Gusto Brewing Co. from North Cape May, NJ, with their Good Talk. This beer is a true testament to the English brewing tradition, with its subtle malt character and crisp finish. It’s a beer that’s perfect for enjoying a pint at the local pub.
Moving on to the Extra Special Bitter category, the gold medal goes to Hopworks Urban Brewery from Portland, OR, for their Velvet ESB. This beer is a true standout in the category, with its rich malt profile and balanced hop bitterness. It’s a beer that’s perfect for those who appreciate a classic English ale.
In second place is Lumberyard Brewing Co. – Taproom & Grille from Flagstaff, AZ, with their Railhead Red. This beer is a true taste of Arizona, with its smooth malt backbone and subtle hop presence. It’s a beer that’s perfect for enjoying after a long day on the trail.
Rounding out the top three is Wren House Brewing Co. from Phoenix, AZ, with their Hooks & Dun. This beer is a showcase of the brewery’s commitment to quality, with its complex malt profile and balanced hop bitterness. It’s a beer that’s sure to please any fan of the style.
Moving on to the Scottish-Style Ale category, the gold medal goes to Metazoa Brewing Co. from Indianapolis, IN, for their William Walrus. This beer is a true tribute to the Scottish brewing tradition, with its rich malt character and subtle smokiness. It’s a beer that’s perfect for enjoying by the fireside.
In second place is Bristol Brewing Co. from Colorado Springs, CO, with their Laughing Lab Scottish Ale. This beer is a true crowd-pleaser, with its smooth malt profile and hints of caramel. It’s a beer that’s perfect for those who appreciate a classic Scottish ale.
Taking home the bronze medal is Beachwood Brewing – Huntington Beach from Huntington Beach, CA, with their Glenlongbeach. This beer is a true taste of California, with its smooth malt backbone and hints of citrus. It’s a beer that’s perfect for enjoying on a sunny day at the beach.
Moving on to the Irish-Style Red Ale category, the gold medal goes to Barley Naked Brewing Co. from Stafford, VA, for their Rock Hill Irish Red. This beer is a true representation of the style, with its rich, caramel malt character and subtle hop presence. It’s a beer that’s perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
In second place is Inside the Five Brewing Co. from Sylvania, OH, with their Megaphone. This beer is a true crowd-pleaser, with its smooth malt profile and hints of toffee. It’s a beer that’s perfect for enjoying with friends and good conversation.
Rounding out the top three is Orange Hat Brewing Co. from Knoxville, TN, with their Engine 402. This beer is a true taste of Tennessee, with its smooth malt backbone and hints of biscuit. It’s a beer that’s perfect for enjoying with some good ol’ Southern barbecue.
Moving on to the English-Style Brown Ale category, the gold medal goes to Agile Brewing from Baton Rouge, LA, for their Classic Version. This beer is a true representation of the style, with its smooth malt profile and subtle hop presence. It’s a beer that’s perfect for enjoying on a cool fall evening.
In second place is Seventh Son Brewing Co. from Columbus, OH, with their Stone Fort. This beer is a true crowd-pleaser, with its rich malt character and hints of chocolate. It’s a beer that’s perfect for enjoying by the fireside.
Taking home the bronze medal is AleSmith Brewing Co. from San Diego, CA, with their Nut Brown. This beer is a true taste of California, with its smooth malt backbone and hints of hazelnut. It’s a beer that’s perfect for enjoying with some good ol’ West Coast cuisine.
Moving on to the American-Style Brown Ale category, the gold medal goes to Institution Ale Co. from Camarillo, CA, for their Restraint. This beer is a true standout, with its rich malt profile and balanced hop bitterness. It’s a beer that’s perfect for those who appreciate a classic American ale.
In second place is Falling Sky Brewing from Eugene, OR, with their Upside Brown Ale. This beer is a true crowd-pleaser, with its smooth malt profile and hints of coffee and chocolate. It’s a beer that’s perfect for enjoying with friends and good conversation.
Rounding out the top three is Docent Brewing from San Juan Capistrano, CA, with their Trabuco. This beer is a showcase of the brewery’s commitment to quality, with its complex malt profile and balanced hop bitterness. It’s a beer that’s sure to please any fan of the style.
Moving on to the American Black Ale or American Stout category, the gold medal goes to Breakside Brewery from Portland, OR, for their Breakside Cheat Codes. This beer is a true standout in the category, with its rich, roasted malt character and balanced hop bitterness. It’s a beer that’s perfect for those who appreciate a dark and complex brew.
In second place is Beachwood Brewing – Long Beach from Long Beach, CA, with their Hoppa Emeritus. This beer is a true crowd-pleaser, with its smooth malt profile and hints of caramel. It’s a beer that’s perfect for those who enjoy a hop-forward stout.
Taking home the bronze medal is Tustin Brewing Co. from Tustin, CA, with their Midnight Oil. This beer is a true taste of Southern California, with its rich coffee and chocolate notes. It’s a beer that’s perfect for those late nights by the beach.
Moving on to the German Sour Ale category, the gold medal goes to 10 Barrel Brewing Co. – Bend Pub from Bend, OR, for their Riviera. This beer is a true standout in the category, with its tart and refreshing flavor profile. It’s a beer that’s perfect for those hot summer days.
In second place is Narrow Path Brewing Co. from Loveland, OH, with their Restless Seas Gose. This beer is a true crowd-pleaser, with
Craft beer lovers, get ready to indulge in the winners of the prestigious CO Bronze competition! With a wide range of categories and entries from across the country, this competition truly showcases the best of the best in the craft beer industry.
In the category of Belgian-Style Sour Ale, the gold medal went to Autumn Arch Beer Project’s “All the Love You Won’t Forget” from Newark, DE. This unique sour ale is sure to tantalize your taste buds with its complex flavors and refreshing tartness. The silver medal went to “Earth & Aether” from Noble Creature Wild Ales & Lagers in Youngstown, OH, while Angel City Brewery’s “Trois Années Cuvée” from Los Angeles, CA took home the bronze.
Moving on to the Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale category, the gold medal was awarded to Evans Brewing Co.’s “Quadrupel Donker” from Corona, CA. This rich and robust beer is the perfect balance of malty sweetness and bold flavors. Redwood Brewing Co.’s “Thor’s Hammer” from Flint, MI took silver, followed by The Tap Brewery’s “Delta Quadrant” from Bloomington, IN with the bronze.
In the Belgian-Style Abbey Ale category, the gold medal went to Allagash Brewing Co.’s “Tripel” from Portland, ME. This classic Belgian ale is known for its fruity and spicy notes, making it a crowd-pleaser among beer enthusiasts. Attic Brewing Co.’s “Over There” from Philadelphia, PA won silver, while Apogee Brewing Co.’s “Hubble Dubbel” from Grover Beach, CA received the bronze.
For those who prefer a fruity twist in their beers, the Belgian Fruit Beer category did not disappoint. pFriem Cascade Locks Barrelhouse’s “Frambozen” from Cascade Locks, OR took the gold with its luscious raspberry flavor. Avery Brewing Co.’s “Island Rascal” from Boulder, CO won silver, and Alesong Brewing & Blending’s “Raspberry Parliament” from Eugene, OR secured the bronze.
Moving on to the darker side of beer, the Brown Porter category showcased some truly exceptional brews. Logboat Brewing Co.’s “Dark Matter Porter” from Columbia, MO took gold with its rich and smooth flavors. Coppertail Brewing Co.’s “Night Swim” from Tampa, FL secured silver, while Bend Brewing Co.’s “Old Normal” from Bend, OR earned the bronze.
If you prefer a bolder and more robust brew, the Robust Porter category has got you covered. Rock Bottom Brewery – Denver’s “Foggy London Town” from Denver, CO won gold with its complex blend of flavors. Reuben’s Brews – Production Brewery’s “Robust Porter” from Seattle, WA took silver, and Second Chance Beer Co.’s “Tabula Rasa” from San Diego, CA claimed the bronze.
Next up, we have the Stout category, which is known for its rich and velvety brews. Legion Brewing Co.’s “Slainte” from Charlotte, NC won gold with its bold and roasty flavors. Byway Brewing Co.’s “Shinobi” from Hammond, IN took silver, while Atlas Brew Works’ “Silent Neighbor” from Washington, DC received the bronze.
If you have a sweet tooth, the Sweet Stout or Cream Stout category is perfect for you. Vibrissa Beer’s “Scout” from Front Royal, VA secured the gold with its decadent and smooth flavors. Waredaca Brewing Co.’s “Milk Stout” from Gaithersburg, MD won silver, and Brink Brewing Co.’s “Moozie” from Cincinnati, OH took the bronze.
For a heartier and more substantial beer, the Oatmeal Stout category offers some truly satisfying options. Wild Fields Brewhouse’s “Mountain Moonlight” from Atascadero, CA won gold with its velvety smoothness and robust flavors. Stereo Brewing Co.’s “Wall of Sound” from Placentia, CA claimed silver, while Bear Chase Brewing Co.’s “Buttons the Bear” from Bluemont, VA received the bronze.
If you’re a fan of rich and intense flavors, the Imperial Stout category is sure to please your palate. BNS Brewing & Distilling Co.’s “Gatling Gun” from Santee, CA took gold with its bold and complex flavors. Ritual Brewing Co.’s “Big Deluxe” from Redlands, CA secured silver, while Bartlett Hall’s “Postcard from St. Petersburg” from San Francisco, CA claimed the bronze.
For a taste of Scotland, the Scotch Ale category offers some exceptional brews. Real Ale Brewing Co.’s “Real Heavy” from Blanco, TX secured the gold with its rich and malty flavors. Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Co.’s “Scottish Wildcat” from Castle Rock, CO won silver, and Oskar Blues Brewery & Tasty Weasel Taproom’s “Old Chub Scotch Ale” from Longmont, CO claimed the bronze.
Lastly, we have the Old Ale or Strong Ale or Barley Wine category, where the bold flavors truly shine. Ninkasi Brewing Co.’s “Ice Raptor” from Eugene, OR won gold with its complex blend of flavors and warming alcohol content. Diebolt Brewing Co.’s “Populator” from Denver, CO took silver, while Wichita Brewing Co. – Production’s “Chris Barley in a Little Coat” from Wichita, KS claimed the bronze.
These winners truly represent the craft beer industry at its finest, showcasing the creativity and expertise of brewers from all across the country. Whether you prefer a fruity Belgian ale or a rich and robust stout, there is something for everyone in this diverse selection of award-winning brews. So grab a glass, sit back, and savor the flavors of these exceptional craft beers. Cheers!
As an international beer judge, I have had the privilege of evaluating beers from all around the world. However, there is one event that stands above the rest in my mind – the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). This festival, held annually in Denver, Colorado by the Brewers Association, is not only one of the largest beer festivals, but also one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world.
Being selected to judge at the GABF is a tremendous honor, and one that I do not take lightly. To even be considered, I had to submit a formal application and obtain three recommendations from either current or former judges, or individuals in the beer industry. The rigorous selection process ensures that only the most qualified and experienced judges are chosen.
The day of judging at the GABF is no easy task. With multiple rounds of beers to assess, it is important to start the day off right with a substantial breakfast. I personally opt for a hearty meal of eggs, toast, fruit, and an iced coffee. Hot coffee is avoided, as it can affect the taste buds, and I prefer to have a small glass of coffee to prevent any interference with my palate.
During my stay in Denver, I find solace in the Queen Anne Urban Bed and Breakfast. The owner, Milan Doshi, prepares a delightful breakfast that showcases local businesses and fresh ingredients. It is a true highlight of my experience at the festival.
Each morning begins with judging 2-3 rounds of beers, followed by a well-deserved lunch break. The afternoon is then dedicated to an additional three rounds of judging. At a table comprised of five or six judges, we evaluate beers within the same style category. The table captain, an experienced judge appointed by the Brewers Association, divides the table into pairs so that each judge collaborates closely with one or two others. This rotation allows for fresh perspectives and opinions throughout the day.
Before diving into the beer tasting, it is crucial for everyone at the table to thoroughly read the style guidelines for the specific beer category being judged. These guidelines provide us with a clear understanding of what the beer should look, smell, and taste like. It is important to remember that our evaluations are based on these parameters, not personal preferences.
Once the stewards, who are an incredible group of dedicated volunteers, bring us all the beers for the round, the room falls into a serene silence. Each judge proceeds at their own pace, carefully assessing the beers and taking notes. Some judges work quickly, while others take their time. Regardless of the approach, it is crucial to find a balance between thorough analysis and timely evaluations.
In the initial rounds, we provide detailed feedback for each beer, which will later be shared with the breweries. These critiques play a vital role in helping the breweries improve their craft. Simple statements like “I like this” or “good” are insufficient. It is essential to provide well-written and thoughtful feedback that highlights both the strengths and areas for improvement of each beer. Failure to provide sufficient feedback may result in an invitation to judge being withheld in the future.
Once my judging partners and I have completed our individual assessments, we engage in a discussion about each beer. The beers are labeled with numbers to ensure complete blind judging, preventing any potential bias. Starting with the beers we find least appealing, we swiftly eliminate those that fall short of our expectations. It is not uncommon for one judge to appreciate a beer that another judge dislikes, which leads to fruitful discussions. It is important to be open-minded, consider the rationale of fellow judges, and respect differing opinions. Ultimately, we collectively select the beers that we believe best exemplify the style and advance them to the next round. The choice may not always align with personal preferences, but it is essential to prioritize adherence to the style guidelines.
The judging process at the GABF is rigorous, but it is a necessary process to maintain the integrity and high standards of the competition. Each judge plays a crucial role in advancing the craft of brewing by offering valuable feedback to breweries. The sense of camaraderie and mutual respect among judges is truly remarkable, making the experience all the more rewarding.
The Great American Beer Festival is not only a celebration of the incredible diversity and craftsmanship within the beer industry, but also an opportunity for judges like myself to contribute to its growth and development. It is an event that I eagerly anticipate each year, knowing that I will have the privilege of evaluating outstanding beers, engaging in enlightening discussions, and ultimately, recognizing the very best of American brewing.
A Unique Perspective on The Great American Beer Festival
One year at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), something interesting happened. There was a delicious hoppy beer in the U.S. wheat category, but unfortunately, it was considered too bitter and out of style. As a result, it had to be eliminated from the competition.
During the second round of judging, no feedback was given to the breweries. This round usually goes by a lot quicker, and as a judge, you simply take some notes for yourself, remembering which beers you enjoyed and which ones you didn’t. Your task is to select the best three beers to move forward to the next round.
In the larger categories like German pilsners, there could be up to four or more rounds before reaching the medal round. However, in smaller categories, there are only three rounds. The medal rounds are judged collectively by the entire table. This is a crucial moment as the judges determine who will be awarded a medal, so concentration is key.
Once again, all the beers are brought out, and as a judge, you make notes on each one. Then, the group as a whole discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each beer. There have been instances where panels have spent a couple of hours deliberating and debating, due to minor disagreements and the need for a majority decision on the winners.
The judging process takes place over three full days per session, and there are three “phases” spread out over three weeks. It’s a massive undertaking, involving around 250 judges from all corners of the globe, who collectively sip and evaluate an astounding 9,300 beers from over 2000 breweries!
The winners of the GABF are announced prior to the third session, in front of a jam-packed theater in downtown Denver. The celebrations are incredible, with Breakside Brewery from Portland, Oregon proudly accepting their GABF medal on stage alongside the Brewers Association President and CEO, Bob Pease, during the medal ceremony in 2022.
Now, here’s the interesting part – every day, as a judge, you have the opportunity to sample around 60 different beers. Yes, you read that correctly! However, the key is to take very small sips, ensuring that you never feel drunk or tipsy. The beers are spaced out throughout the day, and the buffet lunch provided is substantial. And of course, it’s crucial to stay hydrated, so drinking water regularly is a must.
At the end of each day, though, you can’t help but feel a bit bloated and exhausted. It’s understandable given the sheer number of beers tasted. Despite the discomfort, there’s an undeniable sense of joy and excitement throughout the event. Each year, you eagerly anticipate reconnecting with old friends, making new acquaintances, and most importantly, immersing yourself in the world of incredible American craft beers.
So, if you happen to attend the Great American Beer Festival, remember that behind the scenes, there is a rigorous judging process that takes place over several weeks, involving passionate individuals from all walks of life who come together to celebrate and honor the best brews in the country. Cheers to the wonderful world of craft beer!
Don’t Judge a Beer by Its Age: Expert Insights on Whether Beer Can Go Bad
We all know the sinking feeling of discovering a fresh batch of mold on a loaf of bread or the stench of spoiled milk wafting from our fridge. But when it comes to beer, can it actually go bad? And how can you tell if it has passed its prime? We turned to Neil Witte, one of only 22 Master Cicerones in the world, for answers.
Neil Witte is a beer expert with over two decades of experience in the industry. As the owner of Craft Quality Solutions, a specialized draft beer company in Kansas City, Missouri, he possesses a vast knowledge of the beer world. So, we posed the question to him: can beer go bad?
According to Witte, the short answer is yes, but not in the same way we typically think of food going bad. Unlike other perishable food and beverages, beer does not pose a risk of pathogenic bacterial growth. Witte explains that the alcohol content and the antimicrobial characteristics of hops prevent the growth of harmful pathogens. “The worst thing that’s going to happen to beer when it gets old is that it’s going to taste bad,” he clarifies.
However, Witte does mention that different beers have different shelf lives. Some high-alcohol, malt-forward styles, such as barleywines and Imperial stouts, are intentionally brewed for aging purposes. Brewers anticipate that people will age and savor these beers for multiple years. But for most beers, Witte recommends drinking them as fresh as possible.
This recommendation is especially true for hop-heavy styles like India Pale Ales (IPAs). While hops prevent pathogenic growth, they are also delicate and tend to dissipate with aging. Witte emphasizes that the defining characteristic of an IPA is its hoppy aroma, which diminishes as the beer ages. A fresh IPA exhibits the vibrant hop characteristics, while an IPA that’s a few months old may lose its hop essence.
Determining the age or expiration date of a beer can be challenging for consumers. While beer labels are required to display certain information like the alcohol volume and brand name, the packaging date is not obligatory. Some brewers provide hints, such as “Best By” dates or the brewed date, but it’s not a requirement. Witte believes that brewers offering age transparency demonstrate a higher level of quality. He personally avoids purchasing beers without a clearly marked expiration date.
However, even if you happen to consume an old or expired beer, there is no need to worry about your health. Witte reassures us that the worst thing that may occur is a less enjoyable taste experience. No health risks are associated with drinking old beer.
To maintain beer quality, Witte shares a few tips. First, check for an expiration date if it’s available. If not planning to drink the beer immediately, store it in the fridge until ready to consume. Alternatively, find the coolest spot in your house, like a basement or cellar, to store the beer. Additionally, keep the storage area as dark as possible to minimize light exposure.
So, the next time you come across a forgotten beer bottle in your fridge or stumble upon a dusty one in your basement, remember that while it may not taste as great as it once did, it poses no harm to your health. Cheers to enjoying beer responsibly, whether fresh or aged!
Related: The Surprising Reason Why Sunlight Can Ruin Your Beer
When it comes to beer, we all want it to taste its best. But did you know that sunlight can actually have a negative effect on the flavor of your favorite brew? It may sound strange, but it’s true. When ultraviolet light comes into contact with certain hop compounds in beer, it triggers a chemical reaction that can turn your beer into something that smells just like a skunk. And nobody wants that!
This phenomenon, known as lightstruck, can happen to any beer. However, there is a simple solution to avoid it – just keep your beer out of sunlight. According to beer expert Witte, one of the best ways to protect your beer from light is to choose packaging that blocks out UV rays. Different colored glass provides different levels of UV protection, with brown glass doing the best job of blocking almost all of the light. On the other hand, green and clear glass offer very little protection.
It’s important to note that there are some beers that intentionally use clear or green glass bottles and embrace the lightstruck flavors. If you enjoy those particular brews, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you prefer to avoid the skunkiness in your beer, it’s best to keep it cold, store it in a dark place, and drink it fresh.
While exposure to light and changes in temperature can affect the flavor of your beer, rest assured that the hops and alcohol in beer prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that could make you sick. So, even if your beer isn’t as fresh as it could be, it’s still safe to drink. However, to ensure that your beer stays fresher for longer, it’s a good idea to keep it cold, away from direct sunlight, and consume it within a couple of months of purchase.
So, the next time you crack open a cold one, remember to protect it from the harmful effects of sunlight. Your taste buds will thank you!
Read the original article on Eating Well for more information on how sunlight can impact your beer’s flavor.
Farewell to Howlers & Growlers: A Tale of Challenges and Closure
It is with a heavy heart that we bid adieu to Howlers & Growlers, a beloved Windsor restaurant known for its rooftop bar and self-pour beer wall. After nearly a year in business, the establishment closed its doors on September 6, leaving its loyal patrons in disbelief.
Co-owner Amy Lowther shared her thoughts on the closure, attributing it to a combination of factors. First and foremost, the restaurant’s delayed opening proved to be a substantial setback. Originally aiming for a late August or September debut, construction delays pushed the opening to November. This unfortunate timing, as Lowther noted, is far from ideal for launching a new establishment.
Furthermore, staffing issues plagued the restaurant in its early days. However, the resilient owners remained hopeful that things would improve over time. They had high hopes for the business, especially given its advantageous proximity to Windsor’s Future Legends Sports Complex, which has been attracting both indoor and outdoor sports events throughout the year.
Unfortunately, even the excitement surrounding the forthcoming completion of the complex’s 6,500-person stadium did not materialize into the anticipated surge in business. A disappointing turn of events occurred when road closures caused by two major projects severely impacted access to the restaurant and its neighboring businesses.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) embarked on a resurfacing project along Colorado Highway 257 in late May. Rolling highway closures eventually led to a full 30-day closure of the road section from Walnut Street to Eastman Park Drive, forcing customers to undertake significant detours throughout most of July.
Simultaneously, the town of Windsor was undergoing an intersection safety improvement project at Eastman Park Drive and Highway 257, further exacerbating access issues. East and west travel on Eastman Park Drive came to a standstill in mid-June and is expected to remain closed until September. This closure was necessary for the implementation of new traffic signals and improvements to a nearby railroad crossing.
The cumulative effect of these roadwork projects was deeply detrimental to Howlers & Growlers. Potential customers were forced to take detours of up to 14 miles to reach the establishment, significantly dampening business prospects during the crucial summer season.
To add insult to injury, the restaurant received notice from the town of Windsor on September 5 that its liquor license was set to expire that very same day. Although Lowther later clarified that an automated email about the expiration had been sent on August 29, the timing proved to be yet another blow. The town emphasized that these notifications were not legally required but were sent as a courtesy to Windsor businesses.
According to the state of Colorado’s liquor licensing department, establishments must receive notification of their liquor license expiration at least 90 days in advance. While the department confirmed sending the necessary notification to the address on record for Howlers & Growlers, Lowther insisted that the restaurant never received it.
In light of these numerous challenges, Lowther made the difficult decision to close the eatery. The expiration of the liquor license served as the final straw, serving as the “icing on the cake” after a series of setbacks ranging from construction delays and staffing issues to road closures.
As we bid farewell to Howlers & Growlers, we remember the hopes and dreams that inspired its inception. Despite its relatively short run, the restaurant’s self-pour beer wall and delectable menu of appetizers, entrees, and brunch items will be sorely missed by the Windsor community.
We extend our deepest gratitude to the dedicated team at Howlers & Growlers for their tireless efforts in creating a memorable dining experience. May their journey ahead be filled with new opportunities and success.
APD seeks assistance in the hunt for an individual who attacked a gas station cashier using a beer can.
Title: A Plea for Justice: Austin Police Seek Assistance in Apprehending Assailant
In a bid to restore peace and secure justice for the victims of crime, the Austin Police Department (APD) has recently reached out to the public, humbly requesting their assistance in tracking down a dangerous assailant. This gripping story revolves around a shocking incident involving an innocent gas station cashier who fell victim to an unprovoked attack. In this blog post, we will delve into the details of the distressing incident, highlighting the pressing need for community involvement in apprehending the culprit.
Recently, the peaceful atmosphere of an Austin gas station was shattered when a cashier found himself at the receiving end of a vicious assault. Although the motive behind this heinous act remains unknown, the cashier was left in a state of shock after being struck with a beer can. The unexpected and violent nature of the assault has left the police department deeply concerned for public safety.
APD in Action:
Recognizing the urgency to bring the assailant to justice, the Austin Police Department swiftly responded to the incident by launching an immediate investigation. This dedicated law enforcement agency, committed to upholding justice, has been tirelessly working around the clock to gather evidence and identify the culprit. However, understanding the importance of collective responsibility, the APD has turned to the community by making a heartfelt appeal for assistance.
The Power of Community:
In the quest for justice, community engagement plays an indispensable role. The APD realizes that members of the public often possess valuable information or eyewitness accounts of incidents that can serve as vital leads for law enforcement agencies. By encouraging community involvement, the police hope to tap into the collective knowledge and vigilance of Austin’s residents to bring the assailant to justice swiftly.
How You Can Help:
If you have any information regarding this appalling incident or believe you might have witnessed something relevant, do not hesitate to come forward. Remember, by assisting the police, you are not only contributing to the safety of your community but also lending support to the victim in their pursuit of justice. Help us restore serenity and ensure that criminal behavior holds no place in our society.
The Austin Police Department’s plea for public assistance in the search for the individual responsible for assaulting a gas station cashier highlights the importance of community involvement in maintaining public safety. By actively participating in the pursuit of justice, community members can help bring the assailant to account for their actions. Together, let us rally behind the cause of justice, ensuring that our neighborhoods remain secure and free from violence.
The 3rd Street Market Hall in Milwaukee is taking the concept of self-service to a whole new level by opening the city’s very first self-service beer garden. This exciting addition is attracting locals and tourists alike, eager to experience this unique way of enjoying a pint of their favorite brew.
Gone are the days of waiting in line to place an order and then anxiously waiting for your drink to arrive. At the self-service beer garden, you have complete control over when and how much you pour. It’s like having your own personal bartender right at your fingertips!
The concept is simple yet revolutionary. Upon entering the beer garden, you’re handed a high-tech RFID wristband. This wristband is not just a fashion accessory; it is your key to unlocking a world of delicious possibilities. Connected to a prepaid account, this magical wristband allows you to access the taps and pour yourself a refreshing beer with just a touch.
The process is not only convenient but also adds an element of fun to the whole beer-drinking experience. Customers can explore the extensive beer selection at their own pace, trying out different styles and flavors without feeling the pressure to finish a full glass. It’s like having your own beer tasting party, except it’s in a public space!
But what about those who might be concerned about responsible drinking? Well, fear not, because the self-service beer garden has taken measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone. The RFID wristbands are programmed to limit each customer to a certain number of ounces per hour, preventing excessive consumption and promoting responsible alcohol consumption.
Additionally, knowledgeable staff members are always present to guide customers through the self-service process and offer recommendations for those who might be overwhelmed by the abundance of choices. They are like beer sommeliers, there to enhance your experience and help you discover new and exciting brews.
Not only does the self-service beer garden offer an innovative way to enjoy a cold one, but it also creates a social environment that encourages interaction among patrons. People gather around the taps, discussing the different flavors, sharing recommendations, and even engaging in friendly competitions to see who can pour the perfect pint.
Milwaukee’s first self-service beer garden at the 3rd Street Market Hall has certainly made its mark in the city’s thriving beer culture. It has brought a new dimension to the age-old tradition of enjoying a pint while fostering a sense of community and exploration. So, next time you’re in Milwaukee, be sure to check out this exciting and unconventional way to enjoy your favorite brews. Cheers!
Title: A Startling Incident Reveals a Bigger Issue: Ensuring Children’s Safety
In a recent incident that transpired in China’s Fujian province, a surprising turn of events took place when a first-grader brought bottles of beer to school and shared them with his classmates. While the story is both alarming and intriguing, it highlights a more pressing concern – the need for increased attention to children’s well-being. Let’s delve deeper into this incident and explore its far-reaching implications.
The Unfortunate Incident:
Reportedly, a seven-year-old boy managed to sneak two bottles of fruit-flavored beer from his home fridge and distribute them amongst his classmates. Unbeknownst to him, the contents of the bottles caused his peers to fall into an intoxicating slumber. When the children’s teacher entered the classroom and discovered the unexpected tranquility, she immediately knew something was amiss. Fearing the worst, she questioned the remaining awake students, quickly uncovering the secret behind their groggy dispositions.
The teacher wasted no time contacting the boy’s mother, who was startled to realize that her fridge was missing two beer bottles. Realizing the potential consequences of her son’s actions, she promptly apologized to the parents of the other students involved. Thankfully, the slumbering classmates eventually woke up, assuring everyone that they were unharmed. However, the repercussions for the young boy were swift and severe. His mother punished him by making him face the wall and disciplining him with a hanger, an act that escalated until the hanger broke.
The incident has sparked diverse reactions on Chinese social media platforms. While some find the story amusing, others express grave concerns. Many users were relieved that it was “only beer” and chose to use this incident as a cautionary tale for fellow parents, emphasizing the importance of vigilant child-rearing. One user on Douyin, a popular Chinese video-sharing platform, quoted, “First of all, it’s wrong to bring alcohol, and secondly, it’s really awesome to drink with a group of people.”
Further Insights and Consequences:
As the incident unfolded, various opinions emerged, illustrating both the complexity of the issue and the need for preventative measures. Some argued that children can easily mimic adult behavior, and with alcohol consumption prevalent in households, it’s natural for them to be curious. However, others stressed the potential long-term damage to a child’s developing brain and called for legal action against negligent parents.
While this incident initially appears as a bizarre occurrence, it serves as a reminder for society to prioritize the safety and well-being of children. Parents, educators, and society as a whole must place increased emphasis on educating children about the dangers of alcohol and ensuring their environments are conducive to their growth and safety. By doing so, we can protect the innocence and future of our children, fostering a society that values their well-being above all else.
Black & Gray’s Resurrection Ale is the perfect beer to pay tribute to Elgin’s Nightmare on Chicago Street.
Just in time for Halloween and Elgin’s zombie-themed “Nightmare on Chicago Street,” Black & Gray Brewing Co. in East Dundee is releasing a new brew called Resurrection Ale. The mastermind behind this spooky creation is Kristan Arnold, assistant general manager at Elgin Public House, who wanted a locally made beer to celebrate the season. Black & Gray salesman Casey Sleeman heard her idea and brought it to the brewery, and they were thrilled to collaborate with the downtown pub/restaurant.
“‘Nightmare’ is a fantastic event, and we wanted to bring a touch of history to it,” said Chris Kennedy, Black & Gray’s director of operations. Resurrection Ale will not only provide the brewery with exposure in downtown Elgin, but it also pays homage to the city’s past. In his research, Kennedy discovered the Elgin Eagle Brewery, which operated from the 1860s until Prohibition shut it down in 1920. Another company continued to make beer illegally at the site until they were raided by the feds in 1923.
Although Kennedy couldn’t find a surviving recipe from the Eagle Brewery, he uncovered that they made a beer called Adler Brau Export. This led him to conclude that the beer could be classified as a Dortmunder, a German-style beer. With this information in hand, the team at Black & Gray developed a modern recipe, which they tested by making a small batch.
Resurrection Ale is named in honor of both the “Nightmare on Chicago Street” theme and the revival of an old Elgin beer style. It has its own distinct logo and tap handle. Head brewer Chris Contesso and assistant brewer Rob Bending made the initial half-barrel for Elgin Public House, and it was so popular that it quickly sold out.
The beer has been relatively straightforward to make, as German brews must adhere to their country’s purity laws. The team imports German grains and hops to ensure that Resurrection Ale stays true to its German roots. They are currently preparing 20 barrels to have ready for “Nightmare on Chicago Street” and it will also be available at other downtown bars including Danny’s on Douglas, Rogue’s Corner, Martini Room and Vern’s.
Chris Contesso, the head brewer, is particularly excited about the new beer and the street festival. He plans on attending the event dressed as a Dortmunder beer – now that’s commitment!
Overall, the creation of Resurrection Ale has been an enjoyable and exciting process for Black & Gray Brewing Co. It’s an opportunity for them to showcase their skills and pay tribute to Elgin’s brewing history. Be sure to try this unique brew when it becomes available, just in time for Halloween. Cheers!
The packaging of Prime, a beer produced by Tiny Rebel brewery, has come under criticism for being a blatant imitation.
In a recent controversy, a brewery called Tiny Rebel has come under fire for their marketing tactics. The Portman Group, an industry watchdog, has upheld complaints against the Newport-based brewery for what they consider to be “flagrant” and “socially irresponsible” marketing strategies. The specific issue at hand is the packaging of Tiny Rebel’s beers, which closely mimic popular non-alcoholic drink brands targeted towards children.
The beers in question include Primed Blue Raspberry IPA, Hwyl Peanut Butter Flapjack IPA, Monstar Hawaiian Punch IPA, and TinyFast Milkshake IPA. These products were sold with packaging that closely resembled that of Prime, a blue raspberry hydration drink promoted by YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul. Additionally, all four beers were marketed with the slogan: “Made with love and fun to help chase away the January blues.”
The Portman Group has upheld multiple complaints against these products. Firstly, they argue that the marketing encourages irresponsible consumption. Furthermore, they claim that the beers are suggesting, to varying degrees, that they possess therapeutic qualities, can enhance mental or physical capabilities, and can alter mood or behavior. Additionally, three of the products were found to have particular appeal to individuals under the age of 18, while TinyFast was criticized for promoting rapid drinking.
As a result of these complaints, all four products have been discontinued. Nicola Williams, chair of the independent complaints panel at the Portman Group, stated, “It is socially irresponsible for a producer to mimic well-known non-alcoholic drink brands that are marketed on the grounds of weight loss, meal replacement, and performance-enhancing properties on alcoholic drinks packaging in such a flagrant manner.” Williams believes that these cases set clear precedents for all producers to consider.
Matt Lambert, the chief executive of the Portman Group, expressed concern over Tiny Rebel’s behavior, calling it a “continuation of concerning behavior.” Lambert stated that they have had constructive conversations with the brewery and hopes that they will learn from this experience and ensure that their future products comply with regulations. Tiny Rebel, in response, said that they take their responsibilities seriously and highlighted the positive impact they have made through their Tiny Rebel community fund.
While it is clear that Tiny Rebel raised a significant amount of money for community projects through the sale of these controversial beers, the issue at hand is the ethical implications of their marketing tactics. It is important for breweries and other producers to consider the potential impact of their marketing efforts and ensure that they are not encouraging irresponsible behavior or targeting vulnerable demographics. Hopefully, this controversy will serve as a reminder for all producers to uphold responsible marketing practices and prioritize the well-being of consumers.