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Nashville’s Blackstone Brewing Co. wins silver medal at Great American Beer Festival

October 12, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer

St. Charles Porter

Blackstone’s St. Charles Porter, 2013 silver medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver

Nashville’s Blackstone Brewing Co. won a silver medal Saturday in the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Blackstone’s St. Charles Porter won second place in the Brown Porter category. It was the 8th win at GABF for the St. Charles Porter and Blackstone’s 12th medal since 1996.

No other brewery in Tennessee took home medals in Denver this year, and no Mississippi or Arkansas breweries were winners.

The 2013 Great American Beer Festival competition, which awarded 252 medals, is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. In its 27th year, the 2013 competition surpassed all previous participation records.

Award-winning brewers received gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 beer categories covering 138 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S. Winners were chosen from 4,809 competition entries from 745 breweries, hailing from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C.

View all the winners here.

Nick Vincent wins 2013 Boscos Pro Am with “Extracurricular Hoptivity” IPA

May 20, 2013 By: mike Category: Competition, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Judging beers for the 2013 Boscos Pro Am.

Judging beers for the 2013 Boscos Pro Am.

Memphis homebrewer Nick Vincent is GABF bound.

Nick is the winner of the 2013 Boscos Pro Am, taking first place in the local competition with his Extracurricular Hoptivity IPA.

As the Pro Am winner, Nick, a member of the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, will get to brew his recipe on Boscos’ 7-barrel system, and his beer will go on tap at the brewpub this fall.

In addition, Nick will get to take a keg of his beer to Denver to compete in the 2013 Great American Beer Festival Pro Am. He’ll get an all-access pass to the festival from Boscos and airfare provided by the homebrew club.

“This was by far my best IPA I’ve ever made, and I was pretty excited about it when I submitted it,” he wrote in an e-mail today.

Best of Show in the Pro Am was rounded out by Ben Pugh (H.E. Wheat) and Charlie Patrick (“S” Stout).

As the winner of the 2012 Pro Am, I got to judge this year’s competition with Boscos head brewer Adam Hargrove. The competition was really tough, but Nick’s beer, a hopped-up American IPA made with Magnum and Citra hops, was our favorite, and I can’t wait to have another pint when it goes on tap at Boscos this fall.

Nick is in for a real treat when he brews the Extracurricular Hoptivity at Boscos in late August or early September. Here’s what I wrote about my experience when I got to brew my Red Hop Ale there last year.

Cheers, Nick!

Entries being accepted for 2013 War of the Wort homebrew contest in Mississippi

April 16, 2013 By: mike Category: Competition, Events, Homebrew


Registration is open for the 2013 “War of the Wort” homebrew competition, organized by the Golden Triangle Brewers homebrew club in Starkville, Miss.

The War of the Wort deadline is April 26. To register your beers, go to http://warofthewort.gtrbrewers.org. Final judging will take place on May 18 at the Mississippi Modern Homesteading Center.

Last year’s inaugural event drew 115 entries and 47 registered participants, judges and stewards.

Results from the 2013 Bluff City Brewers Extravaganza homebrew competition

February 24, 2013 By: mike Category: Competition, Homebrew, Memphis

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The results are in for the 2013 Bluff City Brewers Extravaganza, the 25th annual Memphis homebrew contest sponsored by the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs.

The competition drew 286 entries from 117 brewers. Final judging took place Saturday at Boscos.

“Best of Show” winners were →

First place: Jeff Bergman, of the Music City Brewers, won for his “Big Saison” in category 16C (Saison).

Second place: Ben Pugh, of the Memphis Brewers Association, won for his “FnA Orange Blossom Mead” in category 24C (Sweet Mead).

Third place:  Nate Nowak, a FuzzyBrew contributor and Bluff City Brewers member, took the final spot with his “Old Kerfuffle” in category 19A (Old Ale). Nate previously won second place in the American Homebrewers Association Club-Only Competition last November for the Old Kerfuffle.

Congrats to all the Memphis winners! And a special shout-out to our buddy Ryan Williams, who just started brewing this past year and won second place in the Light Hybrid category for his “Gumballhead Clone.”

Check out all the winnners below.

2013 Bluff City Brewers Extravaganza Results