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TN at GABF: Wiseacre, Yazoo, McHale’s win medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

October 04, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Three Tennessee craft breweries — Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Company, Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company  and Chattanooga’s McHale’s Brewhouse — won medals today at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Wiseacre Tiny BombThe festival, in its 28th year, is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. A total of 234 different breweries won either gold, silver or bronze medals in 90 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles.

Wiseacre won a bronze medal for its Tiny Bomb in the German-Style Pilsener category (75 entries). This was Wiseacre’s first year to compete at GABF.

Brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch opened Wiseacre on Broad Avenue in 2013. Tiny Bomb, available on draft and in cans in the Memphis area, is one of the brewery’s two year-round beers, along with Ananda IPA.

“It’s great to be recognized for something that you have worked so hard on for so long, especially by my peers, the greatest beer judges in the world. Pilsner is among the most difficult styles of beer to produce and we are glad to be honored in this way. I almost cried,” brewmaster Davin Bartosch said in a press release.

Added Kellan Bartosch: “With Firestone and Russian River being the other medalist in the category as two of the most highly acclaimed breweries in the country, it says a lot about the internal admiration for Pilsner among brewers. Craft beer drinkers often stick to mega hoppy IPAs or big stouts, but external appreciation for tasty lower ABV beers is on the rise and Tiny Bomb made here in Memphis can now be considered a leader of the pack on a national scale.”

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Meanwhile, Yazoo captured the bronze medal in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category (65 entries) for its Cherry Deux Rouges, part of the Nashville brewery’s Embrace the Funk series. The medal is Yazoo’s fourth overall, having won twice for its Hefeweizen and once for Sue.

The final Tennessee winner was Chattanooga’s McHale’s Brewhouse, which won a gold medal for its Scottish Pride beer in the Scottish-Style Ale category (51 entries). It’s the first GABF win for McHale’s Brewhouse.

A huge congrats to all the Tennessee winners!

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

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

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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

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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.