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Monday, December 6, 2010

2010 U.S Beer Championships

Friend of BOTB, Shannon, pointed me to this website: beerinfo.com. Interesting site, and while I was there I noticed they had the top 10 finishers in the 2010 United States Beer Championship. So I thought I might share with you some of the results (or you're welcome to click the above link and look for yourself.) I'll limit this space to just the "Ale" category for now. I'll quickly run through the categories and list the top finisher and then any that we may have tried which finished in the top ten. Or for that matter any I found interesting.

Golden Ale and Blonde Ale - Red Brick Blonde - Atlanta Brewing Company, Ga.

English Summer Ale - Sandbagger's Gold - Montana Brewing

English Pale Ale - Kentucky ale - Lexington Brewing

English IPA - Hopsectioner - Terrapin Beer Company, Ga. (Boston Brewing's Latitude 48 came in 2nd)

Imperial IPA - Double Overhead IPA - Maui Brewing (Harpoon's excellent Leviathan took 5th - check out Harpoon Dinner at Kitty Hoynes, Monday Feb. 8, 2010).

Bitter - Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Company

ESB - Boont ESB - Anderson Valley Brewing, Ca. (Old Thumper from Shipyard Brewing took 2nd)

English Mild Ale - Original Ale - Box Car Brewing - West Chester, Pa. (Magic Hat's Odd Notion - 9th)

Brown Ale - Brunette Nut Brown Ale - Nebraska Brewing. (Moose Drool from Big Sky Montana came in 9th - I just liked the name.)

Porter - Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewing - Oregon. (Shipyard Imperial Porter took 2nd)

Stout - Anastasia's Chocolate Stout - South Street Brewery, Va. (Sam Adams Cream Stout - 6th / Rogue's Shakespeare Stout - 10th)

Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewery, Ca.

Old Ale - Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing, Col.

Barley Wine - Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing

Scotch Ales - Old Chub - Oskar Blues Brewery, Col. (Duke of Winship, one of our favs from Middle Ages, came in 5th. Long Trail's Hibernator - 10th.)

Strong Scotch Ale - Scottish Ale - Trapuair House Brewing, Scotland.

Irish Red Ale - Red Mountain Ale - Silverton Brewing, Col. (Harpoon's Celtic Ale 6th) (O'hara's Irish Red,  Carlow Brewing, Ireland - 9th).

American Amber - Drop Kick - Dunedin Brewing, Fl. (Troegs Hopback Amber - 10th)

American Pale Ale - Sharptail Pale Ale - Montana Brewing. (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - 5th) (Heavy Seas Pale Ale  9th)

American IPA - High Seas IPA - Michigan Brewing. (Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale - 3rd) (Stone IPA - 5th) (Sierra Nevada Torpedo - 8th.) (Sweetwater IPA - 9th).

American Brown Ale - India Brown Ale - Terrapin Beer Company, Ga. (Brooklyn Brown Ale - 10th)

German Altbier - Copper Ale - Otter Creek Brewing, Vermont. 

German Kolsh - Endless River - Mother Earth Brewing, N. Car. (Harpoon's Summer Beer - 5th)

German Wheat Ale - Dunkle Weiss - Sprecher Brewing, Wis.

German - Ayinger Brau Weisse - Brauerei Aying, Germany.

HefeweizenAyinger Brau Weisse - Brauerei Aying, Germany.

Belgian Saison Ales - Two Moons Saison - Montan Brewing. (Hennepin from Ommegang took 4th).

Belgian Ale - Devil May Care - South Street  Brewery

Belgian Abbey Ale - Dank Tank - Sweetwater Brewing

Belgian Lambic - Lindeman's Framboise - Brouwerji Lindemans, Belgium

Belgian Witbier - Belgium White - Stevens Point Brewing

A few interesting side notes on some of the other styles:

-Great Lakes Oktoberfest, which we recently reviewed, took 7th in the Octoberfest category.

-Saranac's Black Forest (Matt's Brewing, Utica, NY) took 9th in the SWchwarzbier category.

-Saranac's Black Diamond Bock made the top ten in the Bock category.

-Saranac also scored in the Rye/Roggen category with their Roggen Rye. Took 7th.

-Good Ol' Genesee Cream Ale came in 4th for Cream Ales.

-Harpoon's UFO White took a second in the American Wheat Beer Category.

-And Saranac once again scored with their Pumpkin Ale in that category.

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