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Published: Tue, October 11, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Three local breweries medal at US beer fest

Three local breweries medal at US beer fest

Photo of Ocelot Brewing Company by Tammy TuckSeveral D.C. area breweries were awarded medals this Saturday at the Great American Beer Festival, the annual national beer competition and tasting event in Denver, Colorado.

For the second straight year, Boise Brewing made a stout impression on judges at the Great American Beer Festival. It is the beer's fourth GABF medal since 2007. Neither a gold nor a silver medal were awarded in the Pumpkin/Squash Beer category. By comparison, Sunriver Brewing, a smaller brewery, entered five beers. According to the GABF, gold medals are awared to "a world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance".

In a ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to winning breweries in 96 beer categories covering 161 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country. It won in the Wood- and Barrel-aged Sour Beer category.

White Street Brewing in Wake Forest won the Triangle's other gold medal, in the Scottish ale category, for its eponymous Scottish Ale.

Two Brothers Brewing, of Warrenville, in the Belgian and French-Style Ale category (among 27 entries) for its flagship beer, Domaine DuPage.

Bronze medal: Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout, San Diego's New English Brewing, Coffee Beer; The Volcanist, San Diego's Societe Brewing, American-Style Stout; HFS, San Diego's Alpine Beer, American-Style Strong Pale Ale; Roes Red, San Diego's Pure Project, Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale; Liquid AC, Karl Strauss, English-Style Summer Ale; Mother Earth ESB, Vista's Mother Earth Brew, Extra Special Bitter; and Mosaic Session IPA, Karl Strauss, Session India Pale Ale.

The "Churchville Lager" is described as a "clean, crisp" 4.9-percent ABV Vienna-style lager that has "enough hop bitterness to counter (its) malt backbone".

The brewery at 521 W. Broad St. won silver again in the American-Style Stout category for its Black Cliffs Stout.

For more information on the competition, visit the Great American Beer Festival's website.

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