New Releases — 02 September 2012

Congrats to all our suppliers who were winners at this summer’s US Beer Tasting Championship!

From USBTC press release….

The United States Beer Tasting Championship recently completed the Summer Event of its 18th annual competition. A total of 502 beers from 127 breweries were examined across 15 different beer categories. Within each category, the USBTC determined both a Grand Champion and the best entry from each of six U.S. regions: 1) Northeast, 2) Mid-Atlantic/Southeast, 3) Midwest, 4) Rockies/Southwest, 5) California, and 6) Northwest/Pacific.

The USBTC takes a unique approach in that its competition is held in multiple stages. Sequential field trials are conducted wherein judges evaluate beers and select the best to advance to subsequent rounds. This allows beers to be judged in relatively small flights while ensuring that the best beers are still determined through head-to-head competition. All beers were tasted in blinded fashion and judged on a hedonic scale.

GRAND CHAMPIONS

Weyerbacher Seventeen – Belgian/French Specialty
Allagash White – Belgian Wit
Smuttynose Vunderbar – Pilsner
Dogfish Head Black & Blue – Fruit Beer

REGIONAL CHAMPIONS

NORTHEAST
Allagash White – Belgian Wit
Smuttynose Vunderbar Pils – Pilsner
Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale – Pale Ale – Honorable Mention

MID-ATLANTIC
Old Dominion Double D – Imperial IPA
Troegs Hopback Amber – Amber/Red Ale
Weyerbacher Seventeen – Belgian/French Specialty
Sly Fox Pikeland Pils – Pilsner – Honorable Mention
Sly Fox Royal Weisse – Wheat Beer – Honorable Mention
Dogfish Head Black & Blue – Fruit Beer
Weyerbacher Sour Black – Sour Beer

MIDWEST
Founders Red’s Rye – India Pale Ale
Founders Cerise – Fruit Beer
New Holland Blue Sunday Sour – Sour Beer

ROCKIES/SOUTHWEST
Oskar Blues Brewery Gubna – Imperial IPA
Epic Captain Comptons – Bitter/ESB
Epic Wit – Belgian Wit
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils – Pilsner
Boulder Beer Kinda Blue – Wheat Beer – Honorable Mention
Epic Brainless on Peaches – Fruit Beer

CALIFORNIA
Bear Republic Red Rocket – Amber/Red Ale
The Lost Abbey Carnevale – Belgian/French Specialty
The Lost Abbey Avant Garde – Belgian/French Specialty – Honorable Mention
The Lost Abbey Witch’s Wit – Belgian Wit
The Lost Abbey Framboise – Fruit Beer
The Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme – Sour Beer

NORTHWEST/PACIFIC
Rogue Juniper Pale Ale – Pale Ale – Honorable Mention
Rogue Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red – Amber/Red Ale
Full Sail Extra Special Barney – Bitter/ESB
Rogue Chatoe Rogue Good Chit Pilsner – Pilsner

For the full list of award winners please visit the USBTC website.

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