2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Winners Announced

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2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Winners Announced
-6th Annual Awards Ceremony Held at WestRock-

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild held the 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Awards Ceremony Monday, June 5, 2017, at WestRock in Richmond, Virginia. There were more than 240 brewers in attendance to celebrate excellence in craft beer this year. The Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition was managed by master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judge Tom Cannon and 40 judges. The competition also benefits from the continued counsel of Bill Butcher, Port City Brewing, and Bill Madden, Mad Fox Brewing. This year 356 beers in 24 categories were entered into the competition. The judging took place Saturday, May 13th at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton, Virginia.

The Virginia Craft Beer Cup continues to be the largest state competition of its kind in the United States. The VCBG is committed to giving its members the opportunity to compete in VA, obtain critical feedback from certified judges and get noticed statewide. “The Virginia Craft Beer Cup recognizes brilliant independent craft beer and the creativity of the brewers that make it all happen,” said Brett Vassey, President & CEO, Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. “Congratulations to all the teams that competed in this year’s Cup.”

The 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners are as follows:

Best of Show
First Place Best of Show
Smartmouth Brewing Company
Safety Dance

Second Place Best of Show
Old Ox Brewery
Black Ox

Third Place Best of Show
St. George Brewing Company
Summer Ale

Pale Bitter European Beer
First Place
Smartmouth Brewing Company
Safety Dance

Second Place
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Pils

Third Place
Mustang Sally Brewing Company
Dortmunder Lager

Pale Malty European Lager
First Place
Alewerks Brewing Company
Weekend Lager

Second Place
Fair Winds Brewing Company
Hells Navigator

Third Place
Strangeways Brewing
Helles Frozen Over

Amber and Dark European Lager
First Place
Caboose Brewing Company
Crossroads

Second Place
Green Flash Brewing Company
Sea to Sea

Third Place
Hammer & Forge Brewing Company
Night Witches

Czech Lager
First Place
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Rhino Chasers

Second Place
Adventure Brewing Company
Classic Lager

Third Place
Port City Brewing Company
Downright Pilsner

International Lager and Strong European Beer
First Place
South Street Brewery
Virginia Lager

Second Place
Ardent Craft Ales
Defenestrator

Third Place
Big Ugly Brewing
Ghost Rider Porter

Scottish and Irish Ale
First Place
Brass Cannon Brewing
Smoothbore

Second Place
Three Notch’d Brewing Company
Blackwall Porter

Third Place
The Bold Mariner Brewing Company
Red Maiden

British Pale Ale
First Place
St. George Brewing Company
Summer Ale

Second Place
Red Dragon Brewery
Cook Lane

Third Place
Lake Anne Brew House
Lord Fairfax English Pale Ale

Brown British Ale

First Place
Heroic Aleworks
Max Nix

Second Place
Anne Lake Brew House
Beer Run Recovery Ale

Third Place
Three Notch’d Brewing Company
No Veto Brown

Dark British Ale

First Place
Studio Brew
Ferguson

Second Place
Crooked Run Brewing
Dulce De Leche

Third Place
Great Valley Farm Brewery
GVFB Stout

Strong British Ale

First Place
Big Ugly Brewing
Barnfind Barleywine

Second Place
Garden Grove Brewing Company
Old Iron Dog

Third Place

Heritage Brewing Company
Kings Mountain

Standard American Beer

First Place
Castleburg Brewery and Taproom
Castleburg Cream Ale

Second Place
Backroom Brewery
Festival Wheat Beer

Third Place
Rip Rap Brewing Company
Breakwater

Pale American Beer

First Place
Port City Brewing Company
Essential Pale Ale

Second Place
Pale Fire Brewing Company
Skinny Dennis

Third Place
Green Flash Brewing Company
GFB

Amber and Brown American Beer
First Place
Capitol City Brewing Company
Amber Waves

Second Place
Stable Craft Brewing
Britchin Brown Ale

Third Place
Trapezium Brewing Company
Brown Ale

American Porter and Stout
First Place
Old Ox Brewery
Black Ox

Second Place
Coelacanth Brewing Company
Quiet Storm

Third Place
Castleburg Brewery and Taproom
Court Jester Porter

IPA

First Place
Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse
BOFT IPA

Second Place
Alesatian Brewing Company
Hop Sneeze

Third Place
South Street Brewery
Astrognomer

Strong American Ale
First Place
Beer Hound Brewery
Kujo

Second Place
Pale Fire Brewing Company
Village Green

Third Place
Green Flash Brewing Company
West Coast IPA

German Wheat Beer
First Place
Starr Hill Brewery
The Love

Second Place
The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery
Lady in White

Third Place
Ardent Craft Ales
Berliner Weisse

Belgian Ale
First Place
Lake Anne Brewhouse
New Year’s Golden Ale

Second Place
Center of the Universe Brewing Company
Chic Saison

Third Place
Port City Brewing Company
Optimal Wit

Trappist Ale
First Place
Extra Billy’s Smokehoue & Brewery
Tripel Overtime

Second Place
Garden Grove Brewing Company
Minor Threat and the Funkadelic 4

Third Place
Garden Grove Brewing Company
Barrel Aged Death

Historical, Alternative, and American Wild Ale
First Place
Coelacanth Brewing Company
Passion Fruit Gose

Second Place
Spencer Devon Brewing
Ol’Goseanna

Third Place
Pro Re Nata Brewing Company
Go Johnny Gose

Wood Aged and Smoked Beers
First Place
Studio Brew
Bourbon Barrel Furguson

Second Place
Legend Brewing Company
Bourbon Barrel Brown Ale

Third Place
Maltese Brewing Company
Barrel Aged Joe’s Stout

Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
First Place
Great Valley Farm Brewery
Lemongrass Basil Saison

Second Place
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Great Commander Imperial Stout

Third Place
The Bold Mariner Brewing Company
Baja Roasted Ale

Fruit Beer
First Place
Trapezium Brewing Company
Strawberry Blonde

Second Place
BadWolf Brewing Company
Mother Pucker

Third Place
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Area 151

Specialty Beer
First Place
Benchtop Brewing Company
Trial of Dmitri

Second Place
Wasserhund Brewing Company
Haagen Dog Stout

Third Place
Fair Winds Brewing Company
Siren’s Lure

Award winners will be featuring their beers in their tasting rooms, at festivals and through their wholesale and retail partners. The VCBG encourages craft beer enthusiasts to tour these breweries and sample these great craft beers. To learn more about these breweries and plan your next trip, visit our craft brewery directory at http://virginiacraftbrewers.org/guild.aspx or go to the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s craft beer site to plan your next weekend or vacation www.virginia.org/craftbeer/.
The VCBG also encourages anyone interested in tasting many of these award-winning beers at one place to register for the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest coming up on August 19 in Charlottesville, VA – www.vacraftbrewersfest.com.

The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (Guild) is an association of independent, small and commercial breweries dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth. The Guild is the state affiliate of the Brewers Association. For information of the Beer Judge Certification Program, go to http://www.bjcp.org/. For more information on the Guild, go to www.vacraftbeer.com and www.vacraftbrewersguild.com.