Sunday, August 25, 2013

Devils Backbone repeats at VA Craft Brewers Fest

Saturday was the second annual running of the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest, held on the grounds of the Devils Backbone Brewpub, in Roseland (Nelson County), Virginia, presented by the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.

Virginia 'craft' beer business is booming. According to the AP, production in Virginia grew nearly 37 percent in 2012, to more than 84,000 barrels (more than double the national growth rate of 15 percent). There are more than fifty breweries 1 currently operating in the state; thirty-three breweries participated in the Fest. And more than 2,200 Virginia-beer fans attended.

As part of the day's festivities, twenty judges assessed 131 Virginia-brewery beers, in fourteen different categories, awarding gold (1st place), silver (2nd place), and bronze (3rd place) medals. Of those, they selected three overall Best of Show winners, awarding the 2013 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup. For the second year in row, Devils Backbone reigned victorious.

The Winners

In addition to its Virginia Craft Beer Cup win, host Devils Backbone took the most golds, four (and the most overall, eight). Blue Mountain took two golds (and six medals overall). Wolf Hills took two golds (and three medals overall). Fifteen more breweries were awarded two medals apiece.

The northern Virginia area 2 is this blog's home territory. Of the seven northern Virginia breweries entered —22% of the thirty-three Virginia breweries participating— one accrued one gold medal (Port City, for its Optimal Wit) and all garnered a total of seven medals: 15% of the total awarded.

Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) 'master' judge Tom Cannon did a good job whittling down the unwieldy 75 categories of the Great American Beer Festival (which are further divided into sub-categories) into a more reasonable and meaningful set of 14 categories 3 for the Virginia Craft Beer Fest.

Virginia Craft Brewers Fest 2013

Congratulations to Devils Backbone (and to River Company and Hardywood), the best of Virginia least until next year! And, congratulations to all the winning breweries and brewers: thank you for brewing us good Virginia beer.
  • Light & Amber Hybrid
  • European Malty Lagers
    • Gold: Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Roseland)
      Schwarz Bier
    • Silver: Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet)
      Jomo Lager
    • Bronze: Mad Fox Brewing Company (Falls Church)
      Elixer Maibock

  • Pilsner & Light Lager
  • British Session Ale
    • Gold: Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Roseland)
      Ale of Fergus
    • Silver: River Company Brewing (Fairlawn)
      Timber Brown Ale
    • Bronze: Blue & Gray Brewing Company (Fredericksburg)
      Fred Red

  • American Ale
  • Porter & Stout
  • English & American IPA
    • Gold: Extra Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery (Midlothian)
      Citra Ass Down
    • Silver: Center of the Universe Brewing (Ashland)
    • Bronze: Legend Brewing Company (Richmond)

  • German Wheat and Rye Beer
    • Gold: Strangeways Brewing (Richmond)
      Mixolydian Rag Rye Bock
    • Silver: Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Roseland)
    • Bronze: Lost Rhino Brewing Company (Ashburn)
      Final Glyde Hefe

  • Belgian Sour Strong Ales
    • Gold: Wolf Hills Brewing (Abingdon)
    • Silver: Apocalypse Ale Works (Forest)
      The Lustful Maiden
    • Bronze: Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Abingdon)
      Blonde Honey

    Port City Brewing at 2013 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest

  • Belgian & French Ale
  • Strong Ales
    • Gold: Three Brothers Brewing (Harrisonburg)
      The Admiral
    • Silver: Smartmouth Brewing Company (Norfolk)
      Notch 9
    • Bronze: Devils Backbone Brewing Outpost (Roseland)
      Kilt Flasher

  • Smoked Flavored & Wood Aged
    • Gold: Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Roseland)
      Smokehaus Lager
    • Silver: Blue Mountain Barrel House (Arrington)
      Barrel Aged Big Blue
    • Bronze: Three Brothers Brewing (Harrisonburg)
      Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial

  • Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable
    • Gold: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond)
      Gingerbread Stout
    • Silver: Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Roseland)
      Rear Lager
    • Bronze: Blue Mountain Barrel House (Arrington)

  • Specialty
    • Gold: River Company Brewing (Fairlawn)
      Wood Dog Porter
    • Silver: Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton)
      Rye Barchetta
    • Bronze: Strangeways Brewing (Richmond)
      Wallonian Dawn Honey Saison

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