Local Brewery Wins Three Medals at America's Largest International Beer Fest

This past weekend, in a galaxy far, far away, one of our local breweries took home some hardware at the 13th Great International Beer Competition (part of the Great International Beer Festival).

great_international_beer_festivalHeld in Providence, Rhode Island, the Great International Beer Festival proclaims itself to be “America’s Largest International Beer Festival.” The event was attended by an estimated 7,000 people, so it certainly does not compare to the GABF or even our own Washington Brewers Festival, which usually draws twice that number. Still, a crowd of 7,000 is not insignificant.

Looking at the list of participating breweries, this event seems to focus on American craft beer more than international beer. Some of the breweries are familiar to us left-coasters — for instance, Dogfish Head Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing, and Victory Brewing. Others are less familiar — Harpoon Brewery, Narragansett Brewing, Opa Opa Brewing, Cottrell Brewing, and Newport Storm Brewing, for example.

In addition to being a brew festival, this was a professionally judged beer competition. We are still waiting for complete details about the total number of breweries involved and the total number of beers entered into the competition, but we do know that Redhook brought home three medals. The judges awarded Redhook a gold medal for Long Hammer IPA, a silver medal for the German Weiss, and a bronze for Slim Chance.

I know what many of you are thinking. Redhook has a production brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but I still think of them as a Washington brewery. Redhook’s ties to the Washington beer scene are unmistakable. The brewmaster in Portsmouth, Doug MacNair, is a Washington native (Interlake High School, Whitman College) who started brewing for Redhook back in the 80s. Paul Shipman’s place in the Washington beer pantheon is secure.

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Yes, I know that many of you will scratch your heads and question whether Redhook should be thought of as a Washington craft brewery anymore, and I am quite familiar with the disdain that Redhook’s relationship with Anheuser Busch has fostered in the hearts of many craft beer purists, but this is a slow news Monday. After the past few weeks, and all the bad news I’ve had to report, I just thought it would be nice to share some happy news.

Cheers to Doug and his crew at Redhook’s eastern outpost. They might be 3,000 miles away from the spawning grounds, but they’re still pumping out award winning beers.

FOLLOW UP – We now have the complete list of winners. Read the entire article to see the list of winners.

Here are the complete results, with plenty of typos:

WHEAT BEER — BELGIAN
1) Southampton Double White, Southampton Brewing, Southampton, NY
2) Redhook Schmidty’s Vice, Redhook Ale Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
3) Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, Coors Brewing, Golden, CO

WHEAT BEER — GERMAN & AMERICAN
1) Samuel Adams Dunkleweizen, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
2) Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale, Rogue Ales, Portland, OR
3) Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA

LIGHT ALES
1) Offshore East Chop Lighthouse, Offshore Ale Co., Oak Bluffs, MA
2) Trinity Kölsch, Trinity Brewhouse, Providence, RI
3) Redhook Slim Chance, Redhook Ale Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

ENGLISH PALE ALE/BITTER
1) Martha’s Exchange McGann’s London Ale, Martha’s Exchange, Nashua, NH
2) Jasper Murdock’s Old Slipperyskin, Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse/Norwich Inn, Norwich, VT
3) Boston Beer Works (Fenway) King’s Chapel Imperial ESB, Slesar Brothers Brewing, Boston, MA

AMERICAN PALE ALE
1) Redhook Long Hammer IPA, Redhook Ale Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
2) Jasper Murdock’s First Pick, Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse/Norwich Inn, Norwich, VT
3) Gardner Chair City Pale Ale, Gardner Ale House, Gardner, MA

AMERICAN AMBER ALE
1) Ithaca CascaZilla Red Ale, Ithaca Beer Co., Ithaca, NY
2) Rogue American  CONTACT _Con-3AF84344370 c s l Amber, Rogue Ales, Portland, OR
3) Cricket Hill American Ale, Cricket Hill Brewing, Fairfield, NJ

INDIA PALE ALE
1) Willimantic Junk Mail IPA, Willimantic Brewing, Willimantic, CT
2) Trinity IPA, Trinity Brewhouse, Providence, RI
3) Boston Beer Works (Fenway) Slash & Burn Double IPA, Slesar Brothers Brewing, Boston, MA

BROWN ALE
1) Jasper Murdock’s Famous Sidekick, Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse/Norwich Inn, Norwich, VT
2) John Harvard’s Nut Brown Ale, John Harvard’s Brew House, Manchester, CT
3) Milly’s Castlefield Northern English Brown, Milly’s Tavern, Manchester, NH

PORTER
1) Southampton Imperial Porter, Southampton Brewing, Southampton, NY
2) Rogue Mocha Porter, Rogue Ales, Portland, OR
3) Long Trail Imperial Porter, Long Trail Brewing, Bridgewater Corners, VT

STOUT
1) Pike 5X Stout, Pike Brewing, Seattle, WA
2) Rogue Chocolate Stout, Rogue Ales, Portland, OR
3) Rogue Shakespeare Stout Rogue Ales, Portland, OR

LAGER
1) Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
2) Kingfisher Premium Lager, Saratoga Brewing, Saratoga Springs, NY
3) Rogue Kell’s Irish Lager, Rogue Ales, Portland, OR

AMBER LAGER
1) Cambridge House Ominous Forecast, Cambridge House, Granby, CT
2) Boston Beer Works (Canal Street) Black Rider, Slesar Brothers Brewing, Boston, MA
3) Harpoon Munich Dark, Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA

OKTOBERFEST
1) Samuel Adams Octoberfest, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
2) Olde Saratoga Lager, Saratoga Brewing, Saratoga Springs, MY
3) Rogue Maierfest, Rogue Ales, Portland, OR

STRONG BEER — OTHER
1) Trinity Imperial Red, Trinity Brewhouse, Providence, RI
2) Lake Placid Ubu Ale, Lake Placid Brewing, Lake Placid, NY
3) Watch City Pazuzu Ale, Watch City Brewing, Waltham, MA

STRONG BEER — IMPERIAL IPA
1) Gardner Face-off Double IPA, Gardner Ale House, Gardner, MA
2) Rogue I2PA, Rogue Ales, Portland, OR
3) Ithaca Alphalpha, Ithaca Beer Co., Ithaca, NY

STRONG BEER — LAGER
1) Samuel Adams Double Bock, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
2) Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner, Rogue Ales, Portland, OR
3) Boston Beer Works (Canal Street) Double Bock, Slesar Brothers Brewing, Boston, MA

STRONG BEER — MIXED STYLES
1) Samuel Adams Imperial Stout, Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
2) Olde Burnside Ten Penny Ale Reserve, Olde Burnside Brewing, East Hartford, CT
3) Southampton Abbot 12, Southampton Brewing, Southampton, NY

FRUIT/SPICE — LAGERS & BELGIAN ALES
1) Southampton Cuvée des Fleurs, Southampton Brewing, Southampton, NY
2) Southampton Saison, Southampton Brewing, Southampton, NY
3) Trinity Belgian Pumpkin, Trinity Brewhouse, Providence, RI

FRUIT/SPICE: ALES
1) Watch City Beejeezus Hop Crisis BPA, Watch City Brewing, Waltham, MA
2) Trinity Baltic Porter, Trinity Brewhouse, Providence, RI
3) Boston Beer Works (Canal Street) Cherry Bomb, Slesar Brothers Brewing, Boston, MA



6 comments

  1. ah sorry to do this but I would like to point out a few things here:

    First, some help with Red Hook being a WA brewer. Look at a pic of their stand at the competition, http://blog.redhook.com/?p=214. It displays the Seattle Space Needle. So it’s good to know that with Red Hook, home is where the heart is.

    If you look further into the list you have incorrectly named the winning beers:
    * Gold: Extra Strong Bitter Ale category – Redhook ESB
    * Silver: Barley Wine Style Ale category – Redhook Treblehook
    * Bronze: South German Style Hefeweizen category – Redhook Weizen

    But back to the good news (completing your update sandwich) 2 of the winning ales (ESB and Treblehook) are listed from the WA brewery.

  2. ah sorry to do this but I would like to point out a few things here:

    First, some help with Red Hook being a WA brewer. Look at a pic of their stand at the competition, http://blog.redhook.com/?p=214. It displays the Seattle Space Needle. So it’s good to know that with Red Hook, home is where the heart is.

    If you look further into the list you have incorrectly named the winning beers:
    * Gold: Extra Strong Bitter Ale category – Redhook ESB
    * Silver: Barley Wine Style Ale category – Redhook Treblehook
    * Bronze: South German Style Hefeweizen category – Redhook Weizen

    But back to the good news (completing your update sandwich) 2 of the winning ales (ESB and Treblehook) are listed from the WA brewery.

  3. Travis, I’m sorry. I suppose I should have done a better job of pointing out the difference. The Great American Beer Festival is held every September in Denver, CO. It is the largest beer festival in North America. The results that you mention are from the 2009 Great American Beer Festival.

    The Great International Beer Festival is held every year in Providence, RI. The Great American Beer Festival results were announced on September 26th. The results from the Great International Beer Festival’s Great International Beer Competition have not yet been officially announced. Incomplete though it may be, the source of my information was an old friend who, suffice it to say, works at a brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

    As soon as the complete and official information arrives, I’ll share any additional details. I’m sorry for the confusion. GIBF, not GABF.

  4. Travis, I’m sorry. I suppose I should have done a better job of pointing out the difference. The Great American Beer Festival is held every September in Denver, CO. It is the largest beer festival in North America. The results that you mention are from the 2009 Great American Beer Festival.

    The Great International Beer Festival is held every year in Providence, RI. The Great American Beer Festival results were announced on September 26th. The results from the Great International Beer Festival’s Great International Beer Competition have not yet been officially announced. Incomplete though it may be, the source of my information was an old friend who, suffice it to say, works at a brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

    As soon as the complete and official information arrives, I’ll share any additional details. I’m sorry for the confusion. GIBF, not GABF.

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