Breweries from the Commonwealth of Virginia did very well at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. My hometown brewer, Port City Brewing Co. here in Alexandria, took home gold for its Optimal Wit. I really enjoy it in late spring and early fall when there is just a sligtht coolness in the air.
Lost Rhino Brewing Co. in Ashburn won for Rhinofest, a märzen beer. I have not tried that yet and probably blew it for this year. It’s a shame, I was out that way twice in the last month or so.
Outside of Northern Virginia, Lexington’s Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company won in the American-Style Dark Lager and Belgian- and French-Style Ale categories with Old Virginia Dark and Azreal, respectively. Additionally:
Just announced: Devils Backbone has just been awarded the 2013 Small Brewery and Small Brewery Brewer of the Year… http://t.co/wxTFPYQrGr
— Devils Backbone (@dbbrewingco) October 12, 2013
I suppose it is my good fortune that my favorite styles of beer, märzen and Vienna style lager, is brewed so well locally/regionally because Port City took the silver for it’s Oktoberfest, though in the Vienna style. Sadly, they were out of it at the brewery yesterday, next year I’ll get a whole case. Or two. Great American Restaurants (Carlye, Coastal Flats, Mike’s American, among others) earned the silver for Octoberfest in the German-Style Märzen category.
Maryland’s one medal also came in German-Style Märzen with Dogtober by Flying Dog (Frederick, Md.) claiming the bronze. It isn’t my favorite, but I love the Ralph Stedman labels.
Though it did not medal, the Devil’s Backbone Vienna Lager is also very good and at last check, on tap at the Vienna Inn. That’s also available year round.
Here are all the beers, sorted by medal:
|Rhinofest||Lost Rhino Brewing Co.||German-Style Märzen|
|Old Virginia Dark||Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp||American-Style Dark Lager|
|Optimal Wit||Port City Brewing Co.||Belgian-Style Witbier|
|Azreal||Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost||Belgian- and French-Style Ale|
|Gold Leaf Lager||Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp||American-Style or International-Style Pilsener|
|Oktoberfest||Port City Brewing Co.||Vienna-Style Lager|
|Optimal Wit||Great American Restaurants||German-Style Märzen|
|Berliner Metro Weiss||Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost||German-Style Sour Ale|
|Rum Barrel Belgian Dubbel Style Ale||Three Brothers Brewing||Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer|
|COLOSSAL ONE||Port City Brewing Co.||Aged Beer|
|COLOSSAL TWO||Port City Brewing Co.||Smoke Beer|
|Danzig||Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp||Baltic-Style Porter|
|Notch 9 Double IPA||Smartmouth Brewing Co.||Imperial India Pale Ale|
|Ale of Fergus||Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost||English-Style Mild Ale|