Two Ohio breweries and a homebrewer from Hilliard won medals at the 2014 United States Open Beer Championship. The event, held in Atlanta, featured more than 3,000 beers and ciders from around the world.
Dayton Beer Co. in Kettering -- which just announced plans to open a new production brewery in Dayton -- won a silver medal in the specialty "Out of Bounds IPA" category for its Batch 300. The beer also won a medal earlier this year at the Commonwealth Cup competition at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest in Lexington, Ky.
"It’s one of our most popular beers," owner and brewer Pete Hilgeman said. "I’m really blown away at the reception it’s getting and now the awards it’s winning. I’m really pleased with how that beer is coming out."
The beer is a Belgian-style IPA that clocks in at 7 percent alcohol by volume and 62 IBUs.
"It’s fairly aggressively dry-hopped so it’s got a ton of hoppy flavor that you would almost associate with American IPA and the Belgian yeast makes it pretty unique," Hilgeman said. "It’s predominately Summit and Simcoe hops and there’s just copious amounts in it ... It’s not going to be a hop bomb in terms of bitterness but in terms of flavor, it’s packed full of it."
The beer is available now at the brewery.
The Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati took home a gold in the vegetable category for its Fat Jack pumpkin beer and a silver in the bock/maibock category for its Double Bock.
Meanwhile, Jeff Lewis of Hilliard, a member of the Scioto, Olentangy & Darby Zymurgists (SODZ), received a bronze for his Brandy's Black Lab Lager in the schwarzbier category. He was invited to compete because he had won a gold medal at the American Homebrewers Association's National Hombrew Competition last year.
Wormtown Brewery in Worcester, Mass.,was named Grand National Champion, winning three gold medals and one silver medal. Wormtown uses Massachusetts-grown ingredients in every beer it brews. Stone Brewing of Escondido, Calif., tied two-time Grand National Champion Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Ore., for second-place honors.
For more details, including a rundown of all the winners, click here.