Firestone Walker Lil Opal took home the top prize in The Brewing News' annual Global Warming Open, which wrapped up Monday. (July 14) The beer, a barrel-aged saison, bested Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale in the championship match.
The competition operates similar to an NCAA March Madness basketball bracket, with beers pitted against each other until there is only one left standing. Beer judges determine which beer moves on.
The goal is to determine the most refreshing summer beer in the country. Six Ohio beers were entered this year: Fat Head’s Bumble Berry (which won the competition in 2010), Fat Head’s Zest for Breasts, Buckeye Sunstream, Buckeye Meh, Hoppin’ Frog Turbo Shandy and Willoughby Hazy Days TownHall Edition.
For more details, including a look at the full bracket, click here.