All the professional sports leagues have some sort of comeback player of the year award. You know, that honor that goes to the guy or gal who has overcome a serious injury or just plain stunk the season before.
Well, perhaps beer needs a Comeback Beer of the Year Award. At least for this year.
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron resurrected Gulden Fraug Belgian-Style Ale earlier this year after shelving the recipe years ago.
Now, it’s a grand champion. The U.S. Beer Tasting Championship selected Gulden Fraug as the best beer in the Belgian/French specialty category during its summer session.
“It has super-smooth malt flavors complemented by traditional imported ingredients and a slightly spicy character, making this European celebration-style beer unique and refreshing,” Hoppin’ Frog owner and brewer Fred Karm said in a recent email announcing the award.
Gulden Fraug was one of Hoppin’ Frog’s original four beers when the Akron brewery opened in 2006. But the beer — which clocks in at a healthy 10.5 percent alcohol by volume — was fermenting differently from batch to batch back then so it was cut loose. Karm brought the beer back after realizing the brewery had improved its skillset dealing with higher alcohol beers.
Gulden Fraug is available in bottles and on draft at the Hoppin’ Frog Tasting Room.
To check out all the U.S. Beer Tasting Championship winners, click here.