Kriek from Brouwerij Oud Beersel took home the gold "Best of Show" medal Saturday at the second annual International Beer Fest at the I-X Center in Cleveland. The other "Best of Show" winners were: Grumpy Monk from Samuel Adams (silver), and Pale Bock Lager from Dundee Brewing Co. (bronze).
The giant beer festival featured a judged competition with the "gold" winners in each style category facing off for the "Best of Show" honors.
There were 330 beers entered in the competition -- a relatively low number. For comparison, the 2012 World Beer Cup had 3,921.
Plenty of Ohio breweries took home awards. Fat Heads Brewery won five medals. Its Head Hunter IPA continued its hot streak in competition, winning a gold. Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland, Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron, Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland and Willoughby Brewing Co. in Willoughby each won four medals.
Here's the rundown of Ohio winners (a full list of winners and all the categories should be available soon on the festival website):
Market Garden Brewery: Trouble, gold; Pearl Street Wheat, gold; Forest City Brown Ale, silver; and Boss Amber Lager, bronze.
Hoppin' Frog Brewery: Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher Imperial Stout, gold; Hop Heathen Imperial Black Ale, silver; Outta Kilter Scotch Red, bronze; and Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale, bronze.
Great Lakes Brewing Co.: Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, gold; Eliot Ness Amber Lager, silver; Burning River Pale Ale, bronze; and Barrel Aged Blackout Stout, bronze.
Fat Heads Brewery: Head Hunter IPA, gold; Hop JuJu Double IPA, gold; Kohlminator, gold; Zeus Juice, silver; and Battle Axe Baltic Porter, bronze.
The Brew Kettle in Strongsville: Jack Hammer, gold; Four C's, silver; and Summer Soulstice, bronze.
Lager Heads Brewing Co. in Medina: Wild Banshee, bronze; and Tyranny, bronze.
Willoughby Brewing Co.: Rusty Rail, gold; Moonshadow IPA, silver; Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, bronze; and Hopnotic, bronze.
Buckeye Brewing Co. in Cleveland: Martian, gold; and Cleveland IPA, bronze.
Rivertown Brewing Co. in Cincinnati: Roebling, gold; and Lambic, bronze.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron: Whippet Wheat, silver; and Labrador Lager, bronze.
Elevator Brewing Co. in Columbus: Winter Warmer, silver; and Mogabi Hoppy Wheat Ale, bronze.