Millersburg Brewing Co. took home the People’s Choice award for best brewery/beers and the judge’s award for best beer for its Doc’s Scotch Ale at the third annual Rhythm & Brews beer tasting in Canton.
Brewer Marty Lindon accepted both awards, saying he appreciated the confidence shown in the brewery.
“We look forward to coming back next year,” he said.
The event, held Thursday night at the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, supported Arc of Ohio-Stark County.
Judges — there were four, including myself and Karen Bujak who writes for the Great Lakes Brewing News — were tasked with ranking eight beers. Each participating brewery and beer distributor nominated a beer for the judging, which involved sampling and picking a favorite as opposed to grading on a BJCP scale.
Millersburg Doc’s Scotch Ale, which is 9 percent alcohol by volume and features a pleasant smoky finish, took home the top prize when all the scores were tallied. It was the second year in a row that Millersburg won the best beer award.
The New Belgium/Odell FOCOllaboration finished second, while The Brew Kettle’s Summer Soulstice was third.
The other options, in no particular order, were: Shock Top Lemon Shandy, Maize Valley Pale Ale, 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die, Great Lakes Wright Pils and Flying Monkeys The Chocolate Manifesto.
As for the People's Choice award, beer drinkers put -- donated -- dollar bills in bins at each booth to vote for their favorite. Millersburg took in the most money for Arc.
The participating breweries and distributors were: Millersburg, Maize Valley (it was the winery-brewery’s first public event), Great Lakes, The Brew Kettle, Anheuser-Busch Sales of Canton, Superior Beverage, Esber Beverage and Heidelberg Distributing. Lager Heads Brewing also was scheduled to participate but there was a mix-up and its beer wasn’t available.
The event also featured plenty of food from local restaurants and live music.