Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens took home the top People's Choice award at the sixth annual Ohio Brew Week, which was held last week. The brewpub won first for its Kentucky Monk, a 10-percent, Belgian-style tripel aged in bourbon barrels. The other People's Choice winners were: second, 12 Dogs of Christmas bourbon barrel-aged from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron, and third, Javelin American Amber Rye from Black Box Brewing Co. in Westlake. Other awards went to: best bartender: Julie Flint of the Smiling Skull Saloon; best server: Julie Sparhawk of the Oak Room; and best food of the week: Restaurant Salaam. At the Dog Days Talent Show, two dogs finished in a tie for the "Dog that Best Represents a Thirsty Dog" price, which includes a chance to be on a beer label: Scout, a mixed breed owned by Dan Whiteley; and Lilly Neustein, an English bulldog owned by Sam Hook. (See photo below.) You also can find a list of winners from the homebrew competition by clicking here.
Samantha Hook with her dog Lilly, left, Dan Whiteley and Angela Higgins with Scout, and Thirsty Dog owner John Najeway pose for a photo during the Dog Days Talent Show at W.G. Grinders in Athens, Ohio, as part of Ohio Brew Week on Thursday, July 14, 2011. Najeway helped judge the winners of the competition in several categories, including these winners who most represent a "Thirsty Dog" and who will have the chance to be featured on a Thirsty Dog label. (Photo courtesy of Lydia S. Deakin and Ohio Brew Week)