All hail Market Garden Prosperity Wheat.
The Bavarian-style hefeweizen took home the top honor this week at the Ohio Craft Brewers Cup -- a new beer competition that focuses only on Ohio-made beers. Prosperity Wheat was selected as the "Best of Show" at the judged event, which took place Monday (July 23) at the Dayton Beer Co. in Dayton. The awards were announced today. (July 28)
Prosperity Wheat bested about 220 other craft beers that were entered by 40 breweries around the state -- along with the brewing program at Cincinnati State. The beers were tasted blind in 23 categories, with each gold medal-winning brew moving onto a final "best of show" table judged by Warped Wing Brewing brewmaster John Haggerty, Rhinegeist Brewery chief science officer Jim Matt and Pretentious Barrel House brewer and founder Josh Martinez.
They knocked off beers one by one until they were down to four. That's when Haggerty learned his Grape Creek Must Barley Wine Ale was one of the remaining beers after the judges asked organizers for more specific details about the beer.
He stepped aside, leaving Matt and Martinez to select the ultimate winner. They went back and forth between Grape Creek Must and Prosperity Wheat before choosing the hefeweizen.
"I wouldn't expect a wheat beer to win in 2018," Martinez said. "I haven't had anything that balanced in awhile."
The judges remarked how difficult it was to whittle the final table.
"Whoever wins this thing ..." Haggerty said at one point.
"You've earned it," Matt interjected.
The Ohio Craft Brewers Cup, organized by Dayton Beer founder Pete Hilgeman, featured professional brewers and beer writers serving as judges. (I was one of the judges.) The most entered categories were: European lager (20), fruit beers (19) and American IPA (18).
Hilgeman plans to organize the competition again next year and ultimately wants to host a festival showcasing the award-winning beers.
"I think it went really well," he said about the first year.
Here's a look at all the winners by category:
Gold: Mother Stewart's Oktoberfest
Silver: Akronym Windigo Red IPA
Bronze: Maize Valley Amber Ale
American Light Ale
Gold: Ill Mannered Ill Mamma Slamma
Silver: Municipal Brew Works Approachable Blonde
Bronze: Lineage Brewing Wake Life
Gold: Fretboard Peso in My Hand
Silver: Akronym Kernal of Truth
Bronze: Devil Wind Buccaneer
American Pale Ale
Gold: Upside 882
Silver: Yellow Springs Zoetic
Bronze: Maize Valley Loral or Yanni
Gold: MadTree Entropic Theory
Silver: North High Mr. Fahrenheit
Bronze: Yellow Springs Boat Show
Gold: Hansa Wit Wit
Silver: Cincinnati State Peko
Bronze: Maize Valley Monk in Public
Gold: Modern Methods Farmhouse 908
Silver: Little Fish Saison Du Poisson
Bronze: Ill Mannered Bringer of Joy
Gold: Yellow Springs Carpet Nap
Silver: Cincinnati State Chit Happens
Bronze: Brink Hold the Reins
Gold: Wolf's Ridge Clear Sky Daybreak
Silver: Pretentious Derisive with Coffee
Bronze: Municipal True West Coffee Porter
Gold: Hansa Black Flag Schwarzbier
Silver: Market Garden Nano OG Lager
Bronze: Sandy Springs Brewing Maaaay Bock
Gold: Heavier than Air Balloon Factory
Silver: Yellow Springs Sunwave Belgian IPA
Bronze: Hansa Femdom Kolsch
Gold: Jolly Scholar POG
Silver: Hansa Mr. Meeseeks
Bronze: Lineage Brewing Tango and Bernice
Gold: Fifth Street Ludwigs Kolsch
Silver: Maize Valley Alt-nerative Plan
Bronze: Wolf's Ridge Kolsch
Gold: Dayton Gem City Lager with Jalapeno
Silver: Wolf's Ridge Yub Nub
Bronze: Little Fish Passionfruit-habby Reinheitsgewhat
Gold: Akronym Fyxation
Silver: HiHO MadHo 2.0
Bronze: Combustion Now Were Talking DIPA
Gold: Yellow Springs Maxxout Stout
Silver: Cincinnati State Sugar Hill Gang
Bronze: Phoenix Mary Jane Chai Baltic Porter
Gold: Brink Afterglow
Silver: Rhinegeist Cloud 5
Bronze: Devil Wind Heading West
Gold: Ill Mannered Malt Tank
Silver: Wolf's Ridge Buchenrach
Bronze: Phoenix Tipped Tombstone Scotch Ale
Gold: Pretentious Sybarite with Cherries
Silver: Pretentious Sybarite
Bronze: MadTree Boysen the Wood
Gold: Crooked Handle Roadside Peanut Butter Porter
Silver: MadTree Cucumberweisser
Bronze: Dayton Lobo Loco
Gold: Heavier than Air Mccook
Silver: Brink Moozie
Bronze: Modern Methods Roast Beast
Gold: Market Garden Prosperity Wheat
Silver: Railroad 13th Warrior
Bronze: Thirsty Dog Whippet Wheat
Wood Barrel Aged
Gold: Warped Wing Grape Creek Must
Silver: Fifth Street Keep It
Bronze: Pretentious Magnanimous
The competition also handed out regional awards and awards based on the size of the brewery:
West Central: Yellow Springs
Southeast: Little Fish
Northwest: Modern Methods
Central: Wolf's Ridge
Greater Cleveland: Hansa
Large (15,000-plus barrels): MadTree
Medium (5,000-14,999): Market Garden
Small (1,000-4,999): Yellow Springs
Nano (<1,000): Hansa
Market Garden Prosperity Wheat wins Ohio Craft Brewers Cup
All hail Market Garden Prosperity Wheat.