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Connecticut Brewers Lauded for Their Brews: Great International Beer & Cider Competition 2015 Winners

Congratulations to all the Connecticut craft brewers and their award winning beers!  Our state was awarded:

  • First Place in 10 categories
  • Second Place in 5 categories
  • Third Place in 6 categories

Two Roads - Eight 1st Place - Three 2nd Place - Two 3rd Place

1st Place - Honeyspot Road - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (WHEAT - 1A - AMERICAN)

1st Place - No Limits - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (WHEAT - 1B - GERMAN)

1st Place - Route of all Evil - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (BLACK IPA - 6A)

1st Place - Igor’s Dream - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (STRONG - 13L - RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT)

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1st Place - Kriek - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (SOUR/WILD BEERS - 14D - FRUIT LAMBIC)

1st Place - Gueuze - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (SOUR/WILD BEERS - 14E - LAMBIC)

1st Place - Philsamic - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (SOUR/WILD BEERS - 14C - FLANDERS RED) 

1st Place - Worker’s Stomp - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (BELGIAN/FRENCH - 15G - SAISON)

2nd Place - Ol’ Factory Pils - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (LAGER - 10B - CONTINENTAL PILSNER)

2nd Place - Henry’s Farm - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (STRONG - 13F - DOUBLEBOCK)

2nd Place - Holiday Ale - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (BELGIAN/FRENCH - 15C - BIERE DE GARDE)

3rd Place - Krazy Pucker - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (SOUR/WILD BEERS - 14B - BERLINER WEISSE)

3rd Place - Via Cordis - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT (BELGIAN/FRENCH - 15E - BELGIAN BLONDE)

FireFly Hollow  - Two 1st Place - One 2nd Place

1st Place - Train’s Best - Firefly Hollow Brewing - Bristol, CT (BRITISH/IRISH ALE - 3B - ENGLISH ESB)

1st Place - Moonrise - Firefly Hollow Brewing - Bristol, CT (AMERICAN AMBER ALE - 5A)

2nd Place - Red Lantern - Firefly Hollow Brewing - Bristol, CT (BRITISH/IRISH ALE - 3C - IRISH RED)

 

Brü Rm. @ BAR - One 3rd Place

3rd Place - Harvest Brown Ale - Brü Rm. @ BAR - New Haven, CT (BROWN/COPPER ALE - 7B-C-D-E - MIXED: ENGLISH MILD/NORTHERN BROWN/GERMAN ALT)

 

Relic - One 2nd Place

2nd Place - Rococo Belgian Dark Strong - Relic Brewing - Plainville, CT (STRONG - 13C - BELGIAN DARK STRONG)

 

Thomas Hooker  - Two 3rd Place

3rd Place - Liberator Doublebock - Thomas Hooker Brewing - Bloomfield, CT  (STRONG - 13F - DOUBLEBOCK)

3rd Place - Tenacious Belgian IPA - Thomas Hooker Brewing - Bloomfield, CT (BELGIAN/FRENCH - 15B - BELGIAN PALE ALE)

Cottrell - One 3rd Place 

3rd Place - Perry’s Revenge - Cottrell Brewing - Pawcatuck, CT (STRONG - 13L - SCOTCH ALE)

 

The 19th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition was held on Friday, October 23, 2015, in Providence, Rhode Island, one day before the 22nd Annual Great International Beer Festival. Festivals of America produced both events. New England beer newspaper Yankee Brew News was the media sponsor of the competition.

 

Six hundred eighty (680) beers and ciders from breweries and cideries across the U.S. and from around the world entered the competition. One hundred-twenty (120) professional brewers, beer industry professionals (retail and distribution) and beer journalists acted as judges in a blind tasting format. First, second and third place awards were presented in 59 categories of ales, lagers and ciders. The judges knew only the style and subcategory of each beer and cider.

 

Since the competition began in 1997, over 2,000 beers and ciders have been judged. The awards were presented during the afternoon session of the beer festival, announced by Yankee Brew News Editor-in-Chief Gregg Glaser. On the floor of the festival, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, over 3,500 beer lovers were able to sample over 250 beers and ciders.

 

The 20th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition and the 23rd Annual Great International Beer Festival will take place in November 2015 in Providence. The Ninth Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival will take place April 9, 2016, in Providence —www.beerfestamerica.com.

 

The Complete winners list is below:

Great International Beer & Cider Competition

October 23, 2015 — Providence, RI

59 Award Categories

 

WHEAT - 1A - AMERICAN

1 - Honeyspot Road - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

2 - Leisure Time Wheat Lager - Jack’s Abby Brewing - Framingham, MA

3 - Miami Weiss - Franklin’s Brewery - Hyattsville, MD

 

WHEAT - 1B - GERMAN

1 - No Limits - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

2 - Hefeweizen - Kretschmann Brewing - Webster, MA

3 -Zeppelin Hefeweizen - Revival Brewing - Cranston, RI

 

WHEAT - 1C-D - WEIZENBOCK/DUNKELWEIZEN

1 - Weizenbock - Franklin’s Brewery - Hyattsville, MD

2 - Weizenbock - Kansas City Bier Co. - Kansas City, MO

3 - Hingham Hay-Rider - Hingham Beer Works - Hingham, MA

 

LIGHT ALE - 2B-E - MIXED: CREAM ALE/OTHER

1 - Saranac Gev IV Session IPA - FX Matt Brewing - Utica, NY

2 - Flagship - Grey Sail Brewing of RI - Westerly, RI

3 - Daytime - Lagunitas Brewing - Petaluma, CA

 

LIGHT ALE - 2D – KÖLSCH

1 – Kölsch - Trinity Brewhouse - Providence, RI

2 - Keene Kölsch - Elm City Brewing - Keene, NH

3 - Brewmaster 1635 Kölsch - Newburyport Brewing - Newburyport, MA

 

LIGHT ALE - 2C - GOLDEN

1 - Big Wave Golden Ale - Kona Brewing - Kailua-Kona, HI

2 - Vineyard Summer Ale - Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA

3 - Deckbeer - Northampton Brewing - Northampton, MA

 

BRITISH/IRISH ALE - 3A - ENGLISH BITTER

1 - Saranac Pale Ale - FX Matt Brewing - Utica, NY

2 - Uncle Bob’s - Riverwalk Brewing - Newburyport, MA

3 - Old Golden Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK

 

BRITISH/IRISH ALE - 3D - SCOTTISH

1 - Belhaven Scottish Oat Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK

2 - Whole Hog Scotch Ale - Stevens Point Brewery - Stevens Point, WI

3 - Belhaven Scottish Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK

 

BRITISH/IRISH ALE - 3B - ENGLISH ESB

1 - Train’s Best - Firefly Hollow Brewing - Bristol, CT

2 - Old Speckled Hen - Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK

3 - ESB - Redhook Ale Brewery - Portsmouth, NH

 

BRITISH/IRISH ALE - 3C - IRISH RED

1 - Samuel Adams Irish Red - Boston Beer Co. - Boston, MA

2 - Red Lantern - Firefly Hollow Brewing - Bristol, CT

3 - Murphy’s Red Ale - Murphy’s Brewery, Ireland

 

AMERICAN PALE ALE - 4A

1 - Stone Path Ale - John Harvard’s Brew House - Framingham, MA

2 - - Pale Ale - Newburyport Brewing - Newburyport, MA

3 - X.P.A. - Upstate Brewing - Elmira, NY

 

AMERICAN AMBER ALE - 5A

1 - Moonrise - Firefly Hollow Brewing - Bristol, CT

2 - BRR - Widmer Bros. Brewing - Portland, OR

3 - Santa’s Private Reserve - Rogue Ales & Spirits - Newport, OR

 

BLACK IPA - 6A

1 - Route of all Evil - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

2 - Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing - Cloverdale, CA

3 - Cantankerous Crow - Gardner Ale House - Gardner, MA

 

IPA - 6B

1 - Battle Axe IPA - Kelsen Brewing - Derry, NH

2 - Juggernaut IPA - Northampton Brewing - Northampton, MA

3 - Greyhound IPA - Northampton Brewing - Northampton, MA

 

BROWN/COPPER ALE - 7A - AMERICAN BROWN

1 - Paradigm Brown Ale - Kelsen Brewing - Derry, NH

2 - Leaf Raker - Mankato Brewing - North Mankato, MN

3 - Pecan Brown Ale - Main Street Brewing - Belleville, IL

 

BROWN/COPPER ALE - 7B-C-D-E - MIXED: ENGLISH MILD/NORTHERN BROWN/GERMAN ALT

1 - Squeaky Bike Nut Brown Ale - Moab Brewery - Moab, UT

2 - Anacostia Ale - Franklin’s Brewery - Hyattsville, MD

3 - Harvest Brown Ale - Brü Rm. @ BAR - New Haven, CT

 

PORTER - 8A - BROWN

1 - Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewery - Bend, OR

2 - UBU Ale - Lake Placid Brewing - Lake Placid, NY

3 - MV Porter - Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA

 

PORTER - 8B - ROBUST

1 - Porter - Appalachian Mountain Brewery - Boone, NC

2 - Raincloud Robust Porter - Foolproof Brewing - Pawtucket, RI

3 - Hingham Smoked Porter - Hingham Beer Works - Hingham, MA

 

STOUT - 9A

1 - Granite Stout - 603 Brewery - Londonderry, NH

2 - Black Cat Stout - Northampton Brewing - Northampton, MA

3 - The Raffi - Tilted Barn Brewery - Exeter, RI

 

LAGER - 10A - BOHEMIAN PILSNER

1 - Czechvar Lager - Budějovický Budvar, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

2 - Bohemian Pils - Von Trapp Brewing - Stowe, VT

3 - Bohemia - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, Mexico

 

LAGER - 10B - CONTINENTAL PILSNER

1 - Pepperell Pilsener - Banded Horn Brewing - Biddeford, ME

2 - Ol’ Factory Pils - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

3 - Pilsner - Paradox Brewery - Schroon Lake, NY

 

LAGER - 10D - HELLES

1 - Kato Beer - Mankato Brewing - N. Mankato, MN

2 - Longboard Lager - Kona Brewing - Kailua-Kona, HI

3 - House Lager - Jack’s Abby Brewing - Framingham, MA

 

LAGER - 10E - PREMIUM LAGER

1 - Birra Moretti - Birra Moretti Brewery - Udine, Italy, Italy

2 - Lager - Narragansett Brewing - Providence, RI

3 - Moosehead Lager - Moosehead Breweries - Saint John, NB, Canada

 

LAGER - 10F - DORTMUNDER/OTHER

1 - Wet Hop Pilz - Blue Point Brewing - Patchogue, NY

2 - Lagerhaus - Fort Hill Brewery - Easthampton, MA

3 - None awarded

 

AMBER/DARK LAGER - 11A - AMBER

1 - Toasted Lager - Blue Point Brewing - Patchogue, NY

2 - Red Flag - Fort Hill Brewery - Easthampton, MA

3 - Saranac Adirondack Lager - FX Matt Brewing - Utica, NY

 

AMBER/DARK LAGER - 11C - DUNKEL

1 - Dunkel - Kansas City Bier Co. - Kansas City, MO

2 - Rufous - Gardner Ale House - Gardner, MA

3 - Dorfbier - Urban Chestnut brewing - St. Louis, MO

 

AMBER/DARK LAGER - 11D - SCHWARZBIER

1- Smoke & Dagger - Jack’s Abby Brewing - Framingham, MA

2 - Anniversary Lager - Main Street Brewing - Belleville, IL

3 - Conundrum - Northampton Brewing - Northampton, MA

 

AMBER/DARK LAGER - 11B-E-F - MIXED: BOCK-VIENNA-OTHER

1 - Dead Guy - - Rogue Ales & Spirits - Newport, OR

2 - Session Fest - Full Sail Brewing - Hood River, OR

3 - Festbier - Kansas City Bier Co. - Kansas City, MO

 

OKTOBERFEST - 12A

1 - Oktoberfest - Wormtown Brewing - Worcester, MA

2 - Fest Lager - Paradox Brewery - Schroon Lake, NY

3 - Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Co. - Boston, MA

 

STRONG - 13B - BARLEYWINE

1 - Brewmaster 1635 American Barleywine - Newburyport Brewing - Newburyport, MA

2 - Old Bawdy Barleywine - Pike Brewing - Seattle, WA

3 - Tenebris - Adroit Theory Brewing - Purcellville, VA

 

STRONG - 13C - BELGIAN DARK STRONG

1 - 21st Anniversary Ale - Martha’s Exchange - Nashua NH

2 - Rococo Belgian Dark Strong - Relic Brewing - Plainville, CT

3 - Scaldis Amber - Brouwerij Dubuisson, Pipaix Belgium

 

STRONG - 13D - BELGIAN DUBBEL/TRIPEL

1 - Abbey Dubbel - Elm City Brewing - Keene, NH

2 - Tripel Fish - Roosterfish Brewing - Watkins Glen, NY

3 - Belgian Tripel - Gardner Ale House - Gardner, MA

 

STRONG - 13F - DOUBLEBOCK

1 - Samuel Adams Doublebock - Boston Beer Co. - Boston, MA

2 - Henry’s Farm - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

3 - Liberator Doublebock - Thomas Hooker Brewing - Bloomfield, CT

 

STRONG - 13H - IMPERIAL IPA

1 - The Chosen One Double IPA - Tilted Barn Brewery - Exeter, RI

2 - Prospect - Foley Bros. Brewing - Brandon, VT

3 - Canal Street Big Boy - Boston Beer Works - Boston, MA

 

STRONG - 13L - RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT   

1 - Igor’s Dream - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

2 - Darkness - Trinity Brewhouse - Providence, RI

3 - Russian Imperial Stout - Stone Brewing - Escondido, CA

 

STRONG - 13L - SCOTCH ALE

1 - Bo’s Scotch Ale - Milly’s Tavern - Manchester, NH

2 - Highland Hugh - Franklin’s Brewery - Hyattsville, MD

3 - Perry’s Revenge - Cottrell Brewing - Pawcatuck, CT

 

STRONG - 13M - OTHER

1 - Golden Delicouse - Captain Lawrence Brewing - Elmsford, NY

2 - Smashed Pumpkin - Shipyard Brewing - Portland, ME

3 - 97 Pound Weakling - Franklin’s Brewery - Hyattsville, MD

 

STRONG - 13A-E-I-J - MIXED: BALTIC PORTER-BELGIAN GOLDEN STRONG-IMPERIAL PILS-OLD ALE

1 - Pratt’s Strong Ale - Wormtown Brewing - Worcester, MA

2 - Fenway Redeemer - Boston Beer Works - Boston, MA

3 - Innesmouth Olde Ale - Narragansett Brewing - Providence, RI

 

SOUR/WILD BEERS - 14A - AMERICAN

1 - Urban Funk - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

2 - Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru - Boston Beer Co. - Boston, MA

3 - Psychedelic Smokehouse - Franklin’s Brewery - Hyattsville, MD

 

SOUR/WILD BEERS - 14B - BERLINER WEISSE

1 - Chambord du Nord - Framingham Beer Works - Framingham, MA

2 - Berliner Weisse - Wormtown Brewing - Worcester, MA

3 - Krazy Pucker - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

 

SOUR/WILD BEERS - 14C - FLANDERS RED BROWN

1 - Philsamic - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

2 - Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red - Boston Beer Co. - Boston, MA

3 - The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery - Bend, OR

 

SOUR/WILD BEERS - 14D - FRUIT LAMBIC

1 - Kriek - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

2 - LambickX - Brouwerij De Troch, Wambeek, Belgium

3 – None awarded

 

SOUR/WILD BEERS - 14E - LAMBIC

1 - Gueuze - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

2 - Viking Froach Scottish Sour - D9 Brewing - Cornelius, NC

3 - Ezekiel 25:17 Black Sour - D9 Brewing - Cornelius, NC

 

BELGIAN/FRENCH - 15A - WITBIER

1 - Worcester’s Bravest - Wormtown Brewing - Worcester, MA

2 - Plum Island White - Newburyport Brewing - Newburyport, MA

3 - Inedit Damm - Cervecería Damm - Barcelona, Spain

 

BELGIAN/FRENCH - 15B - BELGIAN PALE ALE

1 - Belgian Style Pale Ale - Bronx Brewery - Bronx, NY

2 - Affligem Blonde - Brouwerij De Smedt/Brouwerij Affligem, Opwijk, Belgium

3 - Tenacious Belgian IPA - Thomas Hooker Brewing - Bloomfield, CT

 

BELGIAN/FRENCH - 15C - BIERE DE GARDE

1 - Red Devils - Trinity Brewhouse - Providence, RI

2 - Holiday Ale - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

3 - Bière de Garde - Roosterfish Brewing - Watkins Glen, NY

 

BELGIAN/FRENCH - 15E - BELGIAN BLONDE

1 - Spencer Trappist Ale - Spencer Trappist Brewery - Spencer, MA

2 - Fuzzy Logic - Portico Brewing - Cambridge, MA

3 - Via Cordis - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

 

BELGIAN/FRENCH - 15F - SPECIALTY

1 - Belgeastie Boys - Franklin’s Brewery - Hyattsville, MD

2 - Apple Brown Betty - Martha’s Exchange - Nashua NH

3 - RIPTA Belgian Tripel IPA - Revival Brewing - Cranston, RI

 

BELGIAN/FRENCH - 15G - SAISON

1 - Worker’s Stomp - Two Roads Brewing - Stratford, CT

2 - Brewmaster 1635 Saison - Newburyport Brewing - Newburyport, MA

3 - Saison - Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA

 

GLUTEN REDUCED - 16B

1 - Omission IPA - Omission Beer - Portsmouth, NH

2 - Daura Damm - Cervecería Damm - Barcelona, Spain

3 - Omission Pale Ale - Omission Beer - Portsmouth, NH

 

GLUTEN FREE - 16A

1 - Farmer Willie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer - Farmer Willie’s - Truro, MA

2 - New City Original Ginger Beer - New City Brewery - Easthampton, MA

3 - None awarded

 

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS - 17A - ALE

1 - Cherry Picker - Franklin’s Brewery - Hyattsville, MD

2 - Coconut Porter - Maui Brewing - Kihei, HI

3 - Blueberry Wheat - Sea Dog Brewing - Portland, ME

 

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS - 17B - BELGIAN

1 - Belgian Strawberry - Trinity Brewhouse - Providence, RI

2 - Scaldis Pêche Mel - Brouwerij Dubuisson, Pipaix Belgium

3 - Samuel Adams American Kriek - Boston Beer Co. - Boston, MA

 

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS - 17C - LAGER

1 - Samuel Adams Porch Rocker - Boston Beer Co. - Boston, MA

2 - Union Station Blueberry - Union Station Brewery - Providence, RI

3 - Pumpkin Lager - Paradox Brewery - Schroon Lake, NY

 

CIDER - 18A - COMMON

1 - Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider - Angry Orchard Cider Co. - Cincinnati, OH

2 - Woodchuck Gumption - Woodchuck Hard Cider - Middlebury, VT

3 - Hard Cider - Cigar City Cider & Mead - Tampa, FL

 

CIDER - 18B - ENGLISH

1 - Angry Orchard Stone Dry Cider - Angry Orchard Cider Co. - Cincinnati, OH

2 - Angry Orchard Traditional Dry Cider - Angry Orchard Cider Co. - Cincinnati, OH

3 - None awarded

 

CIDER - 18C - FRENCH

1 - Celt Thirsty Warrior Cider - Groupe Eclore - Brittany, France

2 - None awarded

3 - None awarded

 

CIDER - 18D - FRUIT

1 - Rambunctious - Cigar City Cider & Mead - Tampa, FL

2 - Pear Cider - Foxcraft Hard Cider - Santa Rosa, CA

3 - Honey Plum Cider - Champlain Orchards - Shoreham, VT

 

CIDER - 18E - SPECIALTY

1 - Black Jack 21 - Ace Cider Co. - Sebastopol, CA

2 - Strongbow Ginger Hard Apple Cider - H. P. Bulmer, Hereford, England

3 - Macintosh & Maple Cider - Champlain Orchards - Shoreham, VT

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