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Cheers! Area Brewers Take Medals in Denver

Flying Dog Brewery's Justin Livengood, Stephanie Kerchner, Josh Mishell, Rachael Tremaine and Bob Malone with their medals in Denver. (Flying Dog Brewery)

Last Saturday afternoon I was sipping on a Dogtoberfest Marzen at Das Best Oktoberfest at National Harbor. “Delicious,” I pronounced it. And it was the only beer there that made me go back for seconds. “But it’s got too a little too many hops for the style.”

Shows how much I know. About the same time, the brewers of this beer were stepping to the podium to receive a gold medal for the brew in the “German Style Märzen” category at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Flying Dog's Horn Dog Barley Wine, Dogtoberfest Marzen and Gonzo Imperial Porter all won gold medals. (Flying Dog Brewery)

The festival bills itself as the world’s largest commercial beer competition: This year’s tally saw 3,308 beers from 457 breweries competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in 78 categories. Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Md., scored a grand slam: In addition to the gold medal for its Dogtoberfest, the company won top honors for its Gonzo Imperial Porter (Imperial Stout category) and Horn Dog Barley Wine (Aged Beer), plus a silver for its whiskey-barrel-aged Gonzo (Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer).

The slew of medals earned the company and brewer Bob Malone the honor Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year.

Virginia brewers also flew home with their share of decorations. Brewer Jason Oliver of the Devil’s Backbone brewpub in Roseland picked up a gold for his Gold Leaf Lager (International Pilsener category), plus three silvers for his Natural Born Keller (Kellerbier/Zwickelbier), Danzig (Baltic Style Porter) and Vienna Lager (Vienna Style Lager).

The Sweetwater Tavern chain of the Great American Restaurant group took a gold medal in the Rye Beer category for its Crazy Jackass Ale, as well as a bronze (Belgian Style Witbier) for its Wits End.

Arlington’s Rock Bottom Brewery grabbed a gold in the Coffee-Flavored Beer slot for Dude! Where’s My Vespa?, and perennial winner Starr Hill Brewing Co. in Crozet added another gold to its medal drawer for Dark Starr Stout (Classic Irish Style Dry Stout).

Other regional winners from Maryland included:

Clipper City Brewing Co. in Baltimore for Clipper City Balto MärzHon (bronze, Vienna Style Lager).

Brewer’s Alley in Frederick for Brewer’s Alley India Pale Ale (bronze, English Style India Pale Ale).

DOG Brewing Co. in Westminster for Pub Dog Black Dog Stout (bronze, Classic Irish Style Dry Stout).


Beer bloggers, unite!

Throughout the month of October, craft beer correspondents are being urged to share their personal experiences with their favorite beverage on the Blogtoberfest Facebook page, and to spark a few conversations. To kick around ideas, Orr Shtuhl, who writes the Beerspotter column for the Washington City Paper, is organizing a Blogtoberfest happy hour on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Axis Bar and Grill at 1340 U St. NW. Drinking starts at 6:30 p.m., serious discussion at 7.

-- Greg Kitsock

By The Food Section  |  September 29, 2009; 1:15 PM ET
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I note no Dominion winners. Is this because they didn't enter or is it an indication of a decline in quality since the acquisition and move?

Posted by: Eric_A_Wieman | September 29, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

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