2018 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Winners Announced

-7th Annual Awards Ceremony-
Richmond, VA - The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild announced the 2018 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners on Monday, June 4, 2018, at WestRock in Richmond, Virginia. There were nearly 300 brewers and supporters in attendance to celebrate excellence in independent Virginia craft beer. The Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition was managed by Master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Judge Tom Cannon, 38 judges and 15 stewards. Bill Butcher, Port City Brewing Co.; Bill Madden, Mad Fox Brewing Co.; and Duke Fox, Starr Hill Brewery, served as advisors. This year 375 beers in 27 categories competed for awards. The judging took place Saturday, May 19 at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton, Virginia.
The Virginia Craft Beer Cup continues to be the largest state competition of its kind in the United States. The VCBG is committed to giving its members the opportunity to compete, obtain critical feedback from certified judges, and get statewide recognition that will help build their brands. "Contributing to the development of outstanding independent craft beer is central to our mission," said Brett Vassey, President & CEO, Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. "The Cup is an important part of helping to expand public recognition and peer appreciation for great craft beer."
The 2018 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners are as follows:
First Place         Brothers Craft Brewing, Lil' Hellion
Second Place     Blue Mountain Barrel House & Organic Brewery, Adambeor
Third Place          Port City Brewing Company, Optimal Wit
Amber and Brown American Beer
First Place            Legend Brewing Company, Brown Ale
Second Place       Alewerks Brewing Company, Tavern Brown Ale
Third Place           MoMac Brewing Company, Craney Island Brown Ale
Amber Malty and Bitter European Lager
First Place               Mustang Sally Brewing Company, Article One Amber Lager
Second Place         Caboose Brewing Company, Vienna (VA) Lager
Third Place              Starr Hill Brewery, Jomo
American Porter and Stout
First Place               Wild Wolf Brewing Company, American Stout
Second Place          Old Ox Brewery, Black Ox
Third Place              Stone Brewing, Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout
American Wild Ale
First Place                The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery, Dr. Rendezvous
Second Place           Reaver Beach Brewing Company, The Reaver
Third Place               Väsen Brewing Company, Guava Gose
Belgian Ale
First Place               Port City Brewing Company, Optimal Wit
Second Place         Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, Belgian Wit
Third Place             Castleburg Brewery and Taproom, Queens Guard
British and Scottish Ale
First Place               Ballad Brewing, Fast Mail
Second Place         Port City Brewing Company, Monumental IPA
Third Place             Twin Creeks Brewing Company, Across the Pond British Brown Ale
Czech Lager
First Place               Port City Brewing Company, Downright Pilsner
Second Place         Ardent Craft Ales, Bohemian Pilsner
Third Place             Champion Brewing Company, Shower Beer
Dark and Strong British Beer
First Place            The Virginia Beer Company, Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout
Second Place       Adventure Brewing Company, Black Sail Scotch Ale
Third Place           Brew Republic Bierwerks, Nightmare
European Dark and Strong Lager
First Place            Wasserhund Brewing Company, Doppeldog Lager
Second Place       Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse, Winter Solstice
Third Place           Beer Hound Brewery, Zoeie
European Sour Ale
First Place            Red Dragon Brewery, Here Be Dragons
Second Place       Beale's Beer, Bearliner
Third Place           Strangeways Brewing, Uberlin
Fruit Beer
First Place            Olde Salem Brewing Company, Swag Surfin' Oceanside Gose
Second Place       Big Lick Brewing Company, Smile Like You Mean It
Third Place           The Bold Mariner Brewing Company, Monkey's Fist
German Wheat Beer
First Place             Black Hoof Brewing Company, Weissbier
Second Place        Alesation Brewing Company, Das Weizen
Third Place            Crooked Run Brewing, Best Days
Historical and Smoked Beer
First Place              Blue Mountain Barrel House and Organic Brewery, Adambeor
Second Place         Rock Bottom Restaurants and Brewery, Oh, Here is Gose-gain
Third Place             Portner Brewhouse, Portner Porter
International Lager
First Place              Coelacanth Brewing Company, Tailgate
Second Place         Bick Lick Brewing Company, A Huevo! Mexican Lager
Third Place             South Street Brewery, VA Lager
First Place              Final Gravity Brewing Company, The Doppler Effect
Second Place         Final Gravity Brewing Company, Retrograde
Third Place             Starr Hill Brewery, Looking Glass
Irish Beer
First Place              Pale Fire Brewing Company, Red Molly
Second Place         Old Busthead Brewing Company, Vixen
Third Place             Ono Brewing Company, Black Pearl
Pale American Ale
First Place              6 Bears and a Goat, Mae West
Second Place         2 Silos Brewing Company, Mason Pale Ale
Third Place            Three Notch'd Brewing Company, Ghost of the 43rd
Pale Bitter European Beer
First Place              Bull Island Brewing Company, King Street Kolsch
Second Place         Fair Winds Brewing Company, Quayside Kolsch
Third Place             Backroom Brewery, Kiss-Me-Kolsch
Pale Malty European Lager
First Place              Brothers Craft Brewing, Lil' Hellion
Second Place         Random Row Brewing Company, Not Yours Maibock
Third Place             Beale's Beer, Gold
Specialty Beer
First Place              Center of the Universe Brewing Company, Brandt
Second Place         Apocalypse Ale Works, Dreamsicle
Third Place             Precarious Beer Project, Reve Du Jour
Spiced Beer
First Place               Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Heir Apparent
Second Place          Steam Bell Beer Works, Tiramisu
Third Place              Old Ox Brewery, Kristin's Passion
Standard American Beer
First Place               Trapezium Brewing Company, Mexican Lager
Second Place          Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond Lager
Third Place              Bald Top Brewing Company, Manor House Ale
Strong American Ale
First Place                Precarious Beer Project, Everything Is Lava But the Swings Are  Base
Second Place           Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Citra Happens
Third Place               Ballad Brewing, Home
Strong Belgian Ale
First Place                Belly Love Brewing Company, 50 Shades of Gold
Second Place           Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Singel
Third Place               Reaver Beach Brewing Company, Oceanus Arum
Trappist Ale
First Place                Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse, BOFT Dubbel
Second Place           Blue Mountain Brewery, Marsedon
Third Place               The Farm Brewery at Broad Run, Wes' Maul
Wood Beer
First Place                Brothers Craft Brewing, Resolute
Second Place           Wasserhund Brewing Company, Bourbon Barrel Haywire Husky
Third Place               Kindred Spirt Brewing, Barrel "The Goodness" Imperial Stout
Award winners will be featuring their beers in their tasting rooms, at festivals and through their wholesale and retail partners. The VCBG encourages craft beer enthusiasts to tour these breweries and sample these great craft beers. To learn more about these breweries and plan your next trip, visit our craft brewery directory at http://virginiacraftbrewers.org/guild.aspx or go to the Virginia Tourism Corporation's craft beer site to plan your next weekend or vacation www.virginia.org/craftbeer/.
The VCBG also encourages anyone interested in tasting many of these award-winning beers at one place to register for the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest coming up on August 18 in Charlottesville, VA - www.vacraftbrewersfest.com.
About the VCBG
The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) is an association of independent, small and traditional breweries dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth.  The Guild is the state affiliate of the Brewers Association.  For information of the Beer Judge Certification Program, go to http://www.bjcp.org/.  For more information on the VCBG, go to www.vacraftbeer.com and www.vacraftbrewersguild.com.

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