slides: Massachusetts Beers Wins Big in US Open Beer Championships

Friday, July 12, 2013

Four native Massachusetts brewing companies, including Wormtown Brewery from Worcester, recently received top honors at the annual United States Open Beer Championship in Atlanta.

Wormtown received honors in four separate categories. It received a silver medal in the German Hefeweizen category for MassWhole; and bronzes in the Porter and the Imperial IPA categories for Pro-Am Porter and Hopulence American Double IPA. In addition, MassWhole Hefe Weizen was listed as 8th by the judges in the "Most Creative Name" competition.

Other Massachusetts brewing companies honored included Boston Beer Company, Mystic Brewing, and Harpoon Brewing. See a complete list of Massachusetts beers honored below.

In total, 2500 beers from around the world representing 68 different categories were represented at the US Open.

For a complete list of competition honorees please click here.
 

  • MassWhole Hefe Weizen

    Wormtown Brewery

    Silver Medal (2nd Place) in German Hefe Weizen Category

    8th Most Creative Name

    The description from the Wormtown Website: "...Brewed with 4 Star (Northfield) Wheat and Magnum hops, and Czajkowski grown Valley Malted (Hadley) barley. Bavarian style unfiltered wheat beer with spicy clove and banana aroma. Pale straw color with cloudiness from wheat protein and yeast. Clove and banana continue into the flavor complimented by sweet wheat malt. Medium light body with a spicy dry finish."

  • Pro-Am Porter

    Wormtown Brewery

    Bronze (3rd Place) in Porter Category

    The description from the Wormtown Website: "...A collaboration with local home brewer Keith Antul. Inspired by the Great American Beer Festival’s Pro-Am competition we chose Keith’s American Homebrewers Association competition medaling robust porter recipe and scaled it up and brewed a batch with him at Wormtown. This limited one off batch is extremely dark brown with hints of red when held up to the light. Large roasted chocolate aroma. Medium body complimented by strong malt flavor that mixes roasty malt and chocolate. Dry finish with lingering cocoa and roast accented hop bitterness. Very British in style and ingredients."

  • Hopulence American Double

    Wormtown Brewery

    Bronze (3rd Place) in Imperial IPA Category

    The description from the Wormtown Website: "..Brewed with an abundance of hops. Once we started hopping this beer stopping was impossible. Emphasizing Amarillo, Horizon, Summit, and Glacier hops with support from 5 other American varieties. Hops were added in every conceivable part of the brewing process. Whole leaf in the mash, hop forwarded (lautered through whole cones), hop backed, first wort hopped, kettle hopped with pellets and extract, and dry hopped in the fermenter and brite tanks. No expense was spared to bring you HOPULENCE!"

  • Black Lager

    Boston Beer Company

    Bronze (3rd Place) in Schwarzbier Category

    Samuel Adams Black Lager is a craft beer, a bottom fermenting lager, that contains Spalt Spalter and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. It catches the eye with a deep ruby black color.

    Photo: busbeytheelder/flickr

  • American Tetrais

    Boston Beer Company

    Gold (1st Place) in Belgian Abbey Ale-Quad Category

    Abbey Ale is in the proud belgian tradition of European Monastic brewing.

  • Utopia 2012

    Boston Beer Company

    Silver (2nd Place) in Wood/Barrel Aged Strong Beer Category

    Sam Adams barrel aged utopia beers have the special ingredient of maple syrup and are aged to perfection. They contain Hallertau Mittelfruh, Spalt Spalter, and Tettnang Tettnager hops.

    Photo: swanksalot/flickr

  • Utopias 10th Anniversary

    Boston Beer Company

    Bronze (3rd Place) in Wood/Barrel Aged Strong Beer Category

    Sam Adams barrel aged utopia beers have the special ingredient of maple syrup and are aged to perfection. They contain Hallertau Mittelfruh, Spalt Spalter, and Tettnang Tettnager hops.

    Photo: ewen and donabel/flickr

  • Day of Doom

    Mystic Brewing

    Silver (2nd Place) in Belgian Abbey Ale-Quad Category

    Day of Doom is Mystic Brewing's traditional quadruple ale, flavored with rich malts, dark fruits and dark sugars.

    Photo courtesy of Mystic Brewing

  • Sauvignon Blanc Saison

    Mystic Brewing

    Bronze (3rd Place) in French/Belgian Saison Ale Category

    Mystic Brewing's traditional Belgian farmhouse ale with a 7% ABV. It is clean and bright with a light bitterness.

    "Sauvignon Blanc Saison reflects our main focus at the brewery on recapturing methods to make ancestral styles of beer. In the case of the Sauv. Blanc Saison we fermented a farmhouse ale entirely in French Oak barrels. This beer was formulated by founder Bryan Greenhagen and brewed by our former brewer, James Nicholson. Remarkably this beer was 16 months old when it was judged," says Mystic.

  • Lord Falconer

    Mystic Brewing

    Gold (1st Place) in Oatmeal Stout Category

    The Lord Falconer is a unique and potent Oatmeal Stout with a 5.4 ABV. It has just the right mix of bitterness and sweetness and a blackish-brown color.

    "Lord Falconer was the first beer in our 'Wigglesworth' series of traditional ales bottle, keg, and cask conditioned in the traditional spirt of English 'real ale.' Wigglesworth beers are forumulated by our resident Englishman Alastair Hewitt and brewed by lead brewer Adam Threlkeld," says Mystic.

    Photo courtesy of Mystic Brewing

  • Summer Beer

    Harpoon Brewing

    Bronze (3rd Place) in German Kolsch Category

    Summer Beer from Harpoon is a traditional German Kolsch beer. It has a crisp, lemony taste with a hint of bitterness.

    "We love our Summer Beer and we were so pleased that it was recognized at the US Open Championship this year, especially with the tough competition.  We first started brewing our Kolsch back in 1999 after a few of our colleagues visited Cologne, Germany – the birthplace of the Kolsch style.  They loved the beer, subtle and refreshing.  With a nice crisp, dry finish, it’s perfect for the summer," says Liz Melby of Harpoon.

    Photo: Dinner Series/flickr