Nelson County’s breweries have taken wins during The Great American Beer Festival held this past weekend in Denver Colorado. Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton won a gold for their Sandy Bottom in the American-Style Wheat Beer category. 22 other entries were in the category with BMB. “We won the Gold in the very first category (American-style wheat) of the competition. The premier of this beer at the pub will be this Thursday, so it’s a cool way to roll it out. And Kolsch 151 got a bronze in the German-style Kolsch category! Funny that all those folks in the audience had no idea what the “151″ meant,” laughs Taylor Smack, head brewmaster and co-owner of Blue Mountain.
Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland (Beech Grove) walked away a big winner for the 2nd year since opening. DBBC took home two gold medals and two bronze medals. In the gold categories their Baltic Coffee won in the Coffee Flavored Beer (52 Entries). Their Gold Leaf Lager won gold in the American-Style or International-Style Pilsener (27 Entries). In the bronze category their Ale of Fergus English-Style Mild Ale (27 Entries) along with their Wintergreen Weiss South German-Style Hefeweizen (65 Entries).
Nelson’s breweries (part of the larger Brew Ridge Trail) went home as two of the three winners in Virginia this year. The only other Virginia brewery winning this year was Great American Restaurant (Sweetwater Tavern) in Centerville, Virginia. The won a gold for their GAR Pale Ale.
It was just back in April of 2010 that Nelson breweries gained recognition as winners in the World Beer Cup.
You can read about all of the winners in this years GABF by clicking here.
David Turley has more here on his Musings Over A Pint website.
Congrats to BMB and DBBC! Way to go!
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