The winners of the international 2016 Brussels Beer Challenge competition have been officially announced and out of all the beers submitted by American Breweries, pFriem Family Brewers took home the American Revelation — Fermentis Trophy for their Super Saison.
“As brewers, we have a deep love and affinity for the beers of Belgium, they inspire us and challenge us. It is an incredible honor to be awarded this American Revelation award for our Super Saison in the Brussels Beer Challenge. For pFriem to be awarded best of show for American entries with a Belgian inspired beer is a humbling achievement”, said Josh Pfriem, co-founder/ brewmaster of pFriem Family Brewers.
This year marked the fifth anniversary of the Brussels Beer Challenge. This competition brought in 80 international experts to judge over 1,250 entries from all over the world. The beers were reviewed based on their style, typicity, and origin. American craft breweries left with 47 total awards including 14 gold, 10 silver, and 15 bronze. (Typicity is the degree to which a beer reflects and demonstrates the varietal origins and signature characteristics.)
Double Mountain Dry Cider debuts
“You simply can’t make a great cider without great Hood River apples” said Matt Swihart, brewmaster and cider guy.
Fall is here and the Hood River valley harvest is complete. Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom debuts its first cider offering with the wryly named Double Mountain Dry Cider (6.7 percent ABV).
Brewer and founder, and now cider-maker Swihart writes, “As the premier fruit growing region, the Hood River valley is home to the world’s best pears, cherries, peaches, and apples. We selected a mix of dessert, table, and cider apples for a balanced, dry, tart, and aromatic cider.”
This dry cider is currently available on draft at the downtown Hood River taproom, the Portland taproom in the Woodstock neighborhood and throughout the Northwest, British Columbia, and Southern California.