Bay Area Brewers Win U.S. Open Beer Championship Awards

Yesterday, organizers of the 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship announced the results of this year’s competition and three Bay Area Breweries won medals: Moylan’s Brewery, 21st Amendment Brewery and Bison Brewing. The unique event pits professional brewers against award winning home brewers and accepts entries from around the world. Congratulations to our winners!

Here’s the results from the award winning categories:

English IPA

GOLD –  Green Monsta IPA – Wachusetts Brewing

SILVER –  Flyin’ HI.P.Hay – Maui Brewing

BRONZE –  Moylan’s IPA – Moylan’s Brewery

Imperial IPA

GOLD –  Hop Hedge – Deschutes Brewing

SILVER –  Swamp Ape IPA – Florida Beer Company

BRONZE –  Moylan’s Double IPA – Moylan’s Brewery

Strong Scottish Ale

GOLD –  Big Sound – Cigar City Brewing

SILVER –  Piper’s Scotch Ale – Sprecher Brewing

BRONZE –  Moylan’s Kilt Lifter – Moylan’s Brewing

American Pale Ale

GOLD – Teton Ale – Grand Teton Brewing Company

SILVER – Bitter American – 21st Amendment Brewing

BRONZE – Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale – Tap Room No. 21 Brewing

Fruit/Vegetable Beer

GOLD – Wailua – Kona Brewing Company

SILVER –  The Sour Kraut – Neustadt Springs Brewery

BRONZE –  Hell or High Watermelon – 21st Amendment Brewery

Specialty / Anything Goes

GOLD –  Monk’s Indiscretion – Sound Brewing Company

SILVER – Monk’s Blood – 21st Amendment Brewing

BRONZE – Maui Onion Ale – Maui Brewpub

Best of Show Organic

GOLD –  Mothership Wit – New Belgium Brewing

SILVER –  Green Lakes Organic Ale – Deschutes Brewing

BRONZE –  Organic I.P.A. – Bison Brewing

21st Amendment Releases Hop Crisis

21st Amendment Brewery Hop Crisis

21st Amendment Brewery has announced the release of Hop Crisis, an oak-aged Imperial IPA that hits 94 IBU’s and 9.7% alcohol. Last year the beer won a silver medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival in the highly competitive Imperial IPA category. This years release promises to be just as tasty and hop numbing.

“21st Amendment co-founder and Brewmaster Shaun O’Sullivan says of the idea behind the beer, “We really wanted to do something different with an Imperial IPA. Aside from the higher alcohol and intense hop bitterness, we felt aging the beer on oak would add some additional layers of flavor. Because oak can overwhelm the hops, we chose a light, subtle oak character to accentuate the dry hop bitterness and add a unique character to the beer.”

“The graphics on our four-pack box tell the story of convicts Nico and Shaun’s adventure to Free the Hops,” noted co-founder Nico Freccia.  “A daring escape through the sewer pipe, surfing monster waves while being chased by a great white shark and a high speed getaway on the San Francisco cable car are all part of the adventure,” he adds. “We just really felt we had an opportunity to have some fun with this beer.”

The beer will be available on draft and in four-pack cans throughout the Bay Area on June 16.