Winners at the 2019 Festival of Barrel Aged Beer

Winners at the 2019 Festival of Barrel Aged Beer

The 2019 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer is in the books. over 200 craft brewers from across the country came to Chicago’s UIC Forum on Friday and Saturday to sample their best wares that had been aged in wood, some fermented wild, and served up from casks or barrels.

As a part of the proceedings, the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, sponsors of the event, awarded the favorite beers in 12 categories. Local winners are posted in Bold.

Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim, CA – Arcane Rituals (Barleywine/Wheatwine)

BEST OF SHOW – Runner Up
The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA – Peach Afternoon

Strong Porter Stout
GOLD – Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, Columbus, OH – 3-2-1 Double Barrel Dire Wolf
SILVER – Crystal Lake Brewing, Crystal Lake, ILBoathouse Reserve Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
BRONZE – More Brewing Co., Villa Park, ILMehndi 2019

Specialty Strong/Porter Stout
GOLD – Cerebral Brewing, Denver, CO – Vanilla Rye Here Be Monsters
SILVER – Hidden Springs Ale Works, Tampa, FL – After Dinner Decadence
BRONZE – Half Acre Beer Company, Chicago (Balmoral)Vanilla Benthic

GOLD – Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim, CA – Arcane Rituals
SILVER – Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago & Bridgman, MIBarrel Aged Bollocks
BRONZE – Kros Strain Brewing Company, LaVista, NE – Barrel Aged Barrellywine Vol. 2

Classic Beer Style
GOLD – Kros Strain Brewing Company, LaVista, NE – 53 Magnum
SILVER – Derive Brewing Company, Columbus, OH – It’s only dirty paper!
BRONZE – Church Street Brewing Company, Itasca, ILHoly Moly

Strong Pale Beer
GOLD – Pollyanna Brewing Company, Lemont, ILApple Brandy Barrel Aged Orenda Volume 03
BRONZE – Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, OH – Barrel Aged Tripel Dog Dare

Strong Dark Beer
GOLD – Revolution Brewing, ChicagoV.S.O.R. (Very Special Old Ryeway)
SILVER – Pollyanna Brewing Company, Lemont, ILOrenda Volume 02
BRONZE – Taxman Brewing Company, Bargersville, IN – Bourbon Barrel Qualified

Fruit Beer
GOLD – Werk Force Brewing, Plainfield, ILFarmhouse Vultures with Blackberries and Raspberries
SILVER – Revolution Brewing, ChicagoStrawberry Jacket
BRONZE – MyGrain Brewing Co., Joliet, ILI Have Time

GOLD – 5 Rabbit Cervecería, Bedford Park, ILEl Pirata
SILVER – MadTree Brewing Cincinnati, OH – Joon – Chamomile & Elderflower
BRONZE – Monday Night Brewing Atlanta, GA – Tie 8 On

Wild Beer/Brett (non-acidic)
GOLD – Afterthought Brewing Company, Lombard, ILAfterthought Ale: Wine Barrel Fermented (Yuzu & Key Lime Juice)
SILVER – Hacienda Beer Co., – Baileys Harbor, WI L’hiver
BRONZE – Branch & Bone Artisan Ales, Dayton, OH – Silence Mill

Wild Beer (Acidic) Sours
GOLD – MobCraft Beer, Milwaukee, WI – Sour Golden Ale
SILVER – Off Color Brewing – Mousetrap, ChicagoProcatsination
BRONZE – Upstream Brewing Company, Omaha, NE – Things!

Wild Beer (Acidic) w/ Fruit
GOLD – The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA – Peach Afternoon
SILVER – Forager Brewery, Rochester, MN – Dollar Menu Pie
BRONZE – Coppertail Brewing Co., Tampa, FL – Creature de mer Rouge

GOLD – Misbeehavin’ Meads, Valparaiso, IN – BBA Caramel Apple Cider
SILVER – Garagiste Meadery, Tampa, FL – Cognac Barrel Aged Black Widow
BRONZE – Superstition Meadery, Prescott, AZ – Grand Cru Berry

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