Aug. 8, 2012. Lakewood, New York’s Southern Tier Brewing Company took top honors in the Best in Show Beer contest during this past Saturday’s first annual SugarBrew Festival.
For hours a panel of twelve celebrity personalities powered through seventy-two craft brews in five categories to determine this year’s winners. The contest was held in the mix of the festival were passers-by could observe the fun and grueling task of judging. Entries were judged on appearance, smell, taste, after taste, and drinkability. Categories included High Gravity, Ale & Pilsner, Lager, Porter & Stout, and Wheat.
Best in Show:
1st Place: Southern Tier, Lakewood, NY – Choklat (Porters & Stouts)
2nd place: Southern Tier, Lakewood, NY – Crème Brûlée, (Porters & Stouts)
3rd place: Thomas Creek Brewery, Greenville, SC – Up the Creek Extreme IPA (High Gravity)
Ales & Pilsners: Olde Hickory Brewery, Hickory, NC – Table Rock Pale Ale
Porters & Stouts: Southern Tier, Lakewood, NY – Choklat
High Gravity: Thomas Creek Brewery, Greenville, SC – Up the Creek Extreme IPA
Lager: Samuel Adams, Boston, MA – Boston Lager
Wheat: Breckenridge Breweries, Denver, CO – Agave Wheat
Southern Tier’s, Choklat will be featured in Sugar Mountain Ski Resort’s Last Run Lounge throughout the winter season. Southern Tier’s, Choklat, & Crème Brûlée along with Thomas Creek Brewery’s Up the Creek Extreme IPA will be available nightly at the Painted Fish Café.