Friday, April 1, 2016

Nine North Texas beers honored at 2016 USBTC Winter Competition

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Tasting Championship.
The United States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC) has released the list of winners from its 22nd annual Winter Competition. For this year's event, a total of 550 beers from 167 breweries were judged in 16 different categories.

Judging for the USBTC differs from other competitions in that entries are first split out by region, with a regional winner determined for each category. Top entries from six identified regions are then pitted head-to-head in order to determine a Grand Champion for each style. Entrants from North Texas compete alongside other beers in the Rockies/Southwest region, with beers from other parts of the country competing in one of five remaining regions: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic/Southwest, Midwest, California, and Pacific Northwest.

Among the winners, Four Swords from Deep Ellum Brewing Co. beat out 33 other beers to be named Grand Champion in the Belgian-Style Ale category. It and other entries from North Texas brewers took regional top honors as follows (click here for a complete list of winners):

Deep Ellum Brewing Company
  • Barrel Aged Oak Cliff Coffee Ale in the Spice Beer category.
  • Darkest Hour in the Imperial Stout category.
  • Four Swords in the Belgian-Style Ale category.
  • Bourbon Barrel Temptress in the Whiskey Barrel Aged Beer Category.
  • French Quarter Temptress in the Bean Beer category.
  • Freaky Deaky in the Belgian-Style Tripel category.
  • Great Scot! in the Scottish-Style Ale category.
  • Oktoberfest in the Vienna/Märzen Lager category.
  • Ugly Pug in the Dark Lager/Dunkel category.

Cheers and congratulations to all!

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