Saturday, February 11, 2023

North Texas nabs 17 medals at 2023 Texas Craft Brewers Cup

Image: Texas Craft Brewers Guild.

The second annual installment of the Texas Craft Brewers Cup is now in the books, with 12 North Texas breweries heading home from Austin with some nifty new craft beer bling. Not only that, Vector Brewing of Dallas was also named Brewery of the Year in the Under 600 bbl Group.

A Texas-only craft beer competition, the Texas Craft Brewers Cup is presented by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. Judging takes place in the weeks ahead of the organization's annual meeting, during which winners are announced during a special awards ceremony.

Surveying statistics from the 2023 event, 852 entries from 147 Texas breweries were sorted and judged across 27 medal categories (Hazy IPA being the largest with 61 entries). Each of those categories contained a mix of related sub-styles defined by guidelines published by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Overall, a total of over 150 different beer styles were represented at the judge's table.

And on the participation metric, 147 competing breweries translates to approximately 35% of the more than 400 brewing companies currently operating in Texas. That's roughly on par with the participation level in 2022.

As for the local winners, 17 North Texas beers were recognized, with their medals breaking down as follows: 8 Gold, 6 Silver, and 3 Bronze. Area honorees are summarized below, or you can click here for a full competition summary.

  • Smoked Porter, Bronze in the Smoke & Chili Beer category.
  • Double Stars, Silver in the Strong Hoppy Beer category.
  • Polymath, Bronze in the American & International Lager category.
  • Neato Bandito, Gold in the Golden, Blonde & Light Ales category.
  • First of His Name, Gold in the Stout & Porter category.
  • Banjo! Banjo! Banjoooo!, Gold in the Smoke & Chili Beer category.
  • Lion's Share X, Gold in the Barrel & Wood Aged Beer category.
  • Mechanical Grizzly, Silver in the Chocolate & Coffee Beer category.
  • Battle of Britain, Gold in the Barleywine & Strong Ale category.
  • Raspberry Fields, Bronze in the Fruit & Field Beer category.
Odd Muse Brewing, Farmers Branch 
  • 500 Pesos, Silver in the American & International Lager category.
  • Juice Serum, Gold in the Hazy IPA category.
  • The Divine Monk, Silver in the Belgian & Farmhouse Ales category.
  • Moonsmoke, Gold in the Experimental, Hybrid & Specialty Beer category.
  • Pho Sho, Gold in the Fruit & Field Beer category.
  • Open Rhythms, Silver in the Session & Standard Hoppy Pale Ales and Lagers category.
  • Big Thicket Blonde, Silver in the Golden, Blonde & Light Ales category.

Cheers and congratulations to all!

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