Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Armor honored with three medals at 2024 Indiana Brewers' Cup

Image credits: Armor Brewing Co., Indiana State Fair.

Armor Brewing Co. of Allen added to a growing list of competition wins this past weekend, as the 10-month old brewery brought home three medals from the 2024 Indiana Brewers' Cup. Counting wins from the 2023 and 2024 installments of the Texas Craft Brewers Cup and U.S. Open Beer Championships, Armor has now been awarded eight medals for its beers before even reaching its first anniversary.

An annual event held in association with the Indiana State Fair, the Indiana Brewers' Cup is in its 26th year after first being established in 1999. For the 2024 gathering, over 500 entries were received for evaluation across 40 categories covering a range of beer, cider and mead styles.

The winning recipes from Armor are listed below. Click here for a full competition summary.

Armor Brewing Co., Allen

  • First Place for Wheat Wine in the Strong American Ale category.
  • Third Place for Easy Co. in the Pale European Beer category.
  • Third Place for Smoke Session in the Smoke-Flavored Beer category.

Cheers and congratulations to Armor Brewing Co.!

Monday, July 8, 2024

North Texas has best ever showing at 2024 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Image credit: U.S. Open Beer Championship.

Winners were announced today at the 2024 U.S. Open Beer Championship.

Based in Oxford, Ohio, the U.S. Open is now in its sixteenth year. The event, billed as the second largest annual beer judging competition in America, has been a popular testing ground for local brewers for more than a decade. 

Looking back, the first win for a North Texas brewer occurred in 2012, but the region has celebrated wins for multiple breweries in each of the last 12 years - 2024 included. And now with this year's results, 29 area breweries have been awarded 175 medals combined at the U.S. Open since its inception.

For 2024, over 9000 beers were submitted for judging across 152 categories. From the pool, 11 breweries from North Texas were awarded 21 medals total (4 gold, 11 silver, 6 bronze).

This represents the best showing ever for the region, besting the 19 medals won by North Texas breweries in 2022. First time U.S. Open honorees for 2024 include Flix Brewhouse - Mansfield and Three Wide Brewing Co. of Fort Worth (though, the brewer in question here does have a bit of U.S. Open hardware from the Rabbit Hole days).

A complete list of winning beers from North Texas is provided below. Click here for a full competition summary.

  • Gold for Enigma in the Historical Beer category.
  • Silver for Blood Orange Gose in the Fruit Gose category.
  • Silver for Sherpa's Secret in the American-Style Lager category.
  • Gold for Kashmir (a collaboration with Mox Nix Brewery) in the Mixed-Culture Brett Beer category.
  • Silver for Satellite in the American Light Lager category.
  • Bronze for It's All Happening in the English Barley Wine category
False Idol Brewing, North Richland Hills
  • Silver for Eight One Seven in the Munchner Dunkel category.
  • Bronze for To Live & Die in L.A. in the New Zealand-Style IPA category.
  • Bronze for Overgrown Frenzy in the Field Beer category.
Flix Brewhouse, Mansfield
  • Bronze for Tmave Pivo 13 in the European Dark Lager category.
  • Silver for Lion's Share XI in the American Barley Wine category.
  • Silver for Hydro in the Non-Alcoholic Hop Water category.
  • Silver for Sun, Moon & Stars in the Belgian Quadrupel category.
  • Bronze for Battle of Britain in the English Barley Wine category.
  • Silver for Barrel-Aged Vanilla Porter with Tart Cherries in the Wood/Barrel-Aged Fruit Beer category.
  • Silver for Tejano Pecano in the Nut Beer category.
  • Bronze for Festbier in the German-Style Oktoberfest category.
Odd Muse Brewing Co., Farmers Branch
  • Gold for Shoot the Moon in the New Zealand-Style IPA category.
  • Gold for Harlequin Dancer in the English Pale Ale category.
  • Silver for Berry Optimistic in the Fruit Wheat Beer - Mixed category.
Union Bear Brewing Co., Denton/Plano
  • Silver for Union Bear Stout in the American Stout category.

Cheers and congratulations to all!

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Guild and Method Architecture announce 2024 grant recipients

Image credits: Texas Craft Brewers Guild, Method Architecture,
Toasty Bros., Village Creek Brewing Co.

Recipients have been announced for the fourth year of a grant program awarding aspiring craft brewers with membership in the Texas Craft Brewers Guild.

Grantees listed below will receive a one year "Brewery in Planning" membership - a $300 value - in the trade association that represents small and independent craft breweries in the Lone Star State. These grants are funded by Method Architecture, a Texas-based firm that's also a longtime member of the Guild.

2024 Grantees:

Cottonwood Creek Brewery & Smokehouse - Hutto
Point City Brewing Co. - Houston
Toasty Bros. - Denton
Village Creek Brewing Co. - Rendon
Weber Brewing - Victoria

More on the two projects hailing from North Texas...

Toasty Bros., Denton

  • Founded by Brian "Toast" Tiensvold, Toasty Bros. has been active in North Texas since debuting its first commercial beer in March 2019. From that point on, the company's beers have been produced as part of an alternating proprietorship agreement with Hop & Sting Brewing Co. of Grapevine.

    A permanent location is on the horizon, though, as construction is currently underway on an existing 1200 square foot space at 104 N. Bell Ave. in Denton. Pop-up events are a regular occurrence on site, as Toasty Bros. continues to raise funds as it works towards opening.

Village Creek Brewing Co., Rendon

  • Art and Sunny Anderson began working to bring Village Creek Brewing Co. to fruition in early 2019. They first appeared on the local radar in April of that year after participating in LUCKapolooza V at LUCK in Trinity Groves.

    By early 2020, they had secured a 4.7-acre site at 6670 Levy County Line Rd. in Rendon, where they've been building a brewery from the ground up ever since.

Click here for the full press release from the Guild.