Fifty-three breweries and thirty-six homebrewers took home medals this week from the NC Brewers Cup, the premier beer competition in North Carolina. The NC Brewers Cup is an official competition sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program and the North Carolina State Fair. A panel of certified judges selected the finest examples of each beer style submitted by professionals and homebrewers from across North Carolina’s thriving craft beer scene.
Best in Show went to Bull City Burger and Brewery for their “Star Lite Black Night Black Lager,” a traditional Schwarzbier. Bull City Burger and Brewery beat out 30 other Gold medal-winning beers to grab the trophy. Schwarzbier is a dark German beer that is crisp and easy drinking, and pairs beautifully with spicy foods and roasted meats.
The other commercial Best in Show winners are:
Silver: Wise Man Brewing – “Week’s Work English Mild Ale,” an English Mild Ale
Bronze: Innovation Brewing – “Tactical Corset,” a European Sour Ale
Honorable Mention: Haw River Farmhouse Ales – “Saxy Machismo,” a bourbon barrel-aged Belgian Quadrupel with smoked malt and habañeros
A complete (printer-friendly!) listing of commercial winners is right here.
On the homebrew side, Mark Klinger won Best in Show with his Imperial Stout. An Imperial Stout is a big, very dark, complex beer with deep, roasted flavors that some compare to unsweetened cocoa or strong coffee. This robust beer pairs well with aged cheeses, or dark chocolate.
The other homebrew Best in Show winners are:
Silver: Mark Klinger – “Lichtenhainer,” an historical tart, smoked German ale
Bronze: David Byer – “Irish Red,” an Irish Beer
Honorable Mention: Danny M. Steis – “Danny’s IPA,” an American IPA
The 2017 NC Brewers Cup featured the stiffest competition in the event’s history, with 599 commercial entries and 141 homebrew entries competing for medals over 3 days of judging by beer experts from around the Southeast. The competition is organized by the NC Craft Brewers Guild, and sponsored with support from Total Wine and More. Download a printer-friendly buying guide to the 2017 NC Brewers Cup.
Medalists will be featured in the winners’ display at the NC State Fair from October 12-22 in the Education Building. Medals will be presented to commercial brewery winners on November 8 in front of an audience of peers at the NC Craft Brewers Conference.