Craft Brewers Fest Celebrates Virginia Beer

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Nelson County was the setting for a festival celebrating some of Virginia's best craft beer Saturday.

Devil's Backbone hosted the 2014 Craft Brewers Fest this year, providing lawn space for hundreds of people. Tourism officials say locally crafted beer brings in more than $623 million for Virginia's economy.

Saturday's festival showcased all those beers in a competition for the Virginia Craft Brewers Cup and other titles.

"We just want people to know that making things in this country is important, and this industry - they're all young entrepreneurs that are doing innovative things and really trying to capitalize on that ‘buy local, live local' movement,” said Brett Vassey, president and CEO of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.

The number of craft breweries has nearly tripled since the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild began four years ago. There are now 92 breweries in the commonwealth, 52 of which were represented at Saturday's festival.

2014 Craft Brewers Fest Winners

Best of Show winners 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup:

Gold: Devils Backbone Outpost – Turbo Cougar
Silver: Devil's Backbone Basecamp – Smokehaus Lager
Bronze: Devil's Backbone Basecamp – Berliner Metro Weiss

American and German Lager:

Gold: Devils Backbone Outpost – Turbo Cougar
Silver: Blue Mountain Brewery – Living Helles
Bronze: Devils Backbone Outpost – Schwartz Bier


Gold: Lost Rhino Brewing Company – Rhino Chaser Pilsner
Silver: Legend Brewing Company – Pilsner
Bronze: Mad Fox Brewing Company – Praha Pils

Vienna and Oktoberfest:

Gold: Devils Backbone Outpost – Vienna Lager
Silver: Sunken City Brewing Company – Sunktoberfest
Bronze: Lost Rhino Brewing Company – RhinoFest

Kolsch and Blonde Ale:

Gold: Champion Brewing Company – Killer Kolsch
Silver: Parkway Brewing Company – Bridge Builder Blonde
Bronze: Capitol City Brewing Company – Capitol Kolsch

Light and Amber Hybrid Beer:

Gold: Bull and Bones Brewhaus – Appalachian Alt
Silver: Sunken City Brewing Company – Steemboat Beer
Bronze: Champion Brewing Company – Stickin' in my Rye

English, Scottish, and Irish Ale:

Gold: Apocalypse Ale Works – Heavy Red Horseman
Silver: Midnight Brewery – Not My Job
Bronze: Old Bust Head Brewing Company – Bust Head English Pale Ale

American Pale Ale:

Gold: Beach Brewing Company – Ghost Ship
Silver: Triple Crossing Brewing – Easy Now
Bronze: Center of the Universe Brewing Company – Ray Ray's Pale Ale

American Amber and Brown Ale:

Gold: O'Connor Brewing Company – Red Nun Red Ale
Silver: South Street Brewery – Browntown
Bronze: Wolf Hills Brewing Company – Creeper Trail Amber Ale


Gold: Parkway Brewing Company – Raven's Roost Baltic Porter
Silver: Old Ox Brewery – Black Ox
Bronze: Port City Brewing Company – Porter


Gold: Apocalypse Ale Works – 6th Seal
Silver: Chaos Mountain Brewing – Coco Borealis
Bronze: Three Notch'd Brewing Company – Oats McGoats Oatmeal Stout

India Pale Ale:

Gold: Starr Hill – King of Hop
Silver: Port City Brewing Company – Monumental IPA
Bronze: Sunken City Brewing Company – Red Clay IPA

Imperial IPA:

Gold: Three Brothers Brewing – Admiral
Silver: AleWerks Brewing Company – Bitter Valentine
Bronze: Triple Crossing Brewing – Street Creed

German Weizen:

Gold: Lost Rhino Brewing Company – Final Glide Hefeweizen
Silver: Extra Billy's – My Only Weiss
Bronze: Smartmouth Brewing Company – Sommer Fling

Strong Ale:

Gold: Wild Wolf Brewing Company – Wolfinstein
Silver: Triple Crossing Brewing – Yoke of Oxen
Bronze: Old Bust Head Brewing Company – Gold Cup Russian Imperial Stout

Belgian and French Ale:

Gold: Old Ox Brewery – Saison d'Ox
Silver: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – Singel
Bronze: Bull and Bones Brewhaus – Sun Lit Wit

Belgian Strong Ale:

Gold: Chaos Mountain Brewing – Agents of Chaos
Silver: Apocalypse Ale Works – Lustful Maiden
Bronze: Blue Mountain Brewery – Marsedon

Sour Ale:

Gold: Devil's Backbone Basecamp – Berliner Metro Weiss
Silver: Champion Brewing Company – Tart Berliner Weiss
Bronze: Strangeways Brewing Company – Uberlin Berliner Weiss

Fruit Beer:

Gold: Wolf Hills Brewing Company – Watermelon Wheat
Silver: Devils Backbone Outpost – Pear Lager
Bronze: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – Virginia Blackberry

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer:

Gold: Blue Mountain Barrel House – Spooky
Silver: Ardent Craft Ales – Honey Ginger
Bronze: Wild Wolf Brewing Company – Ginger Lager

Smoke-Flavored/Wood-Aged Beer:

Devil's Backbone Basecamp – Smokehaus Lager
Starr Hill – Bourbon Barrel Bandstand Barleywine
Blue Mountain Barrel House – Dark Hollow

Specialty Beer:

AleWerks Brewing Company – Lover's Greed
Starr Hill – Whiter Shade of Pale Ale
Devils Backbone Outpost – East/West India Pale Lager

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