Read all about it: the end of craft beer; why beer mergers don’t matter; those vexing six-pack holders; beer CSAs; and more

six-packLotsa good reads today. Before you get to ’em, an update on the petition to “Support the passage of better beer laws in Rhode Island”: the 1000 signature was added on Friday! The next benchmark is 1500; let’s reach that one ASAP! Sign and share the petition!

The End of Craft Beer, by Matthew Giles @ Grub Street [“Companies like A-B InBev are seriously reconsidering the ways in which they do business, and craft brewers are (cautiously) adopting some of the practices that helped macrobrews grow into the giants they are today.”] Highly recommended.

Why beer mergers don’t really matter to drinkers, by Jason Notte @ Market Watch [“In many examples, unless a beer changes drastically or a new owner shuts down a beloved brewery, most drinkers will not stop drinking their favorite local beers. However, even the word ‘local’ isn’t as clearly defined in the beer world as it once was.”]

The Story Behind Those Frustrating Craft Beer Six-Pack Holders, by Emma Foehringer Merchant @ New Republic [“Separating a can from the carrier can be a Herculean task.”]

Harpoon-IPA Harpoon beer gets a makeover, complete with a tiger, by Jon Chesto @ The Boston Globe [“It marks the first major change to the beer’s look — there was a tweak in 2009 — since its inception in 1993.”]

Beer CSAs: The New Way To Get Your Beer Fix, by Megan Elliott @ Culture Cheat Sheet [“A number of small brewers across the United States are taking a cue from local farmers and offering beer shares modeled on community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Eager drinkers pay upfront for a piece of future beer production, and in exchange get a guaranteed amount of suds over the life of the share.”]

And onemoretimeICYMI: some shopping tips for Halloween treating-yourself: “Devilish brews for the scary season,” from Motif.

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The ghoulish growler report

spookyglassWhen you’re out growlin’ ’n’ tastin’ ’n’ trickin’ ’n’ treatin’ this weekend, we hope that the petition to “Support the passage of better beer laws in Rhode Island” inspires some discussion amongst the beermakers and the customers who enjoy and appreciate the fruits of their labor. We encourage you to sign and share the petition. When we hit “Publish” at 11:02 am, the petition was 28 signatures short of the 1000 mark! You can be the one to register that all-important fourth digit! Do it now!

Meanwhile, here’s what’s on tap. And as a Halloween bonus, we asked our correspondents about their costume plans for this haunted weekend. [And ICYMI, here’s our compendium of Halloweenish beers from Motif: “Devilish brews for the scary season.”]

At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 3:30-8, Saturday 12-7, and Sunday 12-5]: The return of zzzlumber, their “giant imperial stout.”. Dave sez: “We pushed things a little bigger this year with our newest version weighing in around 11.5% ABV. Big, but dry for style, with huge chocolate, medium roast with some light caramel/dark fruit behind everything” [the barrel-aged version will be ready in mid-November]. Also: Broze, the new Oatmeal Milk Stout [5.5%, on nitro!] and Derivative: Galaxy and Derivative: Citra. Bonus question answer: “I always forget to get a Halloween costume, and every year my only goal is to be able to wear a cloak.”

Bucket Brewery’s monthly Sound Check will be in the seasonal spirit tonight from 6-9 pm. The bash features music by Sharks Come Cruisin’ [get ready to sing along], a costume contest, and more spooky stuff. Tix are $15, which includes four beer sample tickets [an extra $5 = a souvenir glass and extra beer per pour; bring a non-perishable food item for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and you get a bonus beer ticket] and entry for raffle prizes. Tastings [and growler fills/six-pack sales] today [open at 1 pm] and Saturday [11 am-5 pm, $5], with tours on Saturday [1:30, 2:30, 3:30 pm, $13, includes pint glass]. Hit the website to find out what’s on tap.

At Foolproof: Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, and King of the Yard [tastings today 5-8 pm and Saturday 1-5]. They won’t be filling growlers to make sure they’ll have enough beer for the sold-out Haunted Brewery Tours tonight and Saturday [they “might be able to accommodate a few walk-ins for each tour,” and you can enjoy the outdoor beer garden both nights]. And Foolproof prez Nick Garrison says, “I’m going to be a hot dog that may or may not transform into a zombie.”

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Monday and Wednesday 12-5]: R.I.P.umpkin, Smoked Porter, Hurricane Amber Ale, India Point Ale, and Rhode Island Blueberry. “As for Halloween plans we’ve decked out the boo-ery and our Visitors Center crew will be dressing up! Rumor has it the Cookie Monster might make an appearance.”

At Tilted Barn Brewery [Saturday 1-4 pm]: Early Riser IPA, jack.. [pumpkin ale], and the Raffi [oatmeal stout], which won a bronze medal at the Great International Beer & Cider Competition award-winning [limit one 750ml bottle per person]. And the crew is “planning to do some costumes featuring our favorite TTB brews.”

At Whaler’s Brewing [Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 1-7 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm]: Blueberry Berliner Weisse, an Extra Pale Ale, the Wanderer Double IPA [a special double IPA], Hazelnut Stout, a Saison with Pomegranate, and Chinook IPA.

From Crooked Current’s Facebook page: “The final Thursday in our current location is in the books. Only tomorrow (Friday) from 5-8 & Saturday from 1-5 remain available for those looking to check out the location that started it all for CCB before the doors are locked for good and a new chapter commences.” Click here if you missed the big news about their bigger new space [and check their Facebook for what’s pouring].

Hit their websites for updates on Grey Sail and Ravenous.

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Short stuff: The Rhode Island Brew Fest, Revival’s grand opening, Proclamation Ale’s roots, and more

We’ll ease into our second year at the B&C desk with a few short items [we dropped 1000-plus words on Tuesday, including some exclusive news about Crooked Current]:

ri-brew-fest-no-date The first Big Beer Event of 2016 has been announced: The fourth annual Rhode Island Brew Fest will take place on January 30 at the Pawtucket Armory. The fest hosts more than 55 breweries; 13 locals are already proudly represented on the website. Tickets [$50, $15 for designated drivers; sessions from 1-4 and 5:30-8:30 pm] are on sale now — and there’s a $5 early bird discount through November 15 [promo code: EARLYBREW16]. We’ll have a lot more to share about the fest in the New Year — it’s a great beer gathering which chases the winter chill.

revival_nov1 The Revival Brewing Tour Launch Party — aka the “No Longer Homeless Party” — is on Sunday [11.1] at Brutopia Brewery & Kitchen [505 Atwood Ave, Cranston]. The event is the Official Grand Opening Celebration of the Revival crew “renting and managing the brewery part of [Brutopia] and working with the pub as a business partner,” as stated in a mid-September note from brewmaster Sean Larkin. There are tours and tastings at 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm; the $10 tickets are sold out, but $15 tix, which include an upgrade to a souvenir tulip glass, were still available when we hit “Publish” at 10:36 am. But don’t delay! You snooze, you…well, you know.

In August, Proclamation Ale Company’s Tendril was the readers’ choice in the Favorite Local IPA Poll, garnering 40 percent of the vote. The “1 and 1/2 times IPA” was one of Proc’s first two offerings [with zzzlumber], but has been out of the rotation for a while and has become something a local [sub]urban legend. But we think we know what this tweet is saying:

[Update on 10.29 @ 1:55 pm] We thought/guessed wrong about what the tweet was saying. We took the “roots” reference literally and assumed that Tendril was making a triumphant return, but it’s zzzlumber. Proving the adage about what happens when one assumes…

[Update on 11.3 @ 12:50 pm] Well, it turns out that we were right about what the tweet was saying. Proclamation just posted that Tendril will make its triumphant return on Thursday [11.5].

Pro tip: don’t play poker with the brewmaster — Dave didn’t show his hand when we asked about Tendril last week….

We posted an update at Change.org:

Let’s get to 1000 signatures!

Thanks to all who have signed the petition! We’d like to reach 1000 signatures before the end of day [10.29]. PLEASE share the link and encourage all of your beer-loving contacts to get on board. Next week we will forward the signatures to the governor, senators, and representatives. And when a bill is submitted in January 2016, we’re going to need your help again — this is the only the first step!

We will keep you posted re: future developments. Cheers!

We’ve scanned the list of signees and noted that some of our regular B&C readers still haven’t signed the petition [you know who you are]. So: just do it [please]. And share the doc! One K is in reach! Thank you!

And ICYMI, here’s our latest piece for Motif: “Devilish brews for the scary season,” a compendium of Halloweenish beers.

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Crooked Current is expanding; Newport Storm’s ’15; spooky brew fun; and it’s B&C’s birthday!

Let’s get to some news — that’s why you’re here! — before we indulge in a bit of self-congratulatory hooey…

Work-in-progress at Crooked Current's new sampling area
Work-in-progress at Crooked Current’s new sampling area

Big news from Crooked Current, the state’s smallest brewery. Jason Lourenco and Nichole Pelletier are very pleased to tell us: “We are expanding. We are nearly doubling in size as we move to the other side of the Lorraine Mills right next door to Nuts & More. This news comes on the heels of our one-year anniversary being open to the public, which fell on Sunday [10.25]. The move will expand the sample area, and allow for an increase in production by approximately 75 percent. We anticipate the new location having a soft opening to the public on Thursday, 11.5 from 5 to 7 pm, followed by a grand opening to be announced. We’re hoping the increased production will allow us to open on Sundays in addition to our normal hours [Thursday 5-7 pm, Friday 5-8 pm, and Saturday 1-5 pm]. Our goal is to be open on Sundays before the end of 2015.” Congrats, folks! [And gosh, imagine if they could sell more than 72 ounces per customer!]

Newport Storm inaugurated its Annual Release series with ’00, the brewery’s second-ever beer [after the flagship Hurricane Amber Ale]. The always-formidable [’04 was 14.1% ABV] and extreme beers have included a wide range of styles [lager, fruit. Belgian] and brewing adventures [the ’11 was a collaboration with RI brewers made with RI-made ingredients; ’14 was a “snow beer” brewed with 1300 gallons of melted winter wonder]. This year’s edition is on the way — ’15 [11% ABV] is a new spin on an old favorite. Here’s the skinny: “The crew here loves bacon. In fact, our 2014 fall office meeting, which was dominated by the smoky meat, is now referred to as ‘Baconfest.’ When we started experimenting two years ago with a hardwood smoked barley, it was only a matter of time before it showed up in our beer. In searching for flavors to pair it with, the brewery reached back a decade to our Annual Release ’05 for inspiration. There, they found exactly what they were looking for. This time, instead of adding cocoa to the beer, they used a brand new barley that was specifically malted to bring out this flavor. Think chocolate. Think bacon. Now stop thinking and start drinking.” The distinctive cobalt blue bottles sealed with wax are hitting stores now. And on Thursday [10.29] from 6 to 8 pm, the Newport Storm crew with host a launch party at their HQ [293 JT Connell Hwy], with tastings of ’15 [plus R.I.P.umpkin and the rest of their lineup], Halloween movie trivia, and other ghoulish fun. Admission is free!…And look for the return of InfRIngement, which was first released in August ’14. The Russian Imperial Stout [10% ABV] was aged in Thomas Tew Rum barrels; the name was inspired by the trademark infringement imbroglios that affected a few of our local breweries.

More spooky stuff: Foolproof will present some macabre fun at its Haunted Brewery Tours on Friday [10.30] and Saturday [10.31]. The party plan: “Come drink beer, be scared, and have fun!” Tix are $20; get ’em here. There are four sessions each night and some are close to selling out, so get ’em fast; the outdoor beer garden will be open for tastings if you don’t get inside for the boo!fest [Updated 10.29 @ 4:14 pm]: “Haunted Tours have officially sold out both nights! We might be able to let in a few walk-ins. Outdoor tastings will still be offered”.…And Bucket Brewery’s monthly Sound Check will be in the seasonal spirit on Friday from 6-9 pm. The bash at 100 Carver St in Pawtucket features music by Sharks Come Cruisin’ [get ready to sing along], a costume contest, and more frightful frivolity. Tix are $15, which includes four beer sample tickets [an extra $5 = a souvenir glass and extra beer per pour; bring a non-perishable food item for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and you get a bonus beer ticket] and entry for raffle prizes.

Dogfish Head mainman Sam Calagione was a very popular guy at Beervana. Tonight [10.28] at Federal Taphouse & Kitchen [279 Atwells Ave, Providence] at 6:30 pm, you can experience Beer Dinnervana with a delectable four-course meal featuring Dogfish brews. The pairings: General Tso’s Turkey Meatballs with Burton Baton; Roasted Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops with Sixty-One; Braised Beef Short Ribs with Indian Brown Ale; and Milk & Honey [chocolate mousse-and-more] with Tweason’ale. Tix are $65; call 401.454.8881 for reservations.

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One year ago today, we launched this modest enterprise; here’s the origin story. We’ve fulfilled our mission statement, delivering “mostly-daily news on Rhode Island breweries, events, and the freshest releases from our own backyahd and beyond.” And we’ve been privileged to break some big news, talk with brewers and other industry folks, and have some beyond-beer fun [see: R.E.M. and the radio].

This is our 280th post! We’ve spent hundreds [nay, thousands] of hours at the B&C desk. In the wee hours this morning, while musing about what to say in this post, these words by Frank O’Hara came to mind [as they have so many times through the years]:

…it is good to be several floors up in the dead of night
wondering whether you are any good or not
and the only decision you can make is that you did it

If you’re new ’round here, we encourage you to dive into the  archives. Here’s a helpful shortcut: in June, we shared B&C’s Top 5 Most-Read Posts [which excluded the closing-of-Track 84 entries and various polls]; since then, exclusive stories about the Malted Barley coming to downtown Providence and Narragansett’s Reanimator Helles Lager, the launch of the “Support the passage of better beer laws in Rhode Island” petition, and Q&As with brewmasters Dave Witham [Proclamation Ale Company] and Mike Gerhart [Otter Creek] have joined the top 10 [the Beervana-related posts are also lodged in the most-viewed realm]. And to all of our regular readers, including a few who have been here since the very first entry, sincere and heartfelt thanks for hanging out with us.

We had Big Giveaways for our 100th and 250th posts [which contain more huzzah-for-B&C! tidbits and stats]. Today we’ll be waiting for the truckfuls of beer and bagfuls of cash to arrive at B&C HQ to fête our Big First Birthday [we’ve backed the Kia out of the driveway]. Bring it on!

Cheers!

The Bottles & Cans blog: the origin story

Bottles & Cans’ first anniversary is on Wednesday. But the blog was “born” on December 1, 2012. On a [presumably cold and dreary and dispiriting] day when we were feeling less than optimistic about the future of The Providence Phoenix, we decided to prep a blog version of the “Bottles & Cans & Just Clap Your Hands” beer column that debuted in the paper in August 2011. We opened a Blogspot account and started poking around, using the words from the most recent column as fodder:

BANDC_demo_NEW

After a coupla hours, we signed out. And pretty much didn’t sign in again until the third week of October last year, a few days after the last issue of the Phoenix was published. We added and updated links [as seen on the screenshot — click through, the site still “lives”]…and then spent the next coupla days re-building the site-to-be at WordPress [the deciding factor: it looks much better on a phone] and tweaking the content and polishing the design. On 10.28.14 at 2:43 pm, we published “So, where were we?” [with a one-day-only sans-serif font; we weren’t done tweaking].

And here we are on 10.27.15, with our 279th post!

We’ll indulge in a little more one-year-old malarkey tomorrow. But in the meantime, there’s this petition to “Support the passage of better beer laws in Rhode Island” that needs your signature. And please share the link; the doc needs 216 more participants to reach 1000.

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The winners of the 19th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition

This just in from Gregg Glaser @ Yankee Brew News:

The 19th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition was held on Friday, October 23, in Providence, one day before the 22nd Annual Great International Beer Festival. Festivals of America produced both events. New England beer newspaper Yankee Brew News was the media sponsor of the competition.

Six hundred eighty (680) beers and ciders from breweries and cideries across the US and from around the world entered the competition. One hundred-twenty (120) professional brewers, beer industry professionals (retail and distribution) and beer journalists acted as judges in a blind tasting format. First, second and third place awards were presented in 59 categories of ales, lagers and ciders. The judges knew only the style and subcategory of each beer and cider.

Since the competition began in 1997, over 2000 beers and ciders have been judged. The awards were presented during the afternoon session of the beer festival, announced by Yankee Brew News editor-in-chief Gregg Glaser. On the floor of the festival, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, over 3500 beer lovers were able to sample over 250 beers and ciders.

The 20th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition and the 23rd Annual Great International Beer Festival will take place in November 2015 in Providence. The Ninth Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival will take place April 9, 2016.

The 13 Rhode Island winners are in bold. Congrats to Revival, Grey Sail, Trinity, Foolproof, Tilted Barn, Union Station, and Narragansett! [A PDF of the winners list is posted here.]

WHEAT — AMERICAN
1] Honeyspot Road – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2] Leisure Time Wheat Lager – Jack’s Abby Brewing – Framingham, MA
3] Miami Weiss – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD

WHEAT — GERMAN
1] No Limits – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2] Hefeweizen – Kretschmann Brewing – Webster, MA
3] Zeppelin Hefeweizen – Revival Brewing – Cranston, RI

WHEAT — WEIZENBOCK/DUNKELWEIZEN
1] Weizenbock – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD
2] Weizenbock – Kansas City Bier Co. – Kansas City, MO
3] Hingham Hay-Rider – Hingham Beer Works – Hingham, MA

LIGHT ALE — MIXED: CREAM ALE/OTHER
1] Saranac Gev IV Session IPA – FX Matt Brewing – Utica, NY
2] Flagship – Grey Sail Brewing of RI – Westerly, RI
3] Daytime – Lagunitas Brewing – Petaluma, CA

LIGHT ALE – KÖLSCH
1] Kölsch – Trinity Brewhouse – Providence, RI
2] Keene Kölsch – Elm City Brewing – Keene, NH
3] Brewmaster 1635 Kölsch – Newburyport Brewing – Newburyport, MA

LIGHT ALE — GOLDEN
1] Big Wave Golden Ale – Kona Brewing – Kailua-Kona, HI
2] Vineyard Summer Ale – Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA
3] Deckbeer – Northampton Brewing – Northampton, MA

BRITISH/IRISH ALE — ENGLISH BITTER
1 – Saranac Pale Ale – FX Matt Brewing – Utica, NY
2 – Uncle Bob’s – Riverwalk Brewing – Newburyport, MA
3 – Old Golden Hen – Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK

BRITISH/IRISH ALE — SCOTTISH
1 – Belhaven Scottish Oat Ale – Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK
2 – Whole Hog Scotch Ale – Stevens Point Brewery – Stevens Point, WI
3 – Belhaven Scottish Ale – Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK

BRITISH/IRISH ALE — ENGLISH ESB
1 – Train’s Best – Firefly Hollow Brewing – Bristol, CT
2 – Old Speckled Hen – Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK
3 – ESB – Redhook Ale Brewery – Portsmouth, NH

BRITISH/IRISH ALE — IRISH RED
1 – Samuel Adams Irish Red – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA
2 – Red Lantern – Firefly Hollow Brewing – Bristol, CT
3 – Murphy’s Red Ale – Murphy’s Brewery, Ireland

AMERICAN PALE ALE
1 – Stone Path Ale – John Harvard’s Brew House – Framingham, MA
2 – Pale Ale – Newburyport Brewing – Newburyport, MA
3 – X.P.A. – Upstate Brewing – Elmira, NY

AMERICAN AMBER ALE
1 – Moonrise – Firefly Hollow Brewing – Bristol, CT
2 – BRR – Widmer Brothers Brewing – Portland, OR
3 – Santa’s Private Reserve – Rogue Ales & Spirits – Newport, OR

BLACK IPA
1 – Route of all Evil – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Black Racer – Bear Republic Brewing – Cloverdale, CA
3 – Cantankerous Crow – Gardner Ale House – Gardner, MA

IPA
1 – Battle Axe IPA – Kelsen Brewing – Derry, NH
2 – Juggernaut IPA – Northampton Brewing – Northampton, MA
3 – Greyhound IPA – Northampton Brewing – Northampton, MA

BROWN/COPPER ALE — AMERICAN BROWN
1 – Paradigm Brown Ale – Kelsen Brewing – Derry, NH
2 – Leaf Raker – Mankato Brewing – North Mankato, MN
3 – Pecan Brown Ale – Main Street Brewing – Belleville, IL

BROWN/COPPER ALE — MIXED: ENGLISH MILD/NORTHERN BROWN/GERMAN ALT
1 – Squeaky Bike Nut Brown Ale – Moab Brewery – Moab, UT
2 – Anacostia Ale – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD
3 – Harvest Brown Ale – Brü Rm. @ BAR – New Haven, CT

PORTER — BROWN
1 – Black Butte Porter – Deschutes Brewery – Bend, OR
2 – UBU Ale – Lake Placid Brewing – Lake Placid, NY
3 – MV Porter – Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA

PORTER — ROBUST
1 – Porter – Appalachian Mountain Brewery – Boone, NC
2 – Raincloud Robust Porter – Foolproof Brewing – Pawtucket, RI
3 – Hingham Smoked Porter – Hingham Beer Works – Hingham, MA

STOUT
1 – Granite Stout – 603 Brewery – Londonderry, NH
2 – Black Cat Stout – Northampton Brewing – Northampton, MA
3 – The Raffi – Tilted Barn Brewery – Exeter, RI

LAGER — BOHEMIAN PILSNER
1 – Czechvar Lager – Budejovický Budvar, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
2 – Bohemian Pils – Von Trapp Brewing – Stowe, VT
3 – Bohemia – Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, Mexico

LAGER — CONTINENTAL PILSNER
1 – Pepperell Pilsener – Banded Horn Brewing – Biddeford, ME
2 – Ol’ Factory Pils – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
3 – Pilsner – Paradox Brewery – Schroon Lake, NY

LAGER — HELLES
1 – Kato Beer – Mankato Brewing – N. Mankato, MN
2 – Longboard Lager – Kona Brewing – Kailua-Kona, HI
3 – House Lager – Jack’s Abby Brewing – Framingham, MA

LAGER — PREMIUM LAGER
1 – Birra Moretti – Birra Moretti Brewery – Udine, Italy, Italy
2 – Lager – Narragansett Brewing – Providence, RI
3 – Moosehead Lager – Moosehead Breweries – Saint John, NB, Canada

LAGER — DORTMUNDER/OTHER
1 – Wet Hop Pilz – Blue Point Brewing – Patchogue, NY
2 – Lagerhaus – Fort Hill Brewery – Easthampton, MA
3 – None awarded

AMBER/DARK LAGER — AMBER
1 – Toasted Lager – Blue Point Brewing – Patchogue, NY
2 – Red Flag – Fort Hill Brewery – Easthampton, MA
3 – Saranac Adirondack Lager – FX Matt Brewing – Utica, NY

AMBER/DARK LAGER — DUNKEL
1 – Dunkel – Kansas City Bier Co. – Kansas City, MO
2 – Rufous – Gardner Ale House – Gardner, MA
3 – Dorfbier – Urban Chestnut brewing – St. Louis, MO

AMBER/DARK LAGER — SCHWARZBIER
1- Smoke & Dagger – Jack’s Abby Brewing – Framingham, MA
2 – Anniversary Lager – Main Street Brewing – Belleville, IL
3 – Conundrum – Northampton Brewing – Northampton, MA

AMBER/DARK LAGER — MIXED: BOCK-VIENNA-OTHER
1 – Dead Guy – – Rogue Ales & Spirits – Newport, OR
2 – Session Fest – Full Sail Brewing – Hood River, OR
3 – Festbier – Kansas City Bier Co. – Kansas City, MO

OKTOBERFEST
1 – Oktoberfest – Wormtown Brewing – Worcester, MA
2 – Fest Lager – Paradox Brewery – Schroon Lake, NY
3 – Samuel Adams Octoberfest – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA

STRONG — BARLEYWINE
1 – Brewmaster 1635 American Barleywine – Newburyport Brewing – Newburyport, MA
2 – Old Bawdy Barleywine – Pike Brewing – Seattle, WA
3 – Tenebris – Adroit Theory Brewing – Purcellville, VA

STRONG — BELGIAN DARK STRONG
1 – 21st Anniversary Ale – Martha’s Exchange – Nashua NH
2 – Rococo Belgian Dark Strong – Relic Brewing – Plainville, CT
3 – Scaldis Amber – Brouwerij Dubuisson, Pipaix Belgium

STRONG — BELGIAN DUBBEL/TRIPEL
1 – Abbey Dubbel – Elm City Brewing – Keene, NH
2 – Tripel Fish – Roosterfish Brewing – Watkins Glen, NY
3 – Belgian Tripel – Gardner Ale House – Gardner, MA

STRONG — DOUBLEBOCK
1 – Samuel Adams Doublebock – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA
2 – Henry’s Farm – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
3 – Liberator Doublebock – Thomas Hooker Brewing – Bloomfield, CT

STRONG — IMPERIAL IPA
1 – The Chosen One Double IPA – Tilted Barn Brewery – Exeter, RI
2 – Prospect – Foley Bros. Brewing – Brandon, VT
3 – Canal Street Big Boy – Boston Beer Works – Boston, MA

STRONG — RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT
1 – Igor’s Dream – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Darkness – Trinity Brewhouse – Providence, RI
3 – Russian Imperial Stout – Stone Brewing – Escondido, CA

STRONG — SCOTCH ALE
1 – Bo’s Scotch Ale – Milly’s Tavern – Manchester, NH
2 – Highland Hugh – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD
3 – Perry’s Revenge – Cottrell Brewing – Pawcatuck, CT

STRONG — OTHER
1 – Golden Delicouse – Captain Lawrence Brewing – Elmsford, NY
2 – Smashed Pumpkin – Shipyard Brewing – Portland, ME
3 – 97 Pound Weakling – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD

STRONG — MIXED: BALTIC PORTER-BELGIAN GOLDEN STRONG-IMPERIAL PILS-OLD ALE
1 – Pratt’s Strong Ale – Wormtown Brewing – Worcester, MA
2 – Fenway Redeemer – Boston Beer Works – Boston, MA
3 – Innsmouth Olde Ale – Narragansett Brewing – Providence, RI

SOUR/WILD BEERS — AMERICAN
1 – Urban Funk – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA
3 – Psychedelic Smokehouse – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD

SOUR/WILD BEERS — BERLINER WEISSE
1 – Chambord du Nord – Framingham Beer Works – Framingham, MA
2 – Berliner Weisse – Wormtown Brewing – Worcester, MA
3 – Krazy Pucker – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT

SOUR/WILD BEERS — FLANDERS RED BROWN
1 – Philsamic – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA
3 – The Dissident – Deschutes Brewery – Bend, OR

SOUR/WILD BEERS — FRUIT LAMBIC
1 – Kriek – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – LambickX – Brouwerij De Troch, Wambeek, Belgium
3 – None awarded

SOUR/WILD BEERS — LAMBIC
1 – Gueuze – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Viking Froach Scottish Sour – D9 Brewing – Cornelius, NC
3 – Ezekiel 25:17 Black Sour – D9 Brewing – Cornelius, NC

BELGIAN/FRENCH — WITBIER
1 – Worcester’s Bravest – Wormtown Brewing – Worcester, MA
2 – Plum Island White – Newburyport Brewing – Newburyport, MA
3 – Inedit Damm – Cervecería Damm – Barcelona, Spain

BELGIAN/FRENCH — BELGIAN PALE ALE
1 – Belgian Style Pale Ale – Bronx Brewery – Bronx, NY
2 – Affligem Blonde – Brouwerij De Smedt/Brouwerij Affligem, Opwijk, Belgium
3 – Tenacious Belgian IPA – Thomas Hooker Brewing – Bloomfield, CT

BELGIAN/FRENCH — BIERE DE GARDE
1 – Red Devils – Trinity Brewhouse – Providence, RI
2 – Holiday Ale – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
3 – Bière de Garde – Roosterfish Brewing – Watkins Glen, NY

BELGIAN/FRENCH — BELGIAN BLONDE
1 – Spencer Trappist Ale – Spencer Trappist Brewery – Spencer, MA
2 – Fuzzy Logic – Portico Brewing – Cambridge, MA
3 – Via Cordis – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT

BELGIAN/FRENCH — SPECIALTY
1 – Belgeastie Boys – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD
2 – Apple Brown Betty – Martha’s Exchange – Nashua NH
3 – RIPTA Belgian Tripel IPA – Revival Brewing – Cranston, RI

BELGIAN/FRENCH — SAISON
1 – Worker’s Stomp – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Brewmaster 1635 Saison – Newburyport Brewing – Newburyport, MA
3 – Saison – Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA

GLUTEN REDUCED
1 – Omission IPA – Omission Beer – Portsmouth, NH
2 – Daura Damm – Cervecería Damm – Barcelona, Spain
3 – Omission Pale Ale – Omission Beer – Portsmouth, NH

GLUTEN FREE
1 – Farmer Willie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer – Farmer Willie’s – Truro, MA
2 – New City Original Ginger Beer – New City Brewery – Easthampton, MA
3 – None awarded

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS — ALE
1 – Cherry Picker – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD
2 – Coconut Porter – Maui Brewing – Kihei, HI
3 – Blueberry Wheat – Sea Dog Brewing – Portland, ME

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS — BELGIAN
1 – Belgian Strawberry – Trinity Brewhouse – Providence, RI
2 – Scaldis Pêche Mel – Brouwerij Dubuisson, Pipaix Belgium
3 – Samuel Adams American Kriek – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS — LAGER
1 – Samuel Adams Porch Rocker – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA
2 – Union Station Blueberry – Union Station Brewery – Providence, RI
3 – Pumpkin Lager – Paradox Brewery – Schroon Lake, NY

CIDER — COMMON
1 – Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider – Angry Orchard Cider Co. – Cincinnati, OH
2 – Woodchuck Gumption – Woodchuck Hard Cider – Middlebury, VT
3 – Hard Cider – Cigar City Cider & Mead – Tampa, FL

CIDER — ENGLISH
1 – Angry Orchard Stone Dry Cider – Angry Orchard Cider Co. – Cincinnati, OH
2 – Angry Orchard Traditional Dry Cider – Angry Orchard Cider Co. – Cincinnati, OH
3 – None awarded

CIDER — FRENCH
1 – Celt Thirsty Warrior Cider – Groupe Eclore – Brittany, France
2 – None awarded
3 – None awarded

CIDER — FRUIT
1 – Rambunctious – Cigar City Cider & Mead – Tampa, FL
2 – Pear Cider – Foxcraft Hard Cider – Santa Rosa, CA
3 – Honey Plum Cider – Champlain Orchards – Shoreham, VT

CIDER — SPECIALTY
1 – Black Jack 21 – Ace Cider Co. – Sebastopol, CA
2 – Strongbow Ginger Hard Apple Cider – H. P. Bulmer, Hereford, England
3 – Macintosh & Maple Cider – Champlain Orchards – Shoreham, VT