Hampton Roads breweries rack up the medals in state beer cup awards


Smartmouth Brewing Company took home the first place best in show award for Safety Dance from the 2017 Virginia Beer Cup.

The winners were announced in a ceremony in Richmond Monday. More than 40 judges tasted 356 beers in 24 categories, according to a news release. The judging took place on May 13 at Fair Winds Brewing Co. in Lorton.

Safety Dance also won first place in the Pale Bitter European Beer category.

Other local winners:

St. George Brewing Company: third for Summer Ale for best in show

St George Brewing Company: first for Summer Ale in the British Pale Ale Category

Green Flash: second for Sea to Sea in the Pale Malty European Lager Category
Green Flash: third for West Coast IPA in the Strong American Ale category
Green Flash: third for GFB in the Pale American Beer category
Big Ugly Brewing: third for Ghost Rider Porter in the International Lager and Strong European Beer category
Big Ugly Brewing: first for Barnfind Barleywine in the Strong British Ale category

Brass Cannon Brewing: first for Smoothbore in the Scottish and Irish Ale category
Bold Mariner Brewing Company: third for Red Maiden in the Scottish and Irish Ale category
Bold Mariner Brewing Company: third for Baja Roasted Ale in the spice, herb or vegetable beer category

Rip Rap Brewing Company: third for Breakwater in the Standard American beer category

Coelacanth Brewing Company: second for Quiet Storm in the American Porter and Stout category
Coelacanth Brewing Company: first for Passion Fruit Gose in the Historical, Alternative and American Wild Ale category

Oozlefinch Craft Brewery: second for Lady in White in the German Wheat Beer category

Benchtop Brewing Company: first for Trial of Dmitri in the specialty beer category

Wasserhund Brewing Company: second for Haagen Dog Stout in the specialty beer category

Author: Robyn Sidersky

Robyn Sidersky writes about Virginia Beach news and beer. She writes a beer column called "Did Somebody Say Beer?'' for the Virginia Beach Beacon.

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