The 2008 Brewers Association World Beer Cup winners were announced in San Diego last night. One of the local winners was Clipper City Winter Storm Category 5 Ale, which was awarded a Gold Medal in the International Pale Ale category. This beer is one that I happen to enjoy very much, and indeed is mentioned frequently on this blog. Looking back on those posts, I feel compelled to add a disclaimer. To paraphrase Tom Cizauskas, "Caveat: I am NOT employed by the Clipper City Brewing Company." Coincidentally, just last week I enjoyed the remaining bottles I had on hand from the 2007 release of Winter Storm. Alas, I'll likely have to wait till next Winter to raise another glass of this now award-winning beer.
A couple other local breweries whose beers I've been enjoying recently also did well. Starr Hill Brewery earned a Silver Medal in the Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout category. The medal was awarded for their Dark Starr Stout. Starr Hill beers have only recently become available in Fredericksburg. Recently moving brewing operations to Maryland, although they still claim Denver as home, Flying Dog Brewery garnered two medals, including a Gold for Gonzo Imperial Porter.
Other local medal winners include Great American Restaurants (AKA Sweetwater Tavern), Wild Goose Brewery (owned by Flying Dog), and Rock Bottom Brewery. Review the complete winner list and see how your local favorites did.