My friend Greg is an avid home brewer. He's shared a number of his beers with me over the years. (He also gifted me that bottle of Pliny the Elder last year.) Greg's also a devoted hop head — a kindred spirit.
Greg entered one of his beers in this year's National Homebrew Competition. His entry was awarded a Silver Medal for the India Pale Ale category in the first round of judging last month. That means he'll move on to the Final Round to be held at the 2013 National Homebrewers Conference in Philadelphia on June 27.
The beer Greg entered was a recently reformulated version of his tasty Pike Ale. As he puts it, "It's seriously hoppy." The recipe uses Cascade, Magnum, Simcoe, Columbus, and Centennial hops, and is finished by dry hopping.
Congratulations Greg! I wish you well in the competition. And I am looking forward to tasting the new Pike Ale.
Perusing the first round results, I found two other Fredericksburg brewers who made the cut as well. Charles Arnold took a Bronze in Scottish and Irish Ales, and Mark Faller was awarded Silver in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer category. Kudos to all.