Local brewers earn State Fair accolades

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

Carolina Brewery of Chapel Hill’s Flagship India Pale Ale won Best of Show in the N.C. State Fair’s 2013 N.C. Brewers’ Cup competition. In the competition’s second year, the number of entries more than doubled.
Carolina Brewery’s Sky Blue Golden Ale was named second-best overall. Durham’s Fullsteam Brewery garnered third overall with First Frost Persimmon Ale.
In the home-brewer competition, Chris Creech of Durham won Best of Show for the second consecutive year. His winning beer was a sour ale named Sprechen Deutsch. Brian Quinn of Durham was second overall with his Vulcanalia Smoked Imperial Porter.
The competition had 136 professional entries and 257 home-brew entries. The total number of entries was 122 percent more than last year. Entries were evaluated by 31 professional beer judges in September.
Top winners will be displayed in the Education Building at the N.C. State Fair Oct. 17-27.
Following is a list of local winners in different beer categories.
Professional category
European Amber Lager: Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill — Oktoberfest
Bock: Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill — To Hell ‘n’ Bock
Light Hybrid Beer: Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill — Sky Blue Golden Ale
English Pale Ale: Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill -- Copperline Amber Ale
American Ale: Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill -- Firecracker Pale Ale
India Pale Ale: Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill -- Flagship IPA
Belgian and French Ale: Mystery Brewing, Hillsborough -- Evangeline Summer Saison
Strong Ale: Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill -- Old Familiar Barleywine
Fruit Beer: Fullsteam, Durham -- First Frost Persimmon Ale
Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer: Fullsteam, Durham -- Carver Sweet Potato Lager
Specialty Beer: Fullsteam, Durham -- Working Man's Lunch Dark Ale

Home Brewers category
Pilsner: Matthew Mathias, Durham -- Platz Uhasit Bohem. Pils
English Pale Ale: Chais McCurry, Durham -- Old Oaken Floor and Oak Aged ESB
Scottish and Irish Ale: Keil Jansen, Durham -- Strong Scottish Ale
American Ale: Nicholas Lombardo, Durham -- Tropical Pale Ale
German Wheat and Rye Beer: Kyle Driggers, Carrboro -- Dunkelweizen
Sour Ale: Chris Creech, Durham -- Sprechen Deutsch
Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer: Brian Quinn, Durham -- Vulcanalia Smoked Imperial Porter
Specialty Beer: Paul Hobson, Durham -- Gose
For a complete list of honorees, including second- and third-place finishers, visit http://ncbrewerscup.org.