2018 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Winners announced

Virginia Craft Beer CupThe Virginia Craft Brewers Guild announced the 2018 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners on Monday, June 4, WestRock in Richmond.

There were nearly 300 brewers and supporters in attendance to celebrate excellence in independent Virginia craft beer.The Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition was managed by Master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Judge Tom Cannon, 38 judges and 15 stewards. Bill Butcher, Port City Brewing Co.; Bill Madden, Mad Fox Brewing Co.; and Duke Fox, Starr Hill Brewery, served as advisors. This year 375 beers in 27 categories competed for awards. The judging took place Saturday, May 19 at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton, Virginia.

The Virginia Craft Beer Cup continues to be the largest state competition of its kind in the United States. The VCBG is committed to giving its members the opportunity to compete, obtain critical feedback from certified judges, and get statewide recognition that will help build their brands. “Contributing to the development of outstanding independent craft beer is central to our mission,” said Brett Vassey, President & CEO, Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. “The Cup is an important part of helping to expand public recognition and peer appreciation for great craft beer.”

Virginia Craft Beer Cup: Best in Show

  • First Place         Brothers Craft Brewing, Lil’ Hellion
  • Second Place     Blue Mountain Barrel House & Organic Brewery, Adambeor
  • Third Place          Port City Brewing Company, Optimal Wit

Amber and Brown American Beer

  • First Place            Legend Brewing Company, Brown Ale
  • Second Place       Alewerks Brewing Company, Tavern Brown Ale
  • Third Place           MoMac Brewing Company, Craney Island Brown Ale

Amber Malty and Bitter European Lager

  • First Place               Mustang Sally Brewing Company, Article One Amber Lager
  • Second Place         Caboose Brewing Company, Vienna (VA) Lager
  • Third Place              Starr Hill Brewery, Jomo

American Porter and Stout

  • First Place               Wild Wolf Brewing Company, American Stout
  • Second Place          Old Ox Brewery, Black Ox
  • Third Place              Stone Brewing, Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout

American Wild Ale

  • First Place                The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery, Dr. Rendezvous
  • Second Place           Reaver Beach Brewing Company, The Reaver
  • Third Place               Väsen Brewing Company, Guava Gose

Belgian Ale

  • First Place               Port City Brewing Company, Optimal Wit
  • Second Place         Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, Belgian Wit
  • Third Place             Castleburg Brewery and Taproom, Queens Guard

British and Scottish Ale

  • First Place               Ballad Brewing, Fast Mail
  • Second Place         Port City Brewing Company, Monumental IPA
  • Third Place             Twin Creeks Brewing Company, Across the Pond British Brown Ale

Czech Lager

  • First Place               Port City Brewing Company, Downright Pilsner
  • Second Place         Ardent Craft Ales, Bohemian Pilsner
  • Third Place             Champion Brewing Company, Shower Beer

Dark and Strong British Beer

  • First Place            The Virginia Beer Company, Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout
  • Second Place       Adventure Brewing Company, Black Sail Scotch Ale
  • Third Place           Brew Republic Bierwerks, Nightmare

European Dark and Strong Lager

  • First Place            Wasserhund Brewing Company, Doppeldog Lager
  • Second Place       Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse, Winter Solstice
  • Third Place           Beer Hound Brewery, Zoeie

European Sour Ale

  • First Place            Red Dragon Brewery, Here Be Dragons
  • Second Place       Beale’s Beer, Bearliner
  • Third Place           Strangeways Brewing, Uberlin

Fruit Beer

  • First Place            Olde Salem Brewing Company, Swag Surfin’ Oceanside Gose
  • Second Place       Big Lick Brewing Company, Smile Like You Mean It
  • Third Place           The Bold Mariner Brewing Company, Monkey’s Fist

German Wheat Beer

  • First Place             Black Hoof Brewing Company, Weissbier
  • Second Place        Alesation Brewing Company, Das Weizen
  • Third Place            Crooked Run Brewing, Best Days

Historical and Smoked Beer

  • First Place              Blue Mountain Barrel House and Organic Brewery, Adambeor
  • Second Place         Rock Bottom Restaurants and Brewery, Oh, Here is Gose-gain
  • Third Place             Portner Brewhouse, Portner Porter

International Lager

  • First Place              Coelacanth Brewing Company, Tailgate
  • Second Place         Bick Lick Brewing Company, A Huevo! Mexican Lager
  • Third Place             South Street Brewery, VA Lager


  • First Place              Final Gravity Brewing Company, The Doppler Effect
  • Second Place         Final Gravity Brewing Company, Retrograde
  • Third Place             Starr Hill Brewery, Looking Glass

Irish Beer

  • First Place              Pale Fire Brewing Company, Red Molly
  • Second Place         Old Busthead Brewing Company, Vixen
  • Third Place             Ono Brewing Company, Black Pearl

Pale American Ale

  • First Place              6 Bears and a Goat, Mae West
  • Second Place         2 Silos Brewing Company, Mason Pale Ale
  • Third Place            Three Notch’d Brewing Company, Ghost of the 43rd

Pale Bitter European Beer

  • First Place              Bull Island Brewing Company, King Street Kolsch
  • Second Place         Fair Winds Brewing Company, Quayside Kolsch
  • Third Place             Backroom Brewery, Kiss-Me-Kolsch

Pale Malty European Lager

  • First Place              Brothers Craft Brewing, Lil’ Hellion
  • Second Place         Random Row Brewing Company, Not Yours Maibock
  • Third Place             Beale’s Beer, Gold

Specialty Beer

  • First Place              Center of the Universe Brewing Company, Brandt
  • Second Place         Apocalypse Ale Works, Dreamsicle
  • Third Place             Precarious Beer Project, Reve Du Jour

Spiced Beer

  • First Place               Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Heir Apparent
  • Second Place          Steam Bell Beer Works, Tiramisu
  • Third Place              Old Ox Brewery, Kristin’s Passion

Standard American Beer

  • First Place               Trapezium Brewing Company, Mexican Lager
  • Second Place          Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond Lager
  • Third Place              Bald Top Brewing Company, Manor House Ale

Strong American Ale

  • First Place                Precarious Beer Project, Everything Is Lava But the Swings Are  Base
  • Second Place           Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Citra Happens
  • Third Place               Ballad Brewing, Home

Strong Belgian Ale

  • First Place                Belly Love Brewing Company, 50 Shades of Gold
  • Second Place           Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Singel
  • Third Place               Reaver Beach Brewing Company, Oceanus Arum

Trappist Ale

  • First Place                Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse, BOFT Dubbel
  • Second Place           Blue Mountain Brewery, Marsedon
  • Third Place               The Farm Brewery at Broad Run, Wes’ Maul

Wood Beer

  • First Place                Brothers Craft Brewing, Resolute
  • Second Place           Wasserhund Brewing Company, Bourbon Barrel Haywire Husky
  • Third Place               Kindred Spirt Brewing, Barrel “The Goodness” Imperial Stout

Award winners will be featuring their beers in their tasting rooms, at festivals and through their wholesale and retail partners. The VCBG encourages craft beer enthusiasts to tour these breweries and sample these great craft beers. To learn more about these breweries and plan your next trip, visit our craft brewery directory at http://virginiacraftbrewers.org/guild.aspx or go to the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s craft beer site to plan your next weekend or vacation www.virginia.org/craftbeer/.

The VCBG also encourages anyone interested in tasting many of these award-winning beers at one place to register for the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest coming up on August 18 in Charlottesville, VA – www.vacraftbrewersfest.com.

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