Breweries rack up awards at annual competition

Brewers and beer lovers gathered Saturday at Devils Backbone for the annual craft brew competition. Images courtesy of Charles Ryan.

Brewers and beer lovers gathered Saturday at Devils Backbone for the annual craft brew competition. Images courtesy of Charles Ryan.

Local breweries came home with their hands full this year from a popular statewide craft beer competition.

Eight Richmond breweries won a combined 19 awards at the fourth annual Virginia Craft Brewers Cup held over the weekend at Devils Backbone Brewing in Nelson County. Last year, eight breweries from the area took home 10 medals at the event.

Goochland-based Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery led the medal count among its local peers with four for its Virginia Black Bear, Nuclear Nugget, Supreme Leader, and Heir Apparent beers.

The Answer, a new brewpub on West Broad Street, took home three medals for its Hard in the Paint and Larceny beers, the latter of which won two golds, including best of show.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, which recently announced plans for a massive new facility in West Creek, won three medals for its Pils, Berliner Weisse, and Raspberry Stout.

Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery in Midlothian scored three awards for its ForeCzech, Citra Ass Down and Sin Bin beers.

Brandon Tolbert hoisting the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup for The Answer Brewpub.

Brandon Tolbert hoisting the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup for The Answer Brewpub.

Also toasting to an award-winning weekend was Goochland’s Midnight Brewing and Henrico County-based Strangeways Brewing.

A total of 306 beers were entered for judging in the competition. A full list of awards won by Richmond breweries is below:

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Virginia Black Bear, gold, Russian imperial stout
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Nuclear Nugget, bronze, strong ale
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Supreme Leader, bronze, smoked and wood aged beer
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Heir Apparent, silver, herb, spice and vegetable beer

The Answer, Larceny, gold, best of show
The Answer, Larceny, gold, IPA
The Answer, Hard in the Paint, bronze, imperial IPA

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Pils, gold, pilsner
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Berliner Weisse, bronze, sour ale
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Raspberry Stout, silver, fruit beer

Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery, ForeCzech, bronze, pilsner
Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery, Citra Ass Down, silver, IPA
Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery, Sin Bin, silver, Russian imperial stout

Midnight Brewery, New Beginning, gold, kolsch and altbier
Midnight Brewery, Rockville Red, gold, Scottish and Irish amber ale
Midnight Brewery, Not My Job, silver, English mild and brown ale

Triple Crossing Brewing Co., Element 79, bronze, British bitter

Garden Grove Brewing Co., Broke Down Soldier, bronze, English mild and brown ale

Strangeways Brewing, Martian Spring, bronze, Belgian session ales

Brewers and beer lovers gathered Saturday at Devils Backbone for the annual craft brew competition. Images courtesy of Charles Ryan.

Brewers and beer lovers gathered Saturday at Devils Backbone for the annual craft brew competition. Images courtesy of Charles Ryan.

Local breweries came home with their hands full this year from a popular statewide craft beer competition.

Eight Richmond breweries won a combined 19 awards at the fourth annual Virginia Craft Brewers Cup held over the weekend at Devils Backbone Brewing in Nelson County. Last year, eight breweries from the area took home 10 medals at the event.

Goochland-based Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery led the medal count among its local peers with four for its Virginia Black Bear, Nuclear Nugget, Supreme Leader, and Heir Apparent beers.

The Answer, a new brewpub on West Broad Street, took home three medals for its Hard in the Paint and Larceny beers, the latter of which won two golds, including best of show.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, which recently announced plans for a massive new facility in West Creek, won three medals for its Pils, Berliner Weisse, and Raspberry Stout.

Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery in Midlothian scored three awards for its ForeCzech, Citra Ass Down and Sin Bin beers.

Brandon Tolbert hoisting the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup for The Answer Brewpub.

Brandon Tolbert hoisting the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup for The Answer Brewpub.

Also toasting to an award-winning weekend was Goochland’s Midnight Brewing and Henrico County-based Strangeways Brewing.

A total of 306 beers were entered for judging in the competition. A full list of awards won by Richmond breweries is below:

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Virginia Black Bear, gold, Russian imperial stout
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Nuclear Nugget, bronze, strong ale
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Supreme Leader, bronze, smoked and wood aged beer
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Heir Apparent, silver, herb, spice and vegetable beer

The Answer, Larceny, gold, best of show
The Answer, Larceny, gold, IPA
The Answer, Hard in the Paint, bronze, imperial IPA

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Pils, gold, pilsner
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Berliner Weisse, bronze, sour ale
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Raspberry Stout, silver, fruit beer

Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery, ForeCzech, bronze, pilsner
Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery, Citra Ass Down, silver, IPA
Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery, Sin Bin, silver, Russian imperial stout

Midnight Brewery, New Beginning, gold, kolsch and altbier
Midnight Brewery, Rockville Red, gold, Scottish and Irish amber ale
Midnight Brewery, Not My Job, silver, English mild and brown ale

Triple Crossing Brewing Co., Element 79, bronze, British bitter

Garden Grove Brewing Co., Broke Down Soldier, bronze, English mild and brown ale

Strangeways Brewing, Martian Spring, bronze, Belgian session ales

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