Final Gravity leads strong local showing at Virginia Craft Beer Cup awards

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Final Gravity’s team took home top honors in the IPA category. (Mike Platania)

If you want to taste the two best IPAs in the state, look no further than a small taproom in Lakeside.

Final Gravity Brewing Co. took home first and second prize in the IPA category at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild’s annual Virginia Craft Beer Cup awards Monday night.

Held at the WestRock building downtown, the guild’s seventh annual ceremony sifted through 375 beer entries from over 100 breweries in Virginia to give out 27 awards. The beers were graded blindly by a panel of 38 judges earlier this spring in Northern Virginia.

Seventeen Richmond-area breweries claimed a combined 20 awards. Final Gravity had among the strongest showing of its local peers, with Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery each also taking home two awards.

The local scene improved on its numbers from last year’s competition, when 10 local breweries brought home 15 awards.

The coveted Best of Show award went to Harrisonburg’s Brothers Craft Brewing for its Lil’ Hellion Helles Lager. Blue Mountain Brewery’s Adambeor ale and Port City Brewing’s Optimal Wit witbier rounded out the top three.

Full list of local winners:

Final Gravity Brewing Co. – Richmond

First place: IPA, “The Doppler Effect”

Second place: IPA, “Retrograde”

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery – Goochland

First place: Spiced Beer, “Heir Apparent”

Second place: Strong American Ale, “Citra Happens”

Center of the Universe Brewing Co. – Ashland

First place: Specialty Beer, “Brandt”

Legend Brewing Co. – Richmond

First place: Amber and Brown American Beer, “Brown Ale”

Trapezium Brewing Co. – Petersburg

First place: Standard American Beer, “Mexican Lager”

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – Richmond

Second place: Standard American Beer, “Richmond Lager”

Second place: Strong Belgian Ale, “Singel”

Steam Bell Beer Works – Chesterfield

Second place: Spiced Beer, Tiramisu Stout

Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery – Richmond

Second place: Belgian Ale, “Belgian Wit”

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery – Henrico

Second place: Historical and Smoked Beer, “Oh, Here it Gose-gain”

Ardent Craft Ales – Richmond

Second place: Czech Lager, “Bohemian Pilsner”

Strangeways Brewing – Richmond

Third place: European Sour Ale, “Uberlin”

Stone Brewing – Richmond

Third place: American Porter and Stout, “Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout”

Castleburg Brewery and Taproom – Richmond

Third place: Belgian Ale, “Queens Guard”

Vasen Brewing Co. – Richmond

Third place: American Wild Ale, “Guava Gose”

Kindred Spirit Brewing – Goochland

Third place: Wood Beer, “Barrel ‘The Goodness’ Imperial Stout”

Champion Brewing Co. – Charlottesville/Richmond

Third place: Czech Lager, “Shower Beer”

Three Notch’d Brewing CO. – Charlottesville/Richmond

Third place: Pale American Ale, “Ghost of the 43rd”

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Mary Beth Henry
Mary Beth Henry
3 years ago

Way to go, Tony and the Final Gravity team. Love our local brewery in Lakeside!