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”