Congrats to BEST OF SHOW winner Georgetown Brewing Co. of Seattle,
who’s Manny’s Pale Ale gleaned the most votes for the Best Brewer Award!
Manny’s is described as, “A careful selection of Northwest hops, premium barley, and our unique yeast give this ale a rich and complex malty middle with a snappy hop finish. It’s truly a micro that finishes crisp, clean, and smooth.”
Georgetown Porter (many know it by another name) also received a large number of votes, contributing to Georgetown’s Best Brewer title. Description, “This is an exceptionally flavorful medium bodied porter. We use tons of Chocolate, Munich, and Roasted Malt, then blend it with Centennial and Northern Brewer hops to create what we’d like to call Roasted Chocolaty Goodness. Mmm.. porter.”
Taking the Best Non-Beer category is Fox Barrel’s Pear Cider!
About the pear cider, “This delicately balanced cider is like biting into a ripe pear. The hand crafted subtlety of this 100% natural beverage pays homage to finer French ciders. Our remarkably versatile Pear Cider is consistently awarded gold medals at national and regional competitions.” Apparently Rails to Ales Brewfest tasters agree, as the long lines and being the first keg of the day to blowout attest!
Giving these guys a real run for their money were Iron Horse Brewery from Ellensburg, Deschutes Brewery from Portland, and Kona Brewing Co. from Honolulu.
We also have a sincere apology we were asked to convey from the owner of Alpine Brewing Co. out of Oroville, WA for not being able to attend this year’s Brewfest due to a back injury just days before the event. He was very disappointed as he was looking forward to visiting with brewfest fans again. This year’s champs better watch out next year as Alpine’s brand new Hefeweizen took best of show in Leavenworth earlier this year!