gtocg2012

The results are in from the first annual Great Taste of Cottage Grove, which was held on Saturday, December 15, 2012.  There were 20-23 beer lovers that blind tasted each of the beers, one category at a time, and ranked them based on personal preference.  The results are in and analysis of each category will be posted throughout the week.  A special thanks to the Board of Directors for helping put together this event and assistance with picking representatives for each category.  The BoD includes myself, @chadmeindl, @Badger_Alum1, and Ryan Turner.

Amber Category
Gold Medal – Alaskan Amber
Silver Medal – Sprecher Special Amber
Bronze Medal – Ale Asylum Ambergeddon
Other Participants: Stone Levitation and Bells Amber

Porter Category
Gold Medal – Ale Asylum Contorter Porter
Silver Medal – Founders Porter
Bronze Medal – O’So Night Train
Other Participants: Tyranena Devil Made Me Do It! and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

American Adjunct Category
Gold Medal – Old Style
Silver Medal – Budweiser
Bronze Medal – PBR
Other Participants: Hamms and High Life

Stout Category
Gold Medal – Central Waters Satin Solstice
Silver Medal – Bells Expedition Stout
Bronze Medal – Founders Breakfast Stout
Other Participants: Great Divide Yeti, Third Tier Ten, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

IPA Category
Gold Medal – Surly Furious
Silver Medal – Bells Two Hearted
Bronze Medal – Founders Centennial IPA
Other Participants: Stone IPA and Lakefront IPA

Medal Counts:
Ale Asylum – 4 points (1 Gold, 1 Bronze)
Founders Brewery – 4 points (1 Silver, 2 Bronze)
Bells Brewery – 4 points (2 Silver)
Pabst Brewing Company – 4 points (1 Gold, 1 Bronze)
Surly Brewing – 3 points (1 Gold)
Alaskan Brewing – 3 points (1 Gold)
Central Waters Brewing – 3 points (1 Gold)
Sprecher Brewing – 2 points (1 Silver)
Anheuser Busch Brewing – 2 points (1 Silver)
O’So Brewing – 1 point (1 Bronze)

It looks as though the event will move to the fall in 2013.  Some of the expected categories include: Oktoberfest and Scotch Ales and we are open to other suggestions.

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