Two-year-young Bucks County brewery Neshaminy Creek scored big over the weekend, notching a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for Churchville Lager. Many in the Philadelphia beer community were in Denver for the annual fest organized by the Brewers Association, which is home to the largest beer judging competition in the world.
Hershey-based Troegs Brewing also did well, taking first place in the Bock category for Troegenator Double Bock (the beer is already highly-accoladed; it's the recipient of eight medals in as many years) and a bronze for Sunshine Pils.
All in all, area brewers took home a dozen medals, including a silver and a bronze each for Yards Brewing (Brawler and Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce) and Sly Fox (Grisette and Oktoberfest). New Jersey's Flying Fish took silver for OktoberFish, and Iron Hill Media notched a bronze for Russian Imperial Stout, continuing the 10-brewpub-strong company's streak of at least one medal for the past 16 years.
Delaware's Dogfish Head, whose beer-geek celeb founder Sam Calagione greeted Standard Tap's William Reed with a hearty embrace during the awards ceremony, took a silver for honey beer Midas Touch. Other regional winners included McKenzie Brew House, Pennsylvania Brewing, Stewart's, Lavery Brewing and Maryland's Flying Dog.
Over 740 breweries from every state in the U.S. entered more than 4,800 beers in the 2013 competition, and 250 medals were awarded.