Brewer Bob Barrar's The Russian, an imperial stout, was judged best among 91 entries in the category. The beer was rated No. 2 earlier this year at The Inquirer's annual Brew-vitational local-beer contest. Columnist Craig LaBan said the judges found it "richly malted and complex, with notes of molasses, licorice, and coffee, and a 'durable head and full body' that some found 'a bit hefty.' Another called it 'yummy but geeky.'"
Barrar won a bronze for Antonym among 27 entries in the Belgian- and French-Style Ale category.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. in Croydon won bronzes for Croydon Is Burning, a smoke beer, and Churchville Lager, a Vienna-Style Lager.
Flying Fish Brewing Co. in Somerdale won a silver in the Extra Special Bitter category for Red Fish, and a bronze in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale category for HopFish IPA.
Two Rivers Brewing Co. in Easton won gold for Six Finger Sam Saison, a specialty saison.
Yards Brewing Co. in Philadelphia won silver in the Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout category for Love Stout.
Iron Hill Brewery's Phoenixville location won a bronze for Bridge Street Bock, in the bock category.