Local breweries soaked up some accolades during the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild’s annual contest to celebrate the state’s best brews.
The 2019 Virginia Craft Beer Cup, held this month in Richmond, attracted 342 entries competing across 35 categories.
Salem-based Parkway Brewing Co. took home a first-place honor for its Triple “A” ale in the category of American amber and brown beers.
Out of Franklin County, Chaos Mountain Brewing’s Glutenless Maximus, a gluten-free pale ale, nabbed a bronze medal for beers using alternative fermentables.
The Red Leaf IPA from Twin Creeks Brewing Co. in downtown Vinton claimed bronze among specialty IPAs.
Two breweries in Bedford County made the winners' list: Apocalypse Ale Works earned second place in Trappist ales for its Brohead Fred brew, and Beale’s Beer was awarded third place among historical beers for its Gratzer.
Two Charlottesville-area breweries with Roanoke outposts also earned prizes. Three Notch’d Brewing Co. was recognized for its No Veto English Brown Ale and Ghost of the 43rd American Pale Ale, while Starr Hill Brewery was honored for The Love, a wheat beer, and Little Red Rooster Coffee Cream Stout.
This was the eighth annual Virginia Craft Beer Cup. The statewide competition is the largest of its kind in the nation, according to the brewers guild.