Quick Hits: Best Beer Names and Brewing Leaders Honored

, Quick Hits: Best Beer Names and Brewing Leaders Honored

(Courtesy US Open Beer Championship)

The beer biz never sleeps at American Craft Beer. And here’s just some of what’s been happening while you were drinking your way through the weekend.

US Open Beer Championship Picks Favorite Beer Names

The US Open Beer Championship recently wrapped up in Ohio and they’ve announced this year’s beer and brewery winners. And in addition to judging more beer styles than any other competition in the world, its panel also picks their favorite beer names from the event every year…

First the Top 10 best breweries…

  1. Toppling Goliath Brewing – Iowa
    2. Schulz Brau Brewing – Tennessee
    3. Motorworks Brewing – Florida
    4. Wellington Brewery – Ontario
    5. Big Ditch Brewing Company – New York
    6. Main & Six Brewing Company – Florida
    7. Oregon City Brewing Co – Oregon
    8. Barrel Chest Brewing – Virginia
    9. Fretboard Brewing – Ohio
    10. Niagara College Teaching Brewery – Ontario
    10. Sun King Brewery – Indiana

And here are 2021’s Top 10 favorite beer names….

  1. Finely Aged Plummer’s Crack Ale – Bad Dad Brewing Company
    2. I Hated Listermann Before It Was Cool Stout – Listermann Brewing
    3. We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Pontoon Boat DIPA – Pontoon Brewing
    4. Tripel Dollar Bill Y’all – Lexington Brewing & Distillery
    5. Never Fight a Man with a Perm Barley Wine – Lynwood Brewing Concern
    6. Magic Carpet Rye’d – Model A Brewing
    7. Dank Poets Society Imperial IPA – Riip Beer Company
    8. The Cashmere Shrinkage Pale Ale – 1840 Brewing
    9. That’s Wit she said – Legacy Ale Works
    10. Bitchin Kitchin IPA – MPH Brewing


Words to Drink By 

“Offensiveness is entirely subjective and depends on many factors including context and tone as well as an individual’s unique life experiences.” – Jim Caruso, CEO Flying Dog Brewery on censorship.


, Quick Hits: Best Beer Names and Brewing Leaders Honored

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Brewers Association Names Industry Award Recipients

The Brewers Association has been recognizing individuals who inspire, defend, and innovate within the craft brewing industry since 1987. And they awarded three individuals for their dedication and service during a presentation at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver over the weekend.

The F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award went to Pamela Brulotte, owner of Icicle Brewing Co. & München Haus in Leavenworth, Washington, for her work as President of the Washington Brewers Guild. Under Brulotte’s leadership, the guild has challenged increasing beer excise taxes and secured marketplace access for brewers, increasing their ability to sell and market their beers. Watch Brulotte’s video here.

The Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing went Steven Pauwels, brewmaster at Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, Missouri. Pauwels is responsible for developing more than a dozen new Boulevard brands, including the critically acclaimed Smokestack Series line of artisanal beers. A native of Belgium, Pauwels has overseen all aspects of brewing and quality control since joining Boulevard Brewing in 1999. Watch Pauwel’s video here.

The Brewers Association Recognition Award went to John Mallett, vice president of operations of Bell’s Brewery in Galesburg Michigan This award is presented each year to an individual or company whose inspiration, enthusiasm, and support have contributed to the craft brewing movement. Mallett is currently the president of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas and chairperson of the American Malting Barley Association, a father and seasoned volunteer ski patroller. Watch Mallett’s video here.

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