Today we kick off the 13th conference of the Beer Championship Series, the Germany Conference. We’ve now rounded the turn and are heading for home on our way to completing action in 24 beer conferences. We’ve got 24 beers that have locked up spots in the 64-beer bracket. They are: McNellie’s Sundown Wheat, McNellie’s Pub Ale, Modelo Especial, Tecate Lager, La Fin du Monde, Molson Canadian, Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Sapporo, Asahi, COOP F5 IPA, COOP Native Amber, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Keystone Premium, Newcastle Brown Ale, Fuller’s ESB, Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Pilsner Urquell, Carlsberg Pilsner, Budweiser, Coors Original, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Anchor Steam Beer. All these beers will compete for the chance to be named Oklahoma’s favorite beer. And which beers will join the bracket from the Germany Conference? Your votes will decide:
The final results are in for the West Coast Conference of the Beer Championship Series. Your winner is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Here are the final standings:
1. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: 42 percent
2. Anchor Steam Beer: 20 percent
3. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale: 12 percent
4. Anchor Christmas Ale: 10 percent
5. Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen: 5 percent
5. Anchor Liberty Ale: 5 percent
7. Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen: 2 percent
7. Gordon Biersch Marzen: 2 percent
7. Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock: 2 percent
So Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Anchor Steam Beer have earned spots in the 64-beer bracket. Tune in on Monday for voting in the competitive Germany Conference. Cheers!
Here’s an interesting article about the carbon footprint of beer.
Looking for a beer with less of a carbon footprint? Drink one that was made right here in Oklahoma! Plenty of good choices. (Thanks to TTB follower and beer news hound Jay F. Marks for passing the link along.)
Choc Beer Co. recently pulled a medal sweep at the North American Beer Awards, bringing home a gold for its Signature Dubbel, a silver for its Signature Quad and a bronze for Waving Wheat. This is especially big news for Signature Dubbel, which claimed gold last year at the Great American Beer Festival. I have a bottle of Dubbel in the fridge right now; I’m saving it for some undetermined special event that calls for its opening. That’s how good the beer is, folks. If you’ve not tried it, you owe it to yourself to sample this world-class beer. Congrats to Choc on the great showing. Below is a press release from Choc with more information. (Note the part about Signature Quad coming out in 12-oz bottles. Might we see all of Choc’s Signature Series in 12-oz bottles at some point?)
Choc Beer Wins Three Medals at North American Beer Awards
Krebs — Oklahoma’s own Choc Beer Company won a gold, silver, and bronze medal at last Friday’s 2010 North American Beer Awards in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Over 1,200 beers from across the world entered the competition. Choc’s gold medal was awarded to Signature Dubbel, the silver to Signature Quad, and the bronze to Waving Wheat. These are the latest in a series of wins at major beer competitions for Choc. Recent awards include a gold medal for Signature Dubbel at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival, a bronze award at the 2010 World Beer Cup (Signature Quad), and a silver medal at the 2009 North American Beer Awards for Waving Wheat.
Choc Brewmaster Michael Lalli, detailed what the awards mean to Choc: “Every medal we are able to win is a thrill! It helps people who are unfamiliar with Choc realize we make world class beer.”
Lalli also spoke about Choc’s recent and repeated successes: “Winning one medal is great but the second, and third medals prove we are able to continually and consistently produce world class beer.”
Signature Dubbel and Waving Wheat are currently available across Choc’s distribution network. Limited quantities of Signature Quad are also available. Signature Quad will be widely available in 12 and 22 ounce bottles by mid July. All three beers are produced year round.
Signature Dubbel and Signature Quad are traditional abbey style ales brewed to the high standards created by the Trappist breweries of Belgium. Signature Dubbel is a deep ruby red color and is highlighted by dark fruit and spice notes. Signature Quad is a darker, mahogany hue with more concentrated notes of fruits and spice. Waving Wheat is Belgian style white ale brewed with spices and citrus fruit.
Choc Beer Company is a family owned brewery located in Krebs, Oklahoma. Choc has produced fine beers for four generations. Choc currently produces ten years round beers augmented by seasonal releases. Choc beers are distributed throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, and Minnesota.
The North American Beer Awards is an annual competition sanctioned by the North American Brewers Association. The competition, in its fourteenth year, is held in conjunction with the association’s Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho Fall, Idaho. For more information on the awards or festival visit the association’s website, northamericanbrewers.org.
Here’s conference No. 12 in the Beer Championship Series: the West Coast Conference. There are some good beers involved here. (Can you tell I like Christmas seasonals?)
Let the voting commence!
1. Budweiser: 34 percent
2. Coors Original: 26 percent
3. Coors Light: 13 percent
4. Miller Light: 12 percent
5. Bud Light Lime: 5.5 percent
5. Michelob Ultra: 5.5 percent
7. Bud Light: 4 percent
So Budweiser and Coors Original move on to the 64-beer bracket. On Monday, we’ll start voting in our next conference, the West Coast Conference. The WCC is the 12th conference of the Beer Championship Series, meaning we’ll be halfway through conference action by this time next week. Remember, you’re picking the beers that make into the bracket for a chance to be called Oklahoma’s favorite beer. So if you see one of your favorites, do your civic-beer duty and cast your vote
Quick reminder: today is the last day to vote in the Megabrew Conference of the Beer Championship Series. You can surf on over right here and cast your vote. Right now we have a close race between Budweiser and Coors Original.
Now on to some beer news:
-Mustang Brewing reports that more then 1,100 cases of Mustang beer were sold in May, with more than 500 of those being Washita Wheat.
-COOP Ale Works tweeted this week that plans remain on track to have 16-oz. cans of Horny Toad Cerveza and Native Amber in liquor stores in the first half of July.
-In other COOP news, as of this morning there were only a few spots left for COOP’s five-beer pig dinner tonight at The Tasting Room. You can reach The Tasting Room at 604-3015. You can see the pig below, courtesy of the artistic camera work of COOP’s JD Merryweather.
The ever-trusty Wes Alexander at Marshall Brewing sent me an e-mail the other day to alert me to a great event coming up at The Melting Pot. I know this event will be great because it includes two things near and dear to my heart: craft beer and fondue. Enough said, right? Since you are likely now quite intrigued, allow me to provide you with some details. The Melting Pot restaurants in OKC and Tulsa are hosting week-long Father’s Day specials from June 14-20. For $50, plus tax and tip, you get a three course fondue paired with beer from Marshall.
-Course 1: Cheddar cheese fondue with Old Pavilion Pilsner
-Course 2: Garlic chili chicken, citrus pork tenderloin, spicy shrimp and spinach-Gorgonzola ravioli with a sriracha aioli sauce with Atlas India Pale Ale
-Course 3: White chocolate butterscotch fondue with McNellie’s Pub Ale
Wes and Marshall brewmaster Eric Marshall will attend special dinner presentations from 6 to 8 p.m. June 16 at the OKC location and June 17 at the Tulsa location. Diners are invited to visit with Wes and Eric to talk about the beers and the pairings. Reservations are recommended for the June 16 and 17 dinners.
If you’re interested in reservations, call 235-1000 in OKC or (918) 299-8000 in Tulsa.