Choc Beer Co. announced recently that is has entered Signature Dubbel and Miner Mishap in the largest European beer competition, marking the first time the brewery has entered a foreign contest. Below is a press release Choc put out to talk about the competition. (Before you get to that, however, just a reminder that I will unveil the 2010 Beer Championship Series bracket tomorrow morning, so stop by the blog and check it out.)
KREBS — Choc Beer Co. recently entered the European Beer Star competition. The competition, judged in Germany, is the first time Choc Beer Co. has competed on foreign soil. Choc entered Miner Mishap and Signature Dubbel. In 2010, 955 beers from 34 countries participated, making Beer Star the largest European beer competition. The winning beers will be announced Nov. 11 at BRAU Beviale in Nurembuerg, Germany.
Choc Brewmaster Michael Lalli explained, “We have been fortunate enough to win medals at international competitions before, but those competitions were held in the U.S. At the European Beer Star, American beers will be in the minority. We will be judged against some of the oldest and best European breweries and all this will happen in their own backyard.”
Miner Mishap and Signature Dubbel are currently available across Choc’s distribution network. Both beers are produced year round.
Miner Mishap is a German Schwarzbier. Although dark, Schwarzbiers typically have a lighter body and less roasted flavor than most dark beers. The beer is a very deep brown hue and a mix of roasted, chocolate, and sweet malt flavors. Miner Mishap is packaged in six packs of 12 oz. bottles.
Signature Dubbel is a traditional abbey style ale brewed to the high standards established by the Trappist breweries of Belgium. Signature Dubbel is ruby red and is highlighted by dark fruit and spice notes. The beer is packaged in 22 oz. bottles and is available on draft. Signature Dubbel won a gold medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival.