The fifth annual Beer Championship Series wrapped up Thursday night, and the coveted Golden Taphandle Trophy will remain in the possession of Oklahoma City’s COOP Ale Works.
COOP’s Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout claimed the 2012 title as Okahoma’s favorite beer by defeating defending champion COOP Native Amber by a margin of 76 percent to 24 percent.
-Round 1: defeated Huebert Raspberry Wheat – 63 percent to 37 percent
-Round 2: defeated Anthem Golden One – 89 percent to 11 percent
-Sweet 16: defeated COOP DNR – 64 percent to 36 percent
-Elite Eight: defeated Marshall Atlas IPA – 62 percent to 38 percent
-Final Four: defeated St. Bernardus Abt 12 – 70 percent to 30 percent
-Final: defeated COOP Native Amber – 76 percent to 24 percent
Now COOP has claimed two consecutive Beer Championship Series titles, joining Marshall Brewing Co. as a two-time-winning brewery.
COOP is the first brewery to have two different beers win the title (Marshall McNellie’s Pub Ale won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010).
Here’s a statement from COOP’s JD Merryweather in response to the win:
“COOP Ale Works would like to thank all the other players in the bracket and all the voters for this year’s competition. We were please to see both Native Amber and our Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout go head-to-head in the final. We were proud to have four of our best in the 64-beer run off.
“The 2011 TROAIS was aged in Jack Daniels barrels for six months. It was quite flavorful and well-received both on draft and in the 750 ml limited-edition bottles. This year’s offering is resting peacefully in Evan Williams barrels waiting for it’s packaging date. Look for an early December release.
“COOP really appreciates the growth that we have seen in the Oklahoma craft beer market. All of the local breweries have benefited from the craft beer community stepping up and supporting made-in-Oklahoma beers.”
The Thirsty Beagle would like to thank all the beer fans who voted during the competition, as well as the members of the Beer Selection Committee for their help in assembling the bracket this year. And let’s not forget all the Oklahoma brewers who made beers we could include in the bracket.
Until next year, cheers!