Dillon Dam Brewery takes World Beer Cup gold medal in Chicago
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The Dillon Dam Brewery has yet another award to hang on its wall – brewmaster Cory Forster’s newly improved McLuhr’s Irish Stout beat out 22 international beers to take a gold medal in the “Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout” category at the eighth bi-annual 2010 World Beer Cup in Chicago.
“Guinness pretty much is the measuring stick for the (Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout) category,” Forster said. “It’s the same style that we were able to take the gold in. The trick of Guinness is it’s dark, with coffee-roasted barley, hints of chocolate and a light, dry finish on the palette. We had just tweaked the (McLuhr’s Irish Stout) recipe slightly to add in some specialty malts to give it more depth of malt character and flavor, and the result was that it now has a lighter finish.”
At this year’s Beer Cup, 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. states competed for awards with 3,330 beers entered in 90 beer style categories. Countries competing ranged from Australia and Italy, to Iceland and Japan.
“It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers,” Forster said. “In this day and age, with 3,330 beers in the competition, it’s obviously very tough, and there’s a lot of good beers out there.”
The Dillon Dam Brewery is the only Summit County brewery to win a medal at the Beer Cup this year – Colorado breweries, however, won 11 medals. This is the third medal snagged by the local brewery at the international competition – the Sweet George’s Brown Ale won a gold in 2002 and a silver in 2008.
According to Forster, the Dillon Dam Brewery entered eight beers into the World Beer Cup this year. The brewmaster said he’s excited to see the judges’ notes on the other beers entered into the competition. He’ll go through all the notes to see what everyone thought of the beers and look out for taste tips to make improvements.
“It’s cool to see how you compare,” Forster said.
The beer competition also coincided with the Craft Brewers Conference, which hosted about 3,000 people for three days of brewing classes in Chicago.
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