Northeast Florida craft breweries are really starting to gain some notoriety in the Florida craft beer scene. Earlier this month, the Best Florida Beer Professional Championship resulted in several local breweries taking home awards in some pretty epic categories. Below are a list of the categories and the awards won by our outstanding local beer brewing talent:

American Amber / Brown Ale

Gold: Ancient City Brewing Co – American-Style Amber/Red Ale

Belgian / French Ale

Gold: Aardwolf Brewing Co – Belgian-Style Pale Ale

European Dark Lager / Ale

Gold: Wicked Barley Brewing Co – Dortmunder/European-Style Export

Gose

Gold: Wicked Barley Brewing Co – Leipzig-Style Gose

Euro and International Beer

Silver: Pinglehead Brewing – Magnolia Springs

Wild Beer

Silver: Aardwolf Brewing Co – Cherry Lovely

Mead

Silver: Wicked Barley Brewing Co – Orange Blossom Mead

Additional Best of Show awards were given to Wicked Barley Brewing Co. for Best Brewpub and Best Small Batch Beer in Florida for their Dortmunder.

I reached out to Wicked Barley’s Brewmaster, President and Cofounder, Philip Maple to ask about his thoughts about the great response to his beers and brewery.  His response was, “We are blown away by the response, it has given us a shot of adrenaline of sorts to work even harder to see where we can take our beer and brewpub. Our ultimate goal is to help push Jacksonville into the same craft beer destination like a San Diego, Asheville and Portland.”

So, the next time you visit one of Northeast Florida’s craft breweries, keep an eye out for more and more awards. I’m actually about to head out to get a taste of victory right now.

Cheers!

 

 

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