By Paul Kavanaugh
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks on the local craft beer scene. Our contest, with our readers doing the voting, generated a lot of buzz.
And the winner is . . . JRH Brewing Company for their Tree Streets Pale Ale. Congratulations to the entire JRH team for creating and promoting their fine craft beer. JRH wins the coveted Loafer Trophy. Luci Tate, our publisher and Janie Jarvis, the local sales executive will present the trophy to their team.
The Loafer Salutes All of Our Nominees
Yee Haw Brewing Company: Kolsch – Light, refreshing & true to style.
Holston River Brewing Company: Rat Rod – A Vienna style lager made with Munich & Vienna malts, paired with German Perle Hops. Light amber color, easy to drink. Refreshing with enough flavor for a memorable beer.
Johnson City Brewing Company: Raspberry Mocha Stout – A rich, chocolatey oatmeal stout aged on dark roasted coffee with a raspberry finish.
Bristol Station Brews & Taproom: Barefoot Blonde – Belgian Wit Beer with a hint of orange.
Great Oak Brewing: Thunder Pig IPA
Elderbrew: Thai Fighter – Pad Thai Pale Ale, toasted coconut, powdered peanuts & Thai peppers.
Wolf Hills Brewing: White Blaze Honey Cream Ale – Traditional cream ale style featuring a light malt and saaz hops. Ten pounds of Appalachian Honey provides a rich sweet flavor.
Studio Brew: Hop Bomb – Irish Red Ale with a hoppy twist.
JRH Brewing Company: Tree Streets Pale Ale – Crisp pale ale that has a classic malt backbone, dry hopped with Fuggle hops to create a refreshing woodsy aroma.