Some of the greatest professional and home brewers from around the globe sent in more than 6,300 beers to the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship and, last weekend, Peticolas Brewing Company earned top honors, taking home the title of Grand National Champion. Some past winners include heavy-hitters like Ballast Point Brewing Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery.
The Dallas-based brewery edged out second place finisher Brink Brewing of Cincinnati and Black Tooth Brewing Company of Wyoming in the eyes of the American, British and Canadian judges, earning three gold medals for its Black Curtain Imperial Stout, Great Scot! Scottish Ale and Velvet Hammer Imperial Red Ale. Peticolas also took home two silver medals for Royal Scandal English Pale Ale and Sledge Hammer American Barley Wine. Breweries from the Dallas-Fort Worth area took home 14 medals. Judging is blind, as judges knew only the 117 categories but were unaware of what beers they tasted.
Michael Peticolas, a trial attorney, began his craft beer adventure back in 2010, when he enrolled in the American Brewers Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering program and formed the Peticolas Brewing Company. Less than a year later, Peticolas built the brewery and in late 2011 the first batch of beer was brewed, which just so happens to be one of this year’s U.S. Open gold medal winners – Velvet Hammer. In the company’s very first year, with Michael operating as sole brewer, cellarman and brewery representative, it took home a variety of local and national awards, including a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for Royal Scandal – which had only been on the market for less than two months. Peticolas continues to pile up awards and gain notoriety on both a local and national scale.
While the brewery’s efforts can be found in abundance throughout northeastern Texas, Peticolas has yet to expand outside of the lone star state. However, if it continues to rack up various awards, we can only imagine it will soon be making its way to neighboring states and beyond, though according to a feature in D Magazine, Pesticolas never planned on being a huge brewery like some past winners, stating: “We have never wanted to be big. Our goal has always been to be GREAT – an accolade like this fills us with pride and provides a sense of validation with concern to realizing that goal.”
Only time will tell, as beer enthusiasts will want to give these libations a taste.
Other notable gold medal winning beers from this past weekend include Liquid Mechanics Brewing’s Beast of Bourbon for best Blended Barrel-Aged Beer, Philipsburg Brewing’s 5 Phantoms Pumpkin Spice Barelywine for Pumpkin, Mason Jar Lager Company’s Moonlight Excursion for Baltic Porter, Bron Yr Aur Brewing’s Gentlemens Stout for American Stout and Appalachian Mountain Brewing’s Not A Double IPA – which tied with Daredevil Brewing’s Dare Devil Rip Cord – for Imperial IPA.