Common thought has been it's a sure bet that a brewery that has won medals at GABF, the World Beer Cup, or consistently has the crowds attention, is the beer to win. That Saturday on the other hand it was someone that many of us did not expect to win, Anacortes Brewery.
Winning for their 2010 vintage Old Sea Bass Barleywine, Anacortes not only surprised those that were judging at the event, but everyone when the announcement was made by Brouwer’s Cafe co-owner Matt Bonney. The results weren’t without consistency as Glacier Brewhouse took home third for their 2010 Old Woody Barleywine, while Anderson Valley took home second place for their 2009 vintage Horn of the Bear.
- 2010 (AK) Glacier Brewhouse Old Woody
- 2011 (CA) Firestone Abacus
- 2010 (WA) Anacortes Old Sea Bass
- 2009 (WA) Black Raven Old Birdbrain
- 2010 (WA) 7 Seas Wheel Chair
On top of the surprise first place winner Anacortes’ Old Sea Bass, we were will equally shocked at how well managed Brouwer’s felt compared to previous years. Starting with the number of people inside, one almost felt like most of the city forgot there was a festival going on inside. Top that off with a maximum of three drinks per order per person and you had the making of what appeared to be a smooth flowing festival. Heck the lines to the bar (via the server station) almost seemed non-existent.
See ya next year!