EUGENE, OR: Eugene-based Alesong Brewing and Blending earned a bronze medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 98 beer-style categories were announced October 8 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
At Alesong, we really love working with non-traditional yeast and microbes, so to be fortunate enough to earn medals two years in a row for our brett beers is really amazing! With so many great breweries in the competition, it’s quite an honor” said Brian Coombs, Alesong’s cellarmaster and one of three founding partners.
Alesong was recognized in the “brett beer” style category for its Touch of Brett: Mosaic, a dry, French-style saison that was primary fermented with Brettanomyces for a fruity and spicy experience. After aging in neutral oak wine barrels, it was dry-hopped liberally with Mosaic hops to complement the ripe pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and rose-like flavors that evolved during the aging time. Alesong currently has the award winning beers pouring on draft and available in bottle at its tasting room, located at 80848 Territorial Highway and open from 12-8 p.m. every Friday - Sunday.
The 2017 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 276 expert judges from 7,923 entries, plus 118 Pro-Am entries, received from 2,217 U.S. breweries.
“Each year the Great American Beer Festival showcases the best that American brewers have to offer,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “With a record 8,000 + entries, this year’s competition was the most competitive to date. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated why the U.S. is the world’s best and most diverse brewing nation.”
For more GABF information, including the 2017 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.
ABOUT ALESONG BREWING AND BLENDING: Alesong Brewing and Blending is a small artisan brewery based in the heart of Southern Willamette Valley wine country that crafts unique and small-batch beers with a focus on oak aging and Belgian-inspired techniques, brewing both wild and non-wild beers, using locally grown fruits, herbs and a host of special yeasts and other microbes. Once the beer in the barrels has matured, the team samples and selects each barrel individually to blend. Paying homage to old-world Lambic blenders and artisan winemakers, Alesong believes that the final, balanced blend of a barrel-aged beer is much more satisfying than the sum of its parts or each individual barrel by itself. For more information, visit alesongbrewing.com.