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Honey Beer Competition Creates Quite the Buzz

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Over the weekend the National Honey Board (NHB) hosted its third annual Honey Beer Competition, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the buzz it has created amongst the craft brewing community.

When the NHB launched its annual Honey Beer Competition in 2015 just over 25 beers were submitted to be judged by three judges in just two categories – Ales and Lagers. We were very excited to announce our very first Honey Beer Competition winner – Honey Kolsch by Rogue Ales, Best in Show Gold Medal.

One year later more than 50 beers were submitted, resulting in the addition of six more judges and seven new categories. Submitted beers would thus be categorized into the following groups:

  • General Lager
  • General Ale
  • Wheat Beer
  • Belgian-Style Ale
  • Fruit and Spiced Beer
  • Braggot
  • IPA
  • Stouts and Porters
  • Other

Holding steady to its crown, Rogue Ales’ Honey Kolsch came out victorious for the second year in a row.

In 2017, the third year of the Honey Beer Competition has continued to see success, interest, and growth. This year more than 105 beers were submitted and judged by 14 judges representing the Beer Judge Certification Program. All of the buzz resulted in the creation of yet another category – cider. The NHB couldn’t be prouder of the excitement that this program has incited within the brewing community and we are pleased to announce the 2017 Best in Show Gold Medalist – Gossamer Wings by The Tap Brewery in Bloomington, Indiana.

Gossamer Wings is a traditional German Kolsch with wildflower honey. The honey in the beer lightens the body and provides a soft floral honey note, making the beer easy to enjoy on a hot summer day. In addition to Best in Show, The Tap Brewery also took home the Best Belgian-Style Ale for its Electric Stinger.

Get the full list of winners here and be sure to check them out!

So, what is your favorite made with honey beer? Let us know in the comments below.

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