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NinaB
01/25/09 09:10 AM  
AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Al's busy brewing (imagine!), so I gotta share this one: Al just got an email from the folks at The Bruery saying he won Best of Show in their the Batch No. 50 Competition for his Grand Funk Aleroad! He entered this as a gueuze.

They had 62 entries total, about 60% were from

California homebrewers, and the rest were from other states. They're scheduled to brew mid-Feb so, being we're living in NJ, we've got some travel arrangements to make! If we can get him out there, I know he'd love meet up with some of the BBB homebrewers from the West Coast.

Now THAT'S a nice was to start off the New Year!

Cheers,

Nina

NinaB
01/25/09 09:16 AM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Below are the other winners from the website. Congrats to Sean White also for a Second Place Belgian & French Style Ale and First Place Belgian Strong (GREAT name!).

Category 16 - Belgian & French Style Ales

First: Oaked Strong Saison Hybrid, Kyle Manns, La Habra, CA

Second: Saison 566, Sean White, Brooklyn, NY

Third: De Dolle Clone, Rick Adams, Lakewood, CA

Category 17 - Sour Ale

First: Grand Funk Aleroad, Al Buck, Hillsborough, NJ

Second: Flanders Red, Bryan Smith, Torrance, CA

Third: Ich bin ein Berliner Weiss, Blair Howard, Rumsey, CA

Category 18 - Belgian Strong Ale

First: Mr. T's 30 lb. Necklace, Sean White, Brooklyn, NY

Second: LT, Patrick Duke, Orange, CA

Third: Pleasuretrip, Todd Peterson, San Dimas, CA

Honorable Mention: Harvest Tripel, Patrick Miller, Portland, OR

Category 23 - Specialty Beer

First: Sourfest, Todd Peterson, San Dimas, CA

Second: Liquid Whole Wheat, Bryan Smith, Torrence, CA

Third: Wheat Chocolate, Jim Schmalzried, Garden Grove, CA

Honorable Mention: Citrus Blossom, Brent Brubaker, Riverside, CA

mtc
01/25/09 12:02 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Congratulations Al! No surprise, indeed I predicted it, that Grand Funk Aleroad took BOS. It stands as one of the best Gueuzes I've had, homebrewed or professional.

Really great job, too, Sean. Your Saison was great during our tasting, so I'm glad it got the recognition, West-Coast-style, that it deserved. Nice work East Coast Babblers!

Seanywonton
01/25/09 02:22 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Wow, I'm so stoked!!! This is the first I've seen of the results. Great job AlB! Way to represent the BBB.

Mr.T's was actually the last beer I expected to place, of the 4 beers I sent. Funny how that works sometimes, huh?

Al B
01/25/09 03:08 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Thanks Guys! Good job Sean! I haven't had Mr. Ts yet but I'll make sure to soon....

They joked it may not be ready until Batch 500! :D

Wow. Nice day, I've been brewin' a dubbel today and have completely lost track on what the hell i'm doing with it(hope I didn't screw it up too much!).

Al Brewery

Cisco
01/25/09 03:49 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Major Congratulations AL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally homebrewed sour beers are being recognized along side traditional Belgian sours. Way to go Al!

Ross
01/25/09 10:51 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Congrats Al!
korndog
01/26/09 02:51 AM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
just saw this on another board. congrats Al!!
mrb
01/26/09 09:12 AM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
This is great! Congrats to all of you guys.
SteveG
01/26/09 09:21 AM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Heard this yesterday, Sean told me. Tasted Grand Funk Aleroad a couple months back at CasaBuck, I don't know that I've ever had a beer more worthy of the title. We did a lot of tasting of super artisnal beers, I mentioned before I left that GFA was the best beer of the night by far. Nice Al, very happy that beauty got the recognition it so deseverd.
Al B
01/26/09 09:48 AM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Steve,

Appreciate the kind words. I sent the brew after you mentioned that, I think. Your opinion is highly regarded @ CasaB!

Baums
01/26/09 10:35 AM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Congratulations Al, that is sick
Cisco
01/26/09 11:05 AM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Congrats out to Sean White also!
SteveG
01/26/09 11:54 AM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
You sent it cause of me?? Wow, I don't know what to say! Deeply flattered.

Sean, sorry man, didn't mean to gloss over you. Great job (and beer name BTW too)! Great meeting you yesterday, hope it happens more. For an old guy like me it felt a little like I was meeting the next beer generation!! Steve

BPotts
01/26/09 12:20 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Great job, Al!!
BPotts
01/26/09 12:20 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Oops, and Sean too ;)
tankdeer
01/26/09 01:22 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
I was looking at the results on Saturday, and I was a little miffed I didn't place with either of my two entries (at least with one of them). But then I scrolled down and saw Al's name for BOS! Great job Al and Sean. I'll be looking forward to trying this beer in what, 2012? ;)

Al, you're going to have a blast brewing there. Patrick is a really nice dude and we actually too a road trip to drop our entries off personally and check out the digs. They've got a very nice little setup there and are putting out some fantastic beers. In fact, they were just finishing brewing up a pLambic while we were there.

Cheers!

BPotts
01/26/09 01:54 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Since we're on the topic...

Al, what are the particulars of your beer? Was it a blend of young and old lambic? Aged on oak chips or any barrels? A special Al bug blend for fermentation or perhaps one of your ambient ferments? Just curious 'cause I love me a good gueuze!

I recently brewed (at home) my "bruin lambic" and only pitched your 2nd bugfarm chips to ferment, and it took off like crazy! I was expecting a slow, steady fermentation, especially since the bugs sat in my fridge for a few weeks, but low and behold the krausen ended up pushing through the airlock...crazy!! Can't wait to see how your blend works on the beer over time.

Seanywonton
01/26/09 02:04 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Thanks for the kind words guys! I do remember during the saison swap, someone half-jokingly saying that AlB was going to take BOS. Well, that G.F.A. must be an awesome beer.
Al B
01/26/09 02:25 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Ben, It was a blend of 1 & 2 yr batches each having a different battery of bugs (not ambient). These were done before the dawn of the bugfarm. There were some oak added, one batch was soaked in chardonnay, but truthfully the real magic seemed to be after bottling the blended batches with some extra bretts I had isolated for the bugfarm. The refermentation in the bottle seemed to create a new and different layer of character.

I just bottled up a second Grand Funk Aleroad - a blend of 1,2,and 3 yr batches w/ some blond candy sugar to 2.8 vol of CO2. The bugfarm batch # 1 is coming around in its infancy while bugfarm #2 is fermenting.

ChadYak
01/26/09 02:56 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Congrats Al and Sean....

Must be exciting Al to be invited out to do your brew with them. They are really nice and have some good beers especially the Saison with some bottle funk. I'm sure the 50th batch will be sought after when released in a couple of years. Everyone will have to keep an eye out for it...

BPotts
01/26/09 03:09 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Sounds awesome...

I tasted my bugfarm batch #1 not too long ago. It's been sitting on 7 quarts of raspberries for a few months now. Probably should for bottle soon, I believe the last time i looked fermentation had seemed to cease... no positive pressure on the airlock anymore after temps dropped.

Keep up the good work!

Ross
01/27/09 02:21 PM  
Re: AlB gets Best of Show from The Bruery
Congrats to Sean too!!!!
 
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