Dark beers led to some shiny medals for Triangle breweries at the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championships.
The craft beer contest’s winners, announced Monday, included 19 medals for North Carolina breweries.
In the Triangle specifically, Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough and Lynnwood Brewing in Raleigh won gold medals in the Belgian Dubbel and Imperial Stout categories, respectively. Mystery’s dubbel is called Orpheus. Lynnwood’s stout is called Putin Tang.
They were the only breweries in all of North Carolina to come home with a gold medal except for Sugar Creek Brewing in Charlotte, which won two golds.
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Lynnwood also won a silver medal in the Session IPA category for its 3-A-Day and won a bronze in the Classic Irish Dry Stout category, for its Kiss My Irish Stout.
Mystery also won a silver medal in the Classic Irish Dry Stout category, for its St. Stephen’s Green.
Fortnight Brewing in Cary took home two medals – silver for Blonde Ales and bronze for ESBs.
Fullsteam Brewery in Durham won a a silver in the Vegetable Beer category for its Carver sweet potato lager, and a bronze for Paycheck, in the International-Style Pilsner category.
The final round of judging for this year’s championships was held at the Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub in Oxford, Ohio.
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