Sour Cherry Sour Honored for Brewing Excellence in Wood and Barrel Aged Fruited Sour
San Jose, California • September 25th, 2018— Hermitage Brewing Company received a silver medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, 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 102 beer-style categories were announced September 22 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
Hermitage Brewing Company was recognized in the Wood and Barrel Aged Fruited Sour beer-style category for its Sour Cherry Sour. Sour Cherry Sour is blended from more than 30 American wine barrels that lived in the cellar from six months to two and a half years. More than 5,000 pounds of sour cherries were sacrificed in the making of this delicious brew, about three pounds per gallon. The beer finishes fairly dry but the delicious sweet and tart flavor of the cherries lingers, almost completely masking the 6.5% ABV. Hermitage Brewing Company is a 20,000 barrel brewery located in San Jose, California. The size of the facility gives Hermitage crazy access to technology, people, hops and different products. The brand is just now coming into its own and is rapidly becoming a popular choice racking up a good share of awards.
The 2018 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 293 expert judges from 8,496 entries, received from 2,404 U.S. breweries, plus 101 Pro-Am and 49 Collaboration entries.
“The 32nd edition of the GABF competition yielded a remarkable turnout of the country’s most exemplary beers,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “I’m continuously impressed by contenders’ talent and passion and would like to extend congratulations to this year’s winners for their excellence in brewing.”
For more GABF competition information, including the 2018 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.