O’Connor Brewing wins Competitive Golden Tap Award

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By Staff

O’Connor Brewing Company won its second consecutive Golden Tap Award on December 13 with a total score of 23.5 points. They were followed by Smartmouth Brewing Company (19 points), Alewerks Brewing (15.5 points), Big Ugly Brewing Company (14.5 points) and Commonwealth Brewing Company (11.5 points).

With 20 regional breweries competing, this was the most competitive year yet.

The Golden Tap Awards is Veer Magazine’s annual event where the general public and a panel of judges provide input into deciding the year’s best locally crafted beer as well as recognizing restaurants, food trucks, retail bottle shops and festivals for their contributions to the beer scene.

Breweries received metals in individual beer-style categories (see below). The Golden Tap is determined by a weight given for each where gold medals counted as 3 points, silver gained 2 and 1 for bronze. The brewery with the most points is crowned Brewery of the Year and presented Veer’s Golden Tap trophy by sponsor Southern Bank. Note the categories for brewpub and tasting room were not included in the overall point tally.

 

BREWERIES/BEERS

 

Light Lager

GOLD: Bold Mariner Brewing Company, Pancho Villa Mexi Lager

SILVER: Gordon Biersch, Golden Export

BRONZE: Wasserhund Brewing Company, Local’s Lager

 

Pilsner

GOLD: Smartmouth, Safety Dance

SILVER: Wasserhund Brewing Company, Purebred Pilsner

BRONZE: Young Veterans, G.I. Pilsner

 

Amber and Dark Lager

GOLD: Wasserhund Brewing Company, Oktoberfest

SILVER: O’Connor Brewing Co., O’Ctoberfest

BRONZE: Coelacanth, Enefkay

 

Light American Ale

GOLD: O’Connor Brewing Co., Green Can Golden Ale

SILVER: Virginia Beer Company, Saving Daylight Citrus Wheat

BRONZE: Big Ugly, Sunbeam Blonde

 

Kolsch and Altbier

GOLD: Wasserhund Brewing Company, King Neptune’s Kolsch

SILVER: Smartmouth, She Kolsch

BRONZE: O’Connor Brewing Co., Walk-Off Kolsch

 

British Bitter

GOLD: Alewerks Brewing Company, Maizie’s ESB

SILVER: St George, Summer Ale

BRONZE: Coelacanth, CBPB (CBGB)

 

Scottish and Irish Amber Ale

GOLD: The Bold Mariner Brewing Company, Red Maiden Irish Red

SILVER: St George, Winter Scotch

BRONZE: O’Connor Brewing Co., Discovery Scotch Ale

 

American Amber and Brown Ale

GOLD: Big Ugly, S’mores Brown Ale

SILVER: O’Connor Brewing Co., Red Nun Red Ale

BRONZE: Smartmouth, Murphy’s Law

 

English Mild and Brown Ale

GOLD: St George, Nut Brown Ale

SILVER: Home Republic, Cup of Joe Coffee Brown Ale

BRONZE: Virginia Beer Company, Kind Intentions Dry-Hopped Mild

 

American Pale Ale

GOLD: O’Connor Brewing Co., Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale

SILVER: Smartmouth, Free Thought

BRONZE: Big Ugly, Mod’s Pale Ale

 

IPA

GOLD: Virginia Beer Company, Green’s View New England-Style India Pale Ale

SILVER: Smartmouth, Rule G

BRONZE: Big Ugly, Leaf Peepers IPA

 

Imperial IPA

GOLD: Reaver Beach, Hoptopus Double IPA

SILVER: Commonwealth, Big Papi

BRONZE: Smartmouth, Notch 9

 

Porter

GOLD: Oozlefinch, Ox Cart Imperial Porter

SILVER: O’Connor Brewing Co., Winter Pecan Porter

BRONZE: Big Ugly, Ghost Rider Porter

 

Stout

GOLD: Smartmouth, Cowcatcher Milk Stout

SILVER: O’Connor Brewing Co., O’Connor Dry Irish Stout

BRONZE: Commonwealth, Marvolo

 

Russian Imperial Stout

GOLD: O’Connor Brewing Co., Ibrik Imperial Turkish Coffee Stout

SILVER: St George, Imperial Stout

BRONZE: Big Ugly, Ape Hanger Russian Imperial Stout 

 

Strong Ale

GOLD: Alewerks Brewing Company, Grand Illumination Barleywine

SILVER: Virginia Beer Company, Rob Your Head Imperial Red

BRONZE: Big Ugly, Barnfind Barleywine

 

German Wheat Beer

GOLD: Gordon Biersch, Hefeweizen

SILVER: Commonwealth, Taonga

BRONZE: Wasserhund Brewing Company, German Shepheweizen

 

 

Belgian Session Ales

GOLD: Smartmouth, Alter Ego

SILVER: Alewerks Brewing Company, White Ale

BRONZE: Big Ugly, Sidecar Saison

 

Belgian Strong Ales

GOLD: Pleasure House, Glo Belgian Blond

SILVER: Alewerks Brewing Company, Jubilee X

BRONZE: Smartmouth, Third Rail Tripel

 

Sour Ale

GOLD: Commonwealth, Penthesilia

SILVER: Reaver Beach, The Reaver (oak fermented sour blonde)

BRONZE: Commonwealth, Hippolyta

 

Smoked and Wood Aged Beer

GOLD: O’Connor Brewing Co., Backyard Bonfire Smoked IPA

SILVER: Alewerks Brewing Company, Cafe Royale

BRONZE: Big Ugly, Dark Journey

 

Herb, Spice, and Vegetable Beer

GOLD: Alewerks Brewing Company, Pumpkin Ale

SILVER: Big Ugly, Ghost Pepper Gose

BRONZE: Big Ugly, Hot Pursuit

 

Fruit Beer

GOLD: Reaver Beach, Reaver en Noir (sour refermented with Pinot noir grapes)

SILVER: Pleasure House, Asian Unicorn Blonde Ale w/ Asian Pears

BRONZE: Smartmouth, Outta Yer Gourd

 

Specialty

GOLD: Young Veterans, Goat Locker Breakfast Stout

SILVER: Commonwealth, Humblebrag

BRONZE: O’Connor Brewing Co., Tamarindo Red Coffee Saison
Collaboration

GOLD: Young Veterans/Bold Mariner, Shellback Coconut Stout

SILVER: Alewerks Brewing Company/O’Connor Brewing, Limoo Amani Black Lime Saison

BRONZE: Commonwealth/Big Ugly, Romhilda

 

Brew Pub

GOLD: Gordon Biersch

SILVER: Wasserhund

BRONZE: Home Republic

 

Brewery Tasting Room

GOLD: Big Ugly

SILVER: O’Connor

BRONZE: Commonwealth

 

FOOD TRUCKS

 

GOLD: Karnage Asada

SILVER: Your Pie

BRONZE: Thai Express

 

 

RESTAURANTS/BARS

 

Best Selection of Local 757 Beer

GOLD: Tap It Local

SILVER: Brick Anchor

BRONZE: DoG Street Pub

 

Best Overall Draft Beer Selection (Number of taps/quality) – 20+ Taps

GOLD: Brick Anchor

SILVER: The Birch Bar

BRONZE: Cogans Ghent

 

Best Overall Draft Beer Selection (Number of taps/quality) – Under 20 Taps

GOLD: DoG Street Pub

SILVER: Lynnhaven Pub

BRONZE: The Bier Garden

 

Best Overall Bottle & Can Beer Selection

GOLD: Bier Garden

SILVER: The Birch Bar

BRONZE: 80/20 Burger Bar

 

Best European Selection

GOLD: The Bier Garden

SILVER: The Birch Bar

BRONZE: DoG Street Pub

 

Best Draft Beer Presentation of Taps

GOLD: Yard House

SILVER: Cogans North

BRONZE: Supper

 

Best Virginia Craft Beer Selection

GOLD: Brick Anchor

SILVER: Tap It Local (Chesapeake)

BRONZE: Cogans North

 

Best Beer with Outdoor Patio

GOLD: Bier Garden

SILVER: DoG Street Pub

BRONZE: Supper

 

 

Best Beer with an Atmosphere

GOLD: DoG Street Pub (Williamsburg)

SILVER: Bier Garden

BRONZE: Norfolk Taproom

 

Best Beer and Pizza

GOLD: Cogans Ghent

SILVER: Wasserhund

BRONZE: Cogans North

 

Best Beer and Live Music

GOLD: Taphouse (Ghent)

SILVER: HK on the Bay

BRONZE: Belmont House of Smoke

 

Best Sports Bar Beer Selection

GOLD: Cogans North

SILVER: Shorebreak Pizza & Taphouse

BRONZE: Baxter’s

 

Bottle Shop/Growler Fill

GOLD: Grape & Gourmet

SILVER: bottleBOX

BRONZE: ExceptionAle

 

Major Retail

GOLD: Total Wine & More Ghent

SILVER: Whole Foods

BRONZE: Total Wine & More Hilltop

 

Home Brew Supplies

GOLD: Home Brew USA Janaf

SILVER: Brew & Bottle

BRONZE: Home Brew USA Hampton

 

Best Brewery Event

GOLD: Treasure Chest at Green Flash

SILVER: Major & The Monbacks Block Party at Bold Mariner

BRONZE: O’Connoroo at O’Connor

 

Best Outdoor Beer Festival

GOLD: Whistle Belly Festival

SILVER: Virginia Beer Festival (Town Point Park)

BRONZE: Common Grounds

 

Best Beer Event (Non-festival, non-brewery)

GOLD: 43 Hours of Sour @ The Birch

SILVER: The Bier Garden’s Oktoberfest

BRONZE: Shamrockin’ in Ghent

 

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