Here's another reason to celebrate Minnesota's beer scene.
Earlier this month, Badger Hill Brewing Company won two awards at the annual US Open Beer Championships in Atlanta. Its MSB (Minnesota Special Bitter) took the gold for the Extra Special Bitter category, and the High Road Everyday Ale won a silver in the Golden Ale category.
This is the second year in a row that the MSB has won a medal at the US Open Beer Championships. (It took home a bronze award last year.) The High Road Everyday Ale came in second to Sweetwater Brewing's 420, which Badger Hill's Broc Krekelberg describes as a "great easy-drinking pale ale." Badger Hill's own Everyday Ale is described as "not a blonde or a pale ale...an individual" that is sessionable and approachable, dry and a touch sweet.
Minnesota's own Grain Belt also won an award (a silver in the American lager/Pilsner category) and Bent Brewstillery's Kalamity took home a silver for its barrel-aged strong beer.
There were over 3,000 beers entered into 81 categories. Participants included breweries from Minnesota, Poland, Hawaii, Australia, and more.
Badger Hill will be pouring samples at this weekend's All Pints North Festival in Duluth and is currently working on a new brewery site in Shakopee.
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