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Hail to the champs

Brian Golden - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This past friday a dedicated group of judges evaluated the beers that were brewed several weeks back at our Hayden Homebrew Challenge.  Each of the beers submitted were excellent contenders, showing unique blends of flavors and aromas, and the judging was by no means easy.  But finally the dust did settle... and it turns out the boys in the draft department are just as good at putting beer in the keg as they are at getting it out.

With veteran beer man Chuck Combs at the helm, the draft department team of Mike Jackson, Troy Stephens, Brad Lawatch, Jacob Tijerina, Ryan Morris and Miguel Lara brought home the bacon with their "CVC PORTER."  This robust porter featured notes of cinnamon, vanilla and coffee, and packed in plenty of alcohol while maintaining good balance throughout.  Hail to the Champs!

Thanks to all who participated in the judging and the brewing, and to Morgan from Sam Adams for his sponsorship of the event.  We can't wait to make this a regular tradition!

And while you won't be able to find the already highly allocated CVC Porter at this Saturday's 18th Annual Mountain Brewers' Beer Fest in Idaho Falls, there will be tons of other great ones to sample and the weather is supposed to be perfect.  So come on out and enjoy!

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