Fort Worth's original brewery, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., racked up a big achievement and a collection of medals at the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship, an international brewing competition held every year in Oxford, Ohio, in late June.
Rahr & Sons was named one of the top 10 breweries in the country, tying for 10th place with Elm City Brewing in New Hampshire.
Rahr also won three medals: Regulator received a gold medal for best dopple/strong bock. Summertime Wheat tied for gold among the German Hefeweizens, and Blonde won silver in the Muchner Helles - Light category.
The Regulator is a regular award winner, having already won a gold in the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship.
Almost 5,000 beers representing 90 styles were judged blind at the event. Submissions from around the world included professional breweries and home brewers.
Other local breweries that won awards include Grapevine Craft Brewery, which won medals for its Brewers Reserve and Nightwatch Oatmeal Stout; Rabbit Hole Brewing, which won medals for its 10/6 English Pale Ale and Rapture Fusion Brown Ale; Deep Ellum Brewing, whose Rye Pils won a medal in the lager/pilsner category; and Lakewood Brewing, which won a silver medal in the Experimental Beer category for its Sin Mint Temptress.
Rahr owner Fritz Rahr commended his team for consistently making award-winning craft beers. "Rahr & Sons is beyond proud to represent North Texas and be recognized as one of the top breweries in the country," he said.
Fritz and Erin Rahr helped start the craft beer movement in North Texas when they founded Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. in 2004. They've since grown their brewing capacity from 2,000 barrels a year to more than 20,000 barrels a year.
They've won more than 60 nationally recognized awards and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, CultureMap, and more.
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