Port City Wins Big at Great American Beer Festival

Port City Brewing Company wins Best Small Brewery honors

(Port City Brewing Company wins Best Small Brewery honors. Courtesy photo)

By Jeff Maisey

Alexandria, Virginia’s Port City Brewing Company was named Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year today at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Port City was one of four craft breweries to score three medals. Port City earned two silver and one gold.

Other Virginia craft breweries also took home awards. Following are the categories in which Virginia breweries won awards.

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Port City Brewing Co. (Alexandria, Va.)


Category: 8 Chili Beer – 79 Entries

Gold: Fire Tiger, Lander Brewing Co., Lander, WY

Silver: Heir Apparent, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Goochland, VA

Bronze: Ballast Point Pale Ale with Serrano, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA


Category: 22 American-Belgo-Style Ale – 71 Entries

Gold: Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Silver: Summer Saison, Blackberry Farm Brewery, Walland, TN

Bronze: Salad Days American Saison, Pale Fire Brewing Co., Harrisonburg, VA


Category: 34 Bohemian-Style Pilsener – 62 Entries

Gold: Shower Beer, Champion Brewing Co., Charlottesville, VA

Silver: Bohemian Pilsner, von Trapp Brewing, Stowe, VT

Bronze: Peacemaker Pilsner, Pug Ryan’s Brewing Co., Dillon, CO


Category: 39 Vienna-Style Lager – 46 Entries

Gold: Vienna Lager, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost, Lexington, VA

Silver: Oktoberfest, Stoudts Brewing Co., Adamstown, PA

Bronze: Firebrick, August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, MN


Category: 52 English-Style India Pale Ale – 42 Entries

Gold: Shanghai’d IPA, Old Town Brewing, Portland, OR

Silver: Monumental IPA, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA

Bronze: Hammersmith IPA, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA


Category: 61 English-Style Mild Ale – 40 Entries

Gold: Mild, Brothers Craft Brewing, Harrisonburg, VA

Silver: Summer Porter, Fort Point Beer Co., San Francisco, CA

Bronze: Mamoot, Logboat Brewing Co., Columbia, MO


Category: 74 Belgian-Style Witbier – 82 Entries

Gold: Allagash White, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME

Silver: White Rascal, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO

Bronze: Optimal Wit, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA


Category: 75 French- and Belgian-Style Saison – 132 Entries

Gold: Siren’s Lure, Fair Winds Brewing Co., Lorton, VA

Silver: Daily Wages, Brasserie Saint James, Reno, NV

Bronze: Saison, URBN St. Brewing Co., El Cajon, CA


Category: 83 Robust Porter – 102 Entries

Gold: Recalcitrant Dockhand, Black Star Co-op, Austin, TX

Silver: Porter, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA

Bronze: Night Watchman, City Star Brewing, Berthoud, CO


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