The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild announced the 2018 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners on Monday, June 4, 2018, at WestRock in Richmond, Virginia. There were nearly 300 brewers and supporters in attendance to celebrate excellence in independent Virginia craft beer. The Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition was managed by Master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Judge Tom Cannon, 38 judges and 15 stewards. Bill Butcher, Port City Brewing Co.; Bill Madden, Mad Fox Brewing Co.; and Duke Fox, Starr Hill Brewery, served as advisors. This year 375 beers in 27 categories competed for awards. The judging took place Saturday, May 19 at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton, Virginia.

The Virginia Craft Beer Cup continues to be the largest state competition of its kind in the United States. The VCBG is committed to giving its members the opportunity to compete, obtain critical feedback from certified judges, and get statewide recognition that will help build their brands. “Contributing to the development of outstanding independent craft beer is central to our mission,” said Brett Vassey, President & CEO, Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. “The Cup is an important part of helping to expand public recognition and peer appreciation for great craft beer.”

The 2018 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners are as follows:



First Place         Brothers Craft Brewing, Lil’ Hellion

Second Place     Blue Mountain Barrel House & Organic Brewery, Adambeor

Third Place          Port City Brewing Company, Optimal Wit


Amber and Brown American Beer

First Place            Legend Brewing Company, Brown Ale

Second Place       Alewerks Brewing Company, Tavern Brown Ale

Third Place           MoMac Brewing Company, Craney Island Brown Ale


Amber Malty and Bitter European Lager

First Place               Mustang Sally Brewing Company, Article One Amber Lager

Second Place         Caboose Brewing Company, Vienna (VA) Lager

Third Place              Starr Hill Brewery, Jomo


American Porter and Stout

First Place               Wild Wolf Brewing Company, American Stout

Second Place          Old Ox Brewery, Black Ox

Third Place              Stone Brewing, Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout


American Wild Ale

First Place                The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery, Dr. Rendezvous

Second Place           Reaver Beach Brewing Company, The Reaver

Third Place               Väsen Brewing Company, Guava Gose


Belgian Ale

First Place               Port City Brewing Company, Optimal Wit

Second Place         Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, Belgian Wit

Third Place             Castleburg Brewery and Taproom, Queens Guard


British and Scottish Ale

First Place               Ballad Brewing, Fast Mail

Second Place         Port City Brewing Company, Monumental IPA

Third Place             Twin Creeks Brewing Company, Across the Pond British Brown Ale


Czech Lager

First Place               Port City Brewing Company, Downright Pilsner

Second Place         Ardent Craft Ales, Bohemian Pilsner

Third Place             Champion Brewing Company, Shower Beer


Dark and Strong British Beer

First Place            The Virginia Beer Company, Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout

Second Place       Adventure Brewing Company, Black Sail Scotch Ale

Third Place           Brew Republic Bierwerks, Nightmare


European Dark and Strong Lager

First Place            Wasserhund Brewing Company, Doppeldog Lager

Second Place       Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse, Winter Solstice

Third Place           Beer Hound Brewery, Zoeie


European Sour Ale

First Place            Red Dragon Brewery, Here Be Dragons

Second Place       Beale’s Beer, Bearliner

Third Place           Strangeways Brewing, Uberlin


Fruit Beer

First Place            Olde Salem Brewing Company, Swag Surfin’ Oceanside Gose

Second Place       Big Lick Brewing Company, Smile Like You Mean It

Third Place           The Bold Mariner Brewing Company, Monkey’s Fist


German Wheat Beer

First Place             Black Hoof Brewing Company, Weissbier

Second Place        Alesation Brewing Company, Das Weizen

Third Place            Crooked Run Brewing, Best Days


Historical and Smoked Beer

First Place              Blue Mountain Barrel House and Organic Brewery, Adambeor

Second Place         Rock Bottom Restaurants and Brewery, Oh, Here is Gose-gain

Third Place             Portner Brewhouse, Portner Porter


International Lager

First Place              Coelacanth Brewing Company, Tailgate

Second Place         Bick Lick Brewing Company, A Huevo! Mexican Lager

Third Place             South Street Brewery, VA Lager



First Place              Final Gravity Brewing Company, The Doppler Effect

Second Place         Final Gravity Brewing Company, Retrograde

Third Place             Starr Hill Brewery, Looking Glass


Irish Beer

First Place              Pale Fire Brewing Company, Red Molly

Second Place         Old Busthead Brewing Company, Vixen

Third Place             Ono Brewing Company, Black Pearl


Pale American Ale

First Place              6 Bears and a Goat, Mae West

Second Place         2 Silos Brewing Company, Mason Pale Ale

Third Place            Three Notch’d Brewing Company, Ghost of the 43rd


Pale Bitter European Beer

First Place              Bull Island Brewing Company, King Street Kolsch

Second Place         Fair Winds Brewing Company, Quayside Kolsch

Third Place             Backroom Brewery, Kiss-Me-Kolsch


Pale Malty European Lager

First Place              Brothers Craft Brewing, Lil’ Hellion

Second Place         Random Row Brewing Company, Not Yours Maibock

Third Place             Beale’s Beer, Gold


Specialty Beer

First Place              Center of the Universe Brewing Company, Brandt

Second Place         Apocalypse Ale Works, Dreamsicle

Third Place             Precarious Beer Project, Reve Du Jour


Spiced Beer

First Place               Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Heir Apparent

Second Place          Steam Bell Beer Works, Tiramisu

Third Place              Old Ox Brewery, Kristin’s Passion


Standard American Beer

First Place               Trapezium Brewing Company, Mexican Lager

Second Place          Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond Lager

Third Place              Bald Top Brewing Company, Manor House Ale


Strong American Ale

First Place                Precarious Beer Project, Everything Is Lava But the Swings Are  Base

Second Place           Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Citra Happens

Third Place               Ballad Brewing, Home


Strong Belgian Ale

First Place                Belly Love Brewing Company, 50 Shades of Gold

Second Place           Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Singel

Third Place               Reaver Beach Brewing Company, Oceanus Arum


Trappist Ale

First Place                Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse, BOFT Dubbel

Second Place           Blue Mountain Brewery, Marsedon

Third Place               The Farm Brewery at Broad Run, Wes’ Maul


Wood Beer

First Place                Brothers Craft Brewing, Resolute

Second Place           Wasserhund Brewing Company, Bourbon Barrel Haywire Husky

Third Place               Kindred Spirt Brewing, Barrel “The Goodness” Imperial Stout