We can add the first notch on our belt for award winning beers in 2015; our Freestone Sour took bronze at the Best of Craft Beer Awards! The beer took third place in the Berliner Weisse category, a style also designated as sour beer. The Best of Craft Beer Awards is a competition put on by beer connoisseurs to help promote the best of the best in craft brewing. The Berliner Weisse category was one of forty-nine styles judged at the contest.
Brewing companies from all over the United States participate: from Pennsylvania, to Wyoming, New Jersey, to Washington, and even all the way out from Hawaii with Maui Brewing Company. Our Berliner Weisse ranked third after silver medalist Tower 23 by Cape May Brewing Company and gold medalist Volkssekt by Bend Brewing Company.
The first thing one can assume from reading the name Freestone Sour, is that it’s probably very different. Berliner Weisse style beers have a fruity sour tartness that gives them a unique flavor, different than any other kind of beer. Our sour used over 120lbs of fresh peaches during the brewing process, giving us the name Freestone Sour. The beer has a rounded, sweet-sour flavor, not as tart as some – it doesn’t pucker your face like a handful of sour candies – but still has enough to give it a lively temperament. We’re incredibly proud of the beer, and of Larry for making two award winning beers in the last six months! In case you missed it, our Steelcut Stout took silver in an organic beer competition last fall. For the full list of beer contestants and beer winners, check out the award list at the Best of Craft Beer Awards website. When you’re done perusing through the winner’s list, come by Standing Stone and try out the Freestone Sour while you still can!