Ohio Brewers Win 34 Medals At Commonwealth Cup


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Ohio brewers won 34 medals at last month’s fifth annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest here, which for the first time honored a Kentucky-brewed beer as the competition’s best of show.

Dayton Beer Co. and Hairless Hare Brewery of Vandalia each won three gold medals, eclipsed only by the six gold medals claimed by Monday Night Brewing of Atlanta. Dayton won gold for Beast of Tadmor Village (dopplebock), Upright Smoked Lager and Midnight Dream (imperial stout) , while Hairless Hare took top honors for Imperial CRV (imperial porter), Barrel Aged Barley Wine and Barrel Aged Cold War (imperial stout).

The top prize of the competition, the Commonwealth Cup, was awarded to Barrel Aged Dark Charge Mole Stout brewed by Braxton Brewing Co. from Covington, Ky. More than 50 breweries from four countries submitted 325 beers to the competition.

Silver medal winners from Ohio were Crooked Handle Brewing Co. of Springboro for Wee Bit O Trouble and Roadside Peanut Butter Porter; Northeast Ohio’s Fat Head’s Brewery for Starlight and Head Hunter; Hairless Hare for Bitter Hare, 3 Quarter Porter, Kings Reserve and Kickback Kolsch; Platform Beer Co. of Cleveland for Luchador and Speed Merchant; Rhinegeist Brewery of Cincinnati for Hustle, Hans and Truth; and Dayton Beer Co. for Lost Tunnel Deep Sea Diving.

Winning bronze medals were Crooked Handle Trinity Haze; Devil Wind Brewing of Xenia for Heading East and Steel Cut Stout; Fat Head’s for Bumble Berry; Lock 27 Brewing of Centerville for Alpheaus, Mouth Breather, Waterway and Brewing Charlosta; Rhinegeist for Squirrel, Cougar and INK; and Wolf’s Ridge Brewing of Columbus for Red Legacy, Clear Sky and Terre Du Sauvage Gold.

More than 5,000 people attended the festival, which was held in conjunction with ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference.