• Otter Creek scores big at international beer festival
     | November 19,2012
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    Otter Creek beer is poured at the Killington Brewfest earlier this year where hundreds of people turned out to taste regional beers and to listen to live bands.

    Otter Creek Brewing Co. of Middlebury took home gold, silver and two bronze medals at the 16th annual Great International Beer Festival earlier this month in Providence, R.I.

    A panel of 83 judges selected winners in 44 categories after blind tasting 470 beers and ciders from around the globe.

    Included in the medal count were Otter Creek’s flagship Copper Ale, which took a silver medal in the German Altbier category. The newly released Hop Session Ale scored a bronze in the American Pale Ale category.

    Also, Stovepipe Porter scored a bronze medal in the Brown Porter category.

    Wolaver’s Fine Organic Ales, a member of Otter Creek Brewing Company, won gold with their Wolaver’s Unfiltered Brown Ale.

    “Everyone here at the brewery was extremely pleased to hear that we brought four medals back to Vermont. We spend a huge deal of time refining recipes, and tweaking materials and processes to produce better beer every day,” Mike Gerhart, Otter Creek brewmaster, said in a release announcing the awards.

    “It comes back full circle when a blind tasting in a competition of this size and caliber reinforces that you are indeed making the right decisions.”

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