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The Auburn Alehouse was awarded the silver medal for their Hop Donkey Imperial Red Ale at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) held in Denver, Colorado. Committed to producing excellent craft beer, owners, Brian and Lisa Ford, have once again put Auburn on the map.
The Fords, who grew up in Weimar, knew they had something special when they originally brewed this ale in 2013. “I guess I have a reputation for brewing red ales. Our customers and staff kept pestering me to brew an Imperial Red Ale, so I caved, and Hop Donkey was born,” said Brian Ford. “The beer turned out well and became very popular here at the Alehouse Pub. It just made sense to enter it at the GABF.”
Competition was very stiff with 5,507 commercial entries and 89 Pro-Am entries. The Imperial Red category, in which they took the silver, had 62 total entries, so it’s no small feat that the Auburn Alehouse took second place for their Hop Donkey this year and has also taken home three other medals in past years. The Gold Country Pilsner took the gold medal in 2012 and the bronze medal in both 2010 and 2013.
The GABF, founded in 1982, is the largest collection of U.S. beer in a public tasting and has become the most renowned competition in the United States. Awards are not only coveted in the U.S. but are also recognized worldwide. The professional judging panel consisted of 222 experts from 10 countries, who sampled thousands of beers in a blind tasting during five separate three-hour sessions. In each category, the judges choose three beers that represent excellence in the respective styles then they award the gold, silver and bronze medals. Standards are so high that if no beer meets those standards they won’t award medals at all.
Ford comments on the achievement, “It’s humbling to be awarded a medal at the GABF. Craft brewers are really brewing some fantastic beer all across the nation and we are grateful to be among them.”
The Alehouse brewing team is working hard to brew another batch which should be on tap by November 1st at the Auburn Alehouse, located in old town Auburn. You can taste the stellar brew yourself at the brewery and restaurant or take home a bottle or growler to enjoy at home.
We’re bringing hoppy to the workplace
If you’ve never seen Tony Hawk’s first ever 900, don’t worry, we might have something to top it. We are proud to announce our collaborative brew with DC Shoe Company! For those of you who missed the first batch, our second batch of Hoppy Workplace IPA, which was brewed specifically for DC Shoe, will be on tap soon. Hunter McGillivray, our SoCal Sales Rep and DC liaison, had this to say, “Doesn’t everyone want and deserve a happy workplace? We wanted to create something that people could enjoy after a long day at work. We may not be able to shorten your workday, but we can offer you a liquid reward we call Hoppy Workplace IPA. With this in hand you might just be on your way to happiness.”
DC Shoe launched the beer at their headquarters in Long Beach in early August. Every Friday employees get to enjoy a nice cold pint of this Session IPA at the end of their workday. If you want to taste this smooth ride of an IPA, you can either get a sweet job at DC Shoe or come grab one in the official Hoppy Workplace logo pint here at the Auburn Alehouse. Look for this second batch to be out soon. Dry hopped with Citra and Centennial hops, this light-bodied IPA has citrus and pine notes and at only 4.6% ABV, perfect for any time of the day!
Want to see more? Take a look at this fantastic video DC created that includes the brew session and interview with Brewmaster Brian Ford.
The German tradition of Oktoberfest is upon us again. Since 1818, Oktoberfest is celebrated in Munich at the end of September through the first weekend in October. Oktoberfest biers have traditionally been amber-red lagers around 5.5% ABV called Marzen. The Auburn Alehouse, of course, would not want to miss the opportunity to celebrate amazing beer paired with hearty food, so we will be tapping our crowd-pleasing Oktoberfest Marzen September 19th.
The Alehouse Oktoberfest is an amber-red lager, which is matured for over 30 days with our unique lager yeast strain. The result is a 5.2% ABV “fest” Marzen with delicate malt and hop flavor that is very quaffable! This beer does sell out fast so make sure to mark it on your calendars.
To help us celebrate, our talented culinary team has come up with some delicious food specials to highlight this lager’s flavor. Prepare your palette for traditional German schnitzel, Bavarian-style pretzels, and possibly the best wurst sampler ever! Food specials will continue until the Marzen tap runs dry so come in early and often to try them all!
For all our valued Mug Club members, we will be holding a special Oktoberfest party just for you. The Mug Club event will be held on September 24th from 5-9pm on the patio. The brewers and culinary staff will be working together to prepare some great food and Oktoberfest pairings for your taste buds to enjoy. If you are not a member and would like to become one, [click here] for more information.
We’ve got an Emerald Isle treat for you!
No, you’re not having Déjà vu. It’s not Saint Patrick’s Day just yet, but it is your lucky day. McFord’s Irish Red Ale is on tap now!
McFord’s Irish Red Ale was inspired during a trip to Ireland as the Fords tasted their way through the Emerald Isle picking apart the flavors and nuances of traditional Reds and Stouts that have been brewed there for centuries. We import malts straight from Ireland in order to create this gem.
McFord’s Irish Red Ale, which is normally nitrogenated, is being be served on Co2. We are very excided to offer this normally creamy beer with a little more bubble. Instead of kissing the Blarney Stone this year, put your lips to a pint of this and we are sure you will get the gift of the gab in no time!
Brian & Lisa Ford and the Alehouse staff