The creations of six Loudoun breweries were recognized as being among the best in the commonwealth in the Brewers Guild’s 2019 Virginia Craft Beer Cup awards.
The winners were announced Monday at Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, with nearly 300 brewers and supporters in attendance.
The Virginia Craft Beer Cup is the largest state competition of its kind in the United States. The guild works to give members the opportunity to compete, obtain critical feedback from certified judges, and get statewide recognition to help build their brands.
Several Loudoun beers came home with special recognition.
Beltway Brewing Company won first place in the Strong American Ale category with its Changing Lanes. The Sterling brewery took second place in the International Lager category with its Batting 1000.
Sweetwater Tavern took a first place award in the Pale Malty European Lager category for its Yippee Ei-O Springbook, as well as in the Dark European Lager category for its Rusty Roadrunner Lager. The brewery took second place in the British Bitter category with its Great American Restaurants Pale Ale.
Old Ox Brewery scored a second place in the American Porter and Stout category for its BlackOx and a third place in the Wood Beer category for its Cooper’s Cloak Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quadrupel.
Leesburg’s Bike TrAle Brewing Company took second place in the Strong Belgian Ale category for its Strongman and third place in the German Wheat Beer category for its Tailwind.
Black Hoof Brewing in Leesburg took third place in the Ale Malty European Lager category with its Reh of Sunshine Helles.
And Ashburn’s House 6 Brewing took third place in the Smoked Beer category with its Smoke Eater.