Stevens Point Brewery brings home the gold from National Competition
STEVENS POINT, WIS. (July 10, 2019) - Stevens Point Brewery's extensive collection of beer medals grew again at the annual U.S. Open Beer Championship. The annual competition's expert judges awarded the craft brewer a Gold medal for Point Special Lager.
Point Special Lager won gold in the American Premium Lager category, beating more than 50 other entries. This is the first Gold medal from the U.S. Open Beer Championship for Point Special Lager, a classic, full-bodied American-style lager that also won the Silver medal in the category at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship.
According to Brewmaster, Mike Schraufnagel, Point Special Lager is back in a new, old way -- still using the same recipe they developed during the craft beer boom, when they replaced corn adjuncts with all-brewers malt.
"We refined our brewing methods, operating procedures, and lab testing to move Point Special closer to the original flavor. It has never tasted better and clearly the judges agree." Schraufnagel said.
U.S. Open Beer Championship
Like the Stevens Point Brewery's medal collection, the U.S. Open Beer Championshipalso is growing. This year's competition in Oxford, Ohio, featured nearly 7,000 beers in more than 130 different categories. Judging in the U.S. Open Beer Championships is blind; the judges know only the categories, but they do not know what beers they are tasting. The final round of judging was held at the Grandfather's Barn in Oxford, Ohio. The U.S. Open Beer Championship judges more beer styles than any other competition in the world.
"To participate in a premiere, high-profile beer event like the U.S. Open Beer Championship is a privilege," said Julie Birrenkott, Stevens Point Brewery Marketing Director. "To win medals, especially gold, in head-to-head competition with many exceptional entries from around the world, is an honor that reaffirms our commitment to brewing the finest handcrafted beers. The U.S. Open Beer Championship is a celebration of craft brewing, and the recognition our beers gain from winning is priceless."
Stevens Point Brewery
The brewery's year-round lineup features flagship Point Special Lager; Point Drop Dead Blonde Ale, a 110 calorie golden ale; Point Amber Classic, an American-style amber lager; Point Milkshake Malt Porter, a robust porter with a sweet finish and Point Hoptastic, an American Pale Ale.
The brewery's seasonal beers include Point Bock, a traditional full-bodied bock available from January through March; Point Beach Pilot Strawberry Wheat Ale, a hazy summer quencher for the summer months; Point Oktoberfest, a Bavarian-style Märzen beer for the fall; and Point Snow Pilot Pistachio Nut Brown Ale, for the chilly months of winter.
Gourmet soft drinks from the Stevens Point Brewery include Point Premium Root Beer, Point Premium Diet Root Beer, Point Premium Orange Cream, Point Premium Vanilla Cream, Point Kitty Cocktail and Point Premium Black Cherry Cream Soda.