SLY FOX RAUCH BIER SMOKES THE COMPETITION
Sly Fox Rauch Bier was awarded the Gold Medal in the Smoke-Flavored Beer category during the traditional Saturday afternoon Awards Ceremony at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver on October 11 in the Colorado Convention Hall.
It was the second straight GABF Gold for Sly Fox Brewing Company and brewmaster Brian O'Reilly and his brewing team. In the photo at left, O'Reilly accepts congratulations from Brewers Association president Charlie Papazian on stage shortly after the win was announced. (Photo courtesy of Carolyn Smagalski, "The Beer Fox" at Bella Online).
There were 30 entries in the Smoke-Flavored Beer category in Denver and Sly Fox's win came at the expense of the perennial winner in that category, and one of the nation's cult beers, Alaskan Smoked Porter, which finished with the Silver Medal.
Rauch Bier is a draught only beer available at both Sly Fox restaurants and select locations over the course of the year. It is currently on tap at the Royersford pub and will be one of the featured beers in this coming weekend's Oktoberfest celebration in Phoenixville.
In his Brewer's Column below, O'Reilly talks more about his Rauch Bier and takes us inside the GABF.
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CHRISTMAS ALE 2008 TO DEBUT IN MID-NOVEMBER
The month of November is always marked by the release of Sly Fox's malty, full-bodied holiday seasonal brew and, for many of us, this beer's appearance is the first real sign that the most celebratory time of the year is on its way.
Christmas Ale is brewed with traditional mulling spices: Ginger, Clove, All Spice, Cinnamon & Nutmeg, which are added during filtration. Each vintage is slightly different from the last because spices vary in intensity and complexity each year. Available in limited quantities on draught at the pubs, and packaged in 750ml bottles which feature a new and distinctive label every year, this is the perfect pour for holiday gatherings and dinners.
Many customers purchase Christmas Ale by the case because it is an ideal and always appreciated gift for those surprise holiday visitors. Others stock away bottles to mellow and mature for vertical tastings or sharing as a special treat later in the year.
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