STEVENS POINT, Wis. (April 19, 2016) – What’s the best fruit beer brewed in the United States?
According to the Los Angeles International Beer Competition judges, it’s new Point Siesta Key Pale Ale, which received the gold medal in the 2016 competition’s American-Style Fruit Beer category. The judges also decided America’s best Blonde Ale comes from Stevens Point, too, and crowned Point Dead Blonde Ale the gold medal winner in the Golden or Blonde Ale category.
In addition, Point Special Lager won the silver medal in the American-Style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager judging; the brewery’s Ciderboys Peach County hard cider received the silver in the Cider & Perry category; and Point Classic Amber Lager earned the bronze in the American-style Amber Lager segment.
“Winning any medal in a well-regarded beer judging like the Los Angeles International Beer Competition is an honor when you consider that more than 1,000 beers from across the country were entered. To receive five medals, including two golds, is especially exciting for all us at the Stevens Point Brewery and for our loyal fans, too,” said Joe Martino, Stevens Point Brewery Operating Partner. “These awards are more proof that Stevens Point Brewery brews some of the best craft beers in America.”
Point’s Winning Entries
Gold medal winner Point Siesta Key Citrus Pale Ale was introduced just a few weeks at retail wherever Point brands are sold. An American-style pale ale available from April through August, Siesta Key is brewed with Vic Secret hops, a new variety developed in Australia’s Victoria state, and fresh grapefruit juice from Florida. Point’s brewers dry hop the ale twice during the brewing process for an inviting hops flavor and aroma.
Drop Dead Blonde Ale is brewed with Sterling hops from the Pacific Northwest. A blend of two-row barley malts provide Drop Dead Blonde Ale with its bright golden color and smooth, slightly sweet malty taste.
It’s the second year in a row that Point Special Lager has been recognized at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition. The full-bodied pilsner-style beer won the gold in the American-style Lager, Light Lager and Premium Lager category last year. Ciderboys Peach County is a repeat winner, too. The seasonal fruitful pairing of crisp apple cider with juicy peach also won the Silver Medal in the Standard Cider and Perry category in the 2015 judging.
Point Classic Amber Lager, meanwhile, added to its awards collection with its bronze medal. Brewed with roasted caramel malts and American Tettnanger hops, Classic Amber has subtle caramel character, a reddish-amber hue and a gentle hop aroma.
Los Angeles International Beer Competition
The 16th annual Los Angeles International Beer Competition, held April 9 and 10 at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., featured more than 1,000 beers competing in 97 categories.
Medal-winning beers will be featured at LA on Tap, a beer festival scheduled at the Fairplex on May 7, and during the Los Angeles County Fair in September.