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Brew-vitational 2016: The field of contenders

Beers were served to the judges in clear cups, marked only with a coded number, for the blind tasting.
Beers were served to the judges in clear cups, marked only with a coded number, for the blind tasting.Read moreDAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer


N = New-Beer category
S = Sour Beer category

*= Finalist (voted into the final round, shown in bold)

Winners are noted with place in bold. Percentage is alcohol content. IBU = International Bitterness Unit

2nd Story Brewing

117 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 267-314-5770;

N Daisy Point Pils, German Pilsner, 4.7%, 40 IBU

N Perpetua Crusher, Session IPA, 4.9%

2SP Brewing Co.

120 Concord Rd., Aston, 484-483-7860;

*N Second Place, The Russian, Russian Imperial Stout, 9%, 75 IBU

N Bellcracker, Double IPA, 8.2%, 80 IBU

Barren Hill Brewery

Lafayette Hill, RECENTLY CLOSED; beer available at Devil's Den, 1148 S. 11th St., Phila.

*N Hop Galaxy Pale Ale, 5%, 40 IBU

N D. Boon "55" IPA, 6.2%, 55 IBU

Bullfrog Brewery

229 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, 570-326-4700;

*S Rood Bruin, Barrel-Aged Flemish style sour, 7%

S Le Roar Grrz, Barrel-aged soured Belgian-style Gueuze, 7.5%

Conshohocken Brewing Co.

739 E. Elm St., Conshohocken, 610-897-8962;

N So Help Me Quad, Belgian-style Quad 10.1%

N Type A, West Coast India Pale Ale, 7%, 87 IBU

Crime & Punishment Brewing Co.

2711 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, 215-235-2739;

S Sudden Zest, Gose, 4%

Dock Street Brewery

701 S. 50th St., Philadelphia, 215-726-2337;

N Golden IPA, American IPA, 5.5%, 26 IBU

S Summer in Berlin, Berliner Weisse, 4%

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

6 Cannery Village Center, Milton, Del., 302-684-1000;

S SeaQuenchAle, Session Sour, 4.9%

*S Second Place, Festina Pêche, Neo-Berliner Weisse, 4.5%

Double Nickel Brewing Co.

1585 Rt. 73, Pennsauken, N.J., 856-356-2499;

N Buffalo Nickel, stout aged in bourbon barrel, 8.5%

*N Third Place, Vienna Style Lager, 5.3%

Evil Genius Beer Co.

1727 N. Front St., Philadelphia,

N Everything's Coming Up Milhouse, Lemongrass IPA, 6%, 35 IBU

Flying Fish Brewing Co.

900 Kennedy Blvd., Somerdale, N.J., 856-504-3442;

*N Daylight Savings IPA, Session IPA, 4.9%, 50 IBU

N Exit 18 Baltic Porter, 9.5%

Forest & Main Brewing Co.

61 N. Main St., Ambler, 215-542-1776;

N ______(un-named), Saison, 6%

S Paradisornis, Saison, 6%

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Co.

1940 Olney Ave., Ste 100, Cherry Hill, 856-437-0709;

*N Pocket Trick, Imperial IPA, 8.5%, 100 IBU

*N (Honorable Mention) The Captain's Quarters, smoked porter aged in bourbon barrels, 5.7%, 45 IBU

Free Will Brewing Co.

410 E. Walnut St., Unit 1, Perkasie, 267-354-0813;

N Brown Beard, Imperial Brown aged in Cruzan Rum barrels, 10.8%

*S Sour Cherry Powered Rocket, Double Kriek, 5.5%

Highway Manor Brewing Co.

2238 Gettysburg Rd., Camp Hill, Pa. 717-743-0613;

S SayJohn Saison, Farmhouse Saison, 5.7%, 68 IBU

*S Mr. Strawberry, Fruited Sour Ale, 5.2%

HiJinx Brewing Co.

905 Harrison St., Ste 111, Allentown, 484-714-0080;

N CitraSqueeze, IPA, 6.5%, 55 IBU

N Paisan Basil IPA, Ale made with basil, 6.5%, 44 IBU

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

30 E. State St., Media, 610-627-9000; 60 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore, 610-228-2280

N Polar Bear, Golden Stout, 9.8%, 55 IBU

S La Flama Blanca, Barrel-Aged Berliner Weisse, 2.8%

Manayunk Brewing Co.

4120 Main St., Philadelphia, 215-482-8220;

S Belly Flop, German Gose with Cucumber, melon and sea salt, 4%

S Ficus Carica, Sour Brown with Black Mission Figs, 6.8%

McKenzie Brew House

240 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, 610-296-2222;

N Unnamed Mantis, DIPA, 8.5%, 85 IBU

S Todd the Brett Rocket, Hoppy Brett Saison, 6.5%, 28 IBU

Nodding Head Brewing

Philadelphia; no current address;

S Kung Fu Phunk, Barrel-aged Belgian strong ale, 11%

Philadelphia Brewing Co.

2440 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, 215-427-2739;

N Philadelphia's Broken Bell, Double IPA, 9%, 65 IBU

River Horse Brewing Co.

2 Graphics Dr., Ewing, N.J., 609-883-0890;

N Roly Poly Pils, Czech-style Pilsner, 5.3%, 30 IBU

S Sour Lizzy, Sour Saison, 6%, 21 IBU

Round Guys Brewing Co.

324 S. Main St., Lansdale, 215-368-2640;

N Russian Messenger, Russian Imperial Stout

S 99 Luftballoons, Fruit Beer

Saint Benjamin Brewing Co.

1710 N. 5th St., Philadelphia, 215-232-4305;

N Wit or Witout, Belgian Witbier, 5.2%

N Bonne Anne 2015, Belgian Golden Ale, 9.3%

ShawneeCraft Brewing Co.

One River Rd., Shawnee on Delaware, Pa., 570-213-5151;

N ShawneeCraft Golden Ale, Barrel-Aged Belgian Golden Strong with Brett, 9.2%

S ShawneeCraft Brett Blanche, Soured Wheat Saison, 5%

Slack Tide Brewing Co.

1072 Rt. 83, Unit 3, Clermont, N.J., 609-478-2324;

*N Angry Osprey, American IPA, 6.8%, 76 IBU

*N First Place, Bell Buoy, Belgian Blonde Ale, 7.3%, 25 IBU

Sly Fox Brewing Co.

331 Circle of Progress, Pottstown, 484-524-8210;

N Sly Fox 20, Dry Hopped Belgian style golden ale, 6.6%, 45 IBU

N Fuchstein Pils, Dry Hopped Pilsner, 5.4%, 46, IBU

Sterling Pig Brewery

609 W. State St., Media, 484-444-2526;

N Shoat, Pilsner, 5%, 25 IBU

N Snuffler, IPA, 6.5%, 60 IBU

Tired Hands Brewing Co.

16 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore, 610-896-7621;

N Helles Other People, Helles Lager, 5.2%

*S Third Place, Ourison, Saison, 4.8%

Troegs Brewing Co.

200 E. Hershey Park Dr., Hershey, 717-534-1297;

N Solid Sender Ale, American Pale Ale, 5.2%, 45 IBU

S Scratch Gose, 4.5%

Vault Brewing Co.

10 S. Main St., Yardley, 267-573-4291;

N Belgian Golden Ale Aged in Apple Brandy Barrels, 9%, 27 IBU

N Belgian White IPA, 6.3%, 54 IBU

Victory Brewing Co.

420 Acorn Ln., Downingtown, 610-873-0881;

S Kirsch Gose, Sour Cherry Gose, 4.7%

Village Idiot Brewing Co.

42 High St., Mount Holly, N.J., 609-975-9270;

N Keisenberg Belgian White, Belgian Wit/White Ale, 5%

N Black Widow Kolsch, 5%, 25 IBU

Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

905 Line St., Easton, Pa., 610-559-5561;

*N Line Street Pils, Hoppy Pilsner, 5.3%, 50 IBU

*S First Place, Brünicorn, American Wild Ale, 6.5%

Yards Brewing Co.

901 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, 215-634-2600;

*N 99 Problems But a Mitch Ain't One, Double IPA, 8%, 74 IBU

S IBG Grapefruit Pale Ale, 6%, 42 IBU