Peabody Heights Brewery Old Oriole Park Bohemian Lager was named Maryland’s top beer at the 2015 Maryland Craft Beer Competition. Other overall winners included Evolution Craft Brewery’s Lot #6 Double IPA which placed 2nd overall, RavenBeer’s The Cask which placed 3rd overall, and Franklins Brewery was awarded Honorable Mention for their Bombshell Blonde. Fourteen beers from around the state were named “Best in Category,” joining 14 beers winning gold medals, 14 silver medalists and six bronze medal winners. Jeff Sanders, the competition’s director, noted that even after nearly 100 minutes of discussion, the Bohemian Lager “still had the same shine, same great flavor, and was not impacted by air nor temperature,” a rarity for the style.
Comptroller Peter Franchot attended the ceremony, and commended the industry for its quality, diversity and unity.
Franchot presented the Comptroller’s Cup to Peabody Heights Brewery owner, Dick O’Keefe, who promptly presented it to his brewmaster, Ernie Igot.
Twenty-six Maryland craft brewing companies took part in the Brewers Association of Maryland’s 10th annual competition. “Twenty out of twenty-six breweries earned medals, proving that Maryland’s brewers and their beers are diverse, with no single brewery dominating the competition,” said Brewers Association of Maryland Executive Director, Kevin Atticks.