Nantahala Brewing receives 13 medals and 3rd Best of Show at the 2013 Carolinas Championship of Beer.

Bryson City, NC (April 25th, 2013) — Craft brewers from across the Southeast gathered in Hickory, North Carolina to participate in the 11th annual Hickory Hops Festival. Prior to the festival, the winners of the the 8th annual Carolinas Championship of Beer (CCB) were announced. There were 396 beers — an increase of 40% from last year –  representing 42 craft breweries in 134 style categories. Three weeks prior to the festival, over 80 volunteers gathered at Olde Hickory Brewery to judge the beers in a blind taste test. The brews were judged in accordance with the Great American Beer Festival guidelines.

On Friday, April 19th, during the festivals pre-party, the winners were announced and Nantahala scored big with four golds, two silvers and seven bronze medals. “This is our forth year participating in the festival and championship. We’ve competed well in the past, but this year was by far our best showing with thirteen medals. Four more than we received last year and more than all but one other brewery.” said Joe Rowland, co-owner and chief operations & marketing officer.

The following day, during the festival CCB founder, Bobby Bush announced the competition’s best of show winners. Nantahala took home Third Best of Show for the 4-Foot Drop, an American-Style Pale Ale. “We entered nineteen beers this year. I’m excited that thirteen of them medaled, but winning a Best of Show medal made my day. To know that the 4-Foot Drop was judged higher than 393 other beers in the competition is something to be proud of.” said Greg Geiger, Mad Zymologist (Brewmaster) for Nantahala. The first and second Best of Show awards both went to Liberty Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach, SC who also took home three silver and five bronze awards.

In the previous three years, Nantahala has received a total of fourteen CCB medals including nine from 2012. This years best of show is the breweries first in all fours years of competition. “It’s exciting to know that our brews are being recognized as some of the best in North Carolina, but it’s equally exciting to continue to help put Bryson City on the map. The more people who travel to our brewery help both us and our community grow.” said Jenn Huston, Taproom Wrangler at Nantahala.

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About Nantahala Brewing Co.
Located in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala Brewing artfully brews award-winning, craft beer made with fresh hops, whole grains and clean, crisp Great Smoky Mountain water, from one of the purest, protected watersheds on the planet.

Nantahala Brewing Co. was founded in early 2009 and brewery operations and distribution began nearly a year later in May of 2010.

The Brewery and Tap Room are located at 61 Depot Street, Bryson City, North Carolina. Tap Room is open year-around. Call us at (828) 488-BEER (2337) for hours, directions and wholesale inquiries.

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