Another day, another story about North Texas slaying it in craft beer world. Dallas' Peticolas Brewing Co. recently crushed the competition at the 21st annual United States Beer Tasting Championship summer edition.
Peticolas' Golden Opportunity, a refreshing and light 4.6 percent ABV ale, took judges' taste buds by storm to earn the ultimate Grand Champion honor in the Kolsch/Cream/Gold Ale category. Peticolas was the big winner overall in the Rockies-Southwest division, too, according to Richard Brooke at USBTC, who provided GuideLive a copy of the local results before they were released.
The brewery also took the division title in the Amber/Red Ale category with its seasonal Irish Goodbye and for Bitter/ESB with Royal Scandal.
Dallas wasn't the only North Texas city to take home a win. Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. in Fort Worth snagged division titles for Rahr Blond (Dortmunder/Helles category) and Pride of TX (Pale Ale). Austin-based Adelbert's Brewery also brought home a Grand Champion honor for its Naked Nun (Belgian White/Wit).
USBTC judges have field tastings across the country to determine winners. They blind-taste beers in multiple stages determining winners by region as well as by category in a round-robin-like fashion, according to the website.
Earlier this year, both Peticolas and Rahr brought home medals from the U.S. Open Beer Championship, which was an international competition. Garland's Lakewood Brewing Co. came in second place overall there.