Peticolas Brewing in Dallas takes first place at international beer competition

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include comment from the brewery's owner.

Peticolas Brewing Co. took the top honor and the title of grand national champion at the U.S. Open Beer Championship, an international beer competition that took place over the weekend in Oxford, Ohio.

The Dallas brewery garnered five medals, including three gold for its Black Curtains imperial stout, Great Scot! Scottish ale and its flagship Velvet Hammer imperial red ale. Peticolas also earned silver medals for its Royal Scandal English pale ale and Sledge Hammer barley wine.

The competition ranks the top 10 breweries based on number of medals won. Peticolas Brewing took first place and was the only Texas brewery to make the rankings.

"This award gives us validation that we are achieving our goal of brewing world class beer and providing a unique experience here in Dallas," said Michael Peticolas, brewery owner and founder.

Peticolas Brewing wasn't the only North Texas brewery to win accolades. In fact, Dallas-Fort Worth brought home 14 medals from the competition — up from 13 in 2017 — adding to the Lone Star State's total of 26 awards. More than 6,300 beers created by professional breweries and award-winning home brewers worldwide were submitted for judging, according to a statement from the U.S. Open Beer Championship.

Here are the Texas results:

  • Gold: Black Curtains by Peticolas Brewing Co. (Dallas) in "American imperial stout" category
  • Gold: Great Scot! by Peticolas Brewing Co. (Dallas) in "Scottish ale" category
  • Gold: Velvet Hammer by Peticolas Brewing Co. (Dallas) in "imperial red ale" category
  • Gold: Running Walker Pale Ale by Braman Brewery (Richmond) in "international-style pale ale"
  • Gold: Garnet by Middleton Brewing (San Marcos) in "Belgian pale ale" category
  • Gold: Benedictum by Real Ale Brewing Co. (Blanco) in "Belgian/sour lambic" category
  • Gold: Alpine White by Big Bend Brewing Co. (Alpine) in "Belgian witbier" category
  • Gold: Dark Skies by Vista Brewing (Driftwood) in "Schwarzbier" category
  • Gold: Celis Raspberry by Celis Brewery (Austin) in "Belgian-style fruit beer" category
  • Gold: Iron Joe by Rahr and Sons Brewing Co. (Fort Worth) in "coffee beer" category
  • Gold: Tejano Pecano by Oak Highlands Brewery (Dallas) in "specialty/anything goes" category
  • Gold: Procrastinator by 8th Wonder Brewery (Houston) in "session IPA" category
  • Silver: Royal Scandal by Peticolas Brewing Co. (Dallas) in "English pale ale" category
  • Silver: Sasquatch by 903 Brewers (Sherman) in "American imperial stout non-traditional" category
  • Silver: Sledge Hammer by Peticolas Brewing Co. (Dallas) in "American barley wine" category
  • Silver: Freaky Deaky by Oak Highlands Brewery (Dallas) in "Belgian tripel" category
  • Silver: Tejas Clara by Big Bend Brewing Co. (Alpine) in "American premium lager" category
  • Silver: Sin Mint Tempress by Lakewood Brewing Co. (Garland) in "experimental beer" category
  • Silver: Fiesty Blonde by HopFusion Ale Works (Fort Worth) in "specialty/anything goes" category
  • Bronze: 10/6 by Rabbit Hole Brewing (Justin) in "English pale ale" category
  • Bronze: Rio Blanco Pale Ale by Real Ale Brewing Co. (Blanco) in "bitter" category
  • Bronze: Weisstheimer by 8th Wonder Brewery (Houston) in "German hefeweizen" category
  • Bronze: Celis White by Celis Brewery (Austin) in "Belgian witbier" category
  • Bronze: True Love by Martin House Brewing Co. (Fort Worth) in "fruit gose" category
  • Bronze: Sex A Peel by Infamous Brewing Co. (Austin) in "American specialty wheat" category
  • Bronze: Lion's Share IV: Anniversary Ale by Lakewood Brewing Co. (Garland) in "wood/barrel-aged quad" category

View the complete list of winners (a.k.a. beers you should try) here.

CORRECTION, 7:35 a.m., July 10, 2018: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated HopFusion won a bronze medal.


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