MILWAUKEE CLEANED up this fall at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The best part: You can easily find all three of Cream City’s medal winners in cans year round.
Photos by Chris Kessler
Gold: American Sour Ale
This light, gently tart crusher is made with a solera technique, each fresh batch blended into an aged portion from all earlier batches. The result is a bright, slightly grassy and lemon-citrusy beer with just a hint of the funky depths of more traditional sours.
Silver: Hazy Juicy IPA
City Lights’ version of the hottest style in craft beer bested a jaw-dropping 346 other entries – the competition’s most crowded category. It’s sneaky good: over owing with juicy notes of mandarin orange, pineapple and grapefruit snipped o with a moderate, clean-finishing bitterness.
Silver: Rye Beer
It’s the third straight medal for Unite the Clans, a Scottish ale that uses the rye of its category subtly. A slightly spicy aroma note and finish bookend a pleasing and extraordinarily balanced toffee-chocolate character.