We held the first annual Cup of Dankness Freestyle Homebrew Competition on May 22nd. There were 67 entries from all over California, with lots of really great beer entered. A cadre of Modern Times brewers and staff narrowed down the field to about a dozen beers, and then argued at length to come up with a top three beers. Without further ado, here they are:
Third place was a delicious coconut dubbel from Paul Brown. The malt, yeast character, and coconut addition all blended beautifully, with a result that was both exceptionally flavorful and utterly unique.
Second place goes to John Mazurco's explosively flavorful peach sour. We found ourselves going back to this beer again and again. We were very impressed by the clean, fruit-saturated sourness and absolutely lovely aroma.
And first place goes to...Miles McLennan with his Rye IPA! This was a very, very well-made beer with a unique, bright, delicious hop profile. Our brewers in particular were very impressed by this beer and it's marvelous balance of flavors.
Miles' rye IPA will be brewed and served in our tasting room, and then sent to GABF for the Pro Am competition. Miles will also get to wear a pretty sweet winged helmet every time he comes in to our tasting room for the next year.
We'll see you next year at the second annual Cup of Dankness!