Local small-batch craft brewers, Westtown Brew Works located in Westtown, NY, poured their way to victory in the first ever Gilded Growler Tournament at Pennings Farm Market on Fri., May 5. The local brewers proudly escorted the Gilded Growler trophy back to their Westtown brewery and taproom after Friday’s final competition to boast over their winning brews for one year. Next year the trophy will make its way back to Pennings Farm Market for the 2018 Gilded Growler Tournament.
The double elimination style competition brought eight Orange County breweries together to celebrate their limited edition one-off and flagship beers during a seven-week event. Each week placed two breweries head-to-head pouring four-ounce tastings of their craft beer for pub patrons to sample and then cast their vote for the brew and/or brewery of their choice. The May 5 final round placed Westtown Brew Works against Glenmere Brewing Company of Florida, NY, with Westtown taking the title and trophy as well as 500 pounds of malted barley from tournament sponsors, Black Dirt Malt of Pine Island, NY.
The complete line-up of breweries competing in The Gilded Growler Tournament included: Rushing Duck Brewing Company of Chester, NY; Glenmere Brewing Company of Florida, NY; Pine Island Brewing of Pine Island, NY; Captain Lawrence Brewing Company of Elmsford, NY; Newburgh Brewing Company of Newburgh, NY; New Paltz Brewing Company of Wawarsing, NY; Keegan Ales of Kingston, NY; and Westtown Brew Works.
The Gilded Growler Tournament and trophy were named in honor of the glass and stainless steel vessels used to transport draft beverages. Growlers are commonly sold at Pennings Farm Market and Pennings Farm Cidery as a means to offer take-out service of craft beer and hard cider. The trophy was created by Pennings Farm Market staff member, Hilda Luce, of Amity, NY. Luce was given one of Pennings own stainless steel growlers and full creative license to repurpose the jug into a trophy worthy of earning a home in the establishment of the Gilded Growler winner. Keeping with the notion that this trophy was to represent the people’s choice for best brew and brewery in the county, Luce wrapped the growler in a hop bine and then gilded the growler with a gold finish complete with fairy lights. Chris Pape, a bartender at Pennings Farm Market and local carpenter, constructed a wooden pedestal to hold the trophy and the engraved plates that will name the winners of The Gilded Growler for many years to come.
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