Goat Island earned two bronze medals, one gold and placed second among all beers in the competition. / Photo courtesy Goat Island Brewing
CULLMAN – Old Mr. Richter would be proud. On Saturday afternoon at the Alabama Craft Beer Festival in Florence, Cullman’s Goat Island Brewing made out like a bandit, walking away with four awards, including a gold medal and the second highest honor in the competition.
- Richter’s Pils – Gold Medal, Pilsner category
- Sipsey River Red – Bronze Medal, Red Ale category
- Colonel’s Festbier – Bronze Medal, Oktoberfest category
Richter’s Pils, developed by Goat Island Brewmaster Gery Teichmiller from early Cullman saloon keeper William Frederick Richter’s original handwritten recipe, and brewed by Teichmiller and Head Brewer Paul White, also scored Best in Show, Second Place out of more than 75 beers entered in the competition.
Richter’s Pils won bronze at last year’s festival, while Sipsey River Red won gold.
Goat Island President Mike Mullaney said that the company’s other beers also “scored well, but just didn’t quite make the cut.”
“It’s just very gratifying,” said Mullaney, “that for two years in a row we’ve medaled. It shows that our beers have consistency in quality. And for Richter’s, it makes official what we’ve already known for a long time: that it’s a great beer. People really like it.”
Judging began in mid-August, and the awards were announced Saturday. The Alabama Craft Beer Festival is the official state championship for craft beer brewers.
For more information on Goat Island Brewing, visit www.goatislandbrewing.com.
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