At the contest preceding Cole's (Buffalo, NY) Third Annual Barley Wine Festival east coast breweries triumphed with a clean sweep of the awards-taking all three. The past two years had seen a clean sweep by west coast breweries. A panel of five expert judges evaluated 14 barley wines in a blind judging on a Saturday morning in February. The field was almost evenly split with eight easterners and six westerners. New York was the most represented state with six brews. New Hampshire, Maryland, Colorado and California each had one entry. Washington State and Oregon had two apiece.

1st Place ~ Redhook, NH - Treblehook

2nd Place ~ Southern Tier, NY - Back Burner

3rd Place ~ Clipper City, MD - Below Decks

Other entries were:
Boundary Bay, Old Bounder, WA
Southern Tier, Back Burner 2007, NY
Great Divide, Old Ruffian, CO
Lake Placid, Barleywine 2008, NY
Mad River, John Barleycorn 2008, CA
Pike Brewing, Old Bawdy, OR
Elysian Brewing, Cyclops, OR
Flying Bison, The Herc 2005, NY
Flying Bison The Herc 2007, NY
Big Time, Old Wooly, WA
Rohrbach, Barley Wine, NY

Original Article By: Steve Hodos

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