Brewers and Distillers earn bragging rights with 100% Briess malt brews

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Noya Gilmore, Head Distiller of Santa Fe Spirits (right) and Gabe Toth, Assistant Distiller (left) getting ready for their new, larger mash vessel to come in.

During my recent visit to New Mexico and Nebraska I had the opportunity to meet several talented brewers and distillers. Noya Gilmore, Head Distiller of Santa Fe Spirits, and Gabe Toth, Assistant Distiller recently won a gold medal from the American Distiller’s Institute for their single malt whisky, Colkegan, which is made with 100% Briess malt. Colkegan has been earning bragging rights over the last three years, winning 6 awards through out the country and industry.

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  • 2015 Gold Medal from American Distiller’s Institute
  • 2015 Editors Choice from Whisky Magazine issue 125
  • 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • 2014 Silver Medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2014 Gold Medal for the Telluride Colorado Distillery Tasting
  • 2013 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival – Silver
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Nebraska Brewing Company owners Kim and Paul Kavulak enjoying Kim’s favorite beer, EOS Hefeweizen, made with 100% Briess malt.

While in Nebraska, I visited longtime Briess customers, Kim and Paul Kavulak, co-founders and owners of Nebraska Brewing Company. Their EOS Hefeweizen is made with 100% Briess malt and has also earned a number of awards over the years. It is a medium to full-bodied beer that is pale to golden in color and is most accurately described as a Bavarian wheat beer. The aroma and flavor of this unfiltered beer is decidedly fruity and spicy evoking tastes and aromas of cloves, nutmeg or sometimes vanilla with banana-like esters. Somewhat sweeter in style with a barely noticeable tartness.

EOS-thumb1The EOS Hefeweizen has won numerous awards over the last 5 years including:

  • 2010 North American Beer Awards Silver Medal – Bavarian Style Hefeweizen
  • 2010 United States Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal – German Hefeweizen
  • 2010 World Beer Championships Silver Medal – German Hefeweizen
  • 2011 United States Beer Tasting Championship – Regional Champion – Wheat Beer
  • 2011 Great American Beer Festival – Bronze Medal South German-Style Hefeweizen Category
  • 2012 North American Beer Awards Gold Medal – Bavarian Style Hefeweizen
  • 2012 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Silver Medal – South German Hefeweizen
  • 2012 United States Open Beer Championship – Gold Medal – German Hefeweizen
  • 2013 United States Open Beer Championship – Gold Medal – German Hefeweizen
  • 2013 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition – Bronze Medal – South German Hefeweizen
  • 2013 North American Brewers Association Beer Awards – Silver Medal – Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen
  • 2014 North American Brewers Association Beer Awards – Bronze Medal – Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen
  • 2014 San Diego International Beer – Gold Medal – South German-Style Hefeweizen
  • 2014 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Championship – Bronze Medal –Wheats/Hefeweizens/Wits
  • 2014 Canfest – Bronze Medal – Wheat Beers
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Nebraska Brewing Company’s Head Brewer, Tyson – Overlord of Brewing.

 

About Dan Burick

Dan BurickDan comes to Briess with 26 years of professional craft brewing knowledge in both pub and production brewing. Dan started brewing beer at Squatters Pub Brewery six weeks after it opened in 1989. He brewed for about a year before attending brewing school at the Siebel Institute of Technology. In 1997, in partnership with the Doemens Brewing Academy in Munich, Germany and Siebel Institute of Technology, Dan completed a course in Bavarian Brewing Technology. Soon after, he became Director of Brewing for the Utah Brewers Cooperative, which operates two brewpubs and one packaging facility for the Squatters and Wasatch brands.

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