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Ballast Point Wins Bistro Double IPA Fest Gold

By William Brand
Saturday, February 10th, 2007 at 9:48 pm in Uncategorized.

Hey look. Even bloggers get the flu. I’ve been down for four days, managed to crawl into work today (Saturday) at 7:30 a.m., but by afternoon I was just dead and I DID NOT MAKE IT TO THE BISTRO’S DOUBLE IPA Fest in Hayward today.

Hell and damn. It’s about my all-time favorite fest. Love them hops.

Just talked to Allison Cook at the Bistro and got the winners, chosen from a list of 50 Double IPAs by a panel of professional judges in a lengthy blind tasting Saturday morning.

Here are the results:

Gold Medal Winner: Ballast Point double IPA, Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego.

Silver Medal: Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, CA.

Bronze: Hop Stoopid, Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma, CA.

Honorable Mention: White Knuckle Double IPA, Marin Brewing Co., Larkspur, CA.

People’s Choice: Pliny the Younger, Russian River, Santa Rosa.

The place was packed, Allison , who was holding down the bar tonight, said. The good news is the beer is still flowing. Vic Kralj, Bistro proprietor, will keep all the IPAs on tap until they’re gone.

Hint: Go to Hayward this afternoon. The Bistro’s at 1001 B St. in downtown Hayward.

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