Friday, February 24th
HELLES YES –
Our year-round classic, Rahr’s Blonde, has won a Grand Champion in the Dortmunder/Helles category at the 2014 Summer Usbtc – United States Beer Tasting Championship!
The USBTC takes a unique approach in that its competition is held in multiple stages. They conduct a series of field trials wherein the judges sample beers of similar styles and select the best to advance on to subsequent rounds. Field trials are typically conducted over a one-month period in separate locations near Boston, MA, Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL. For each beer category, the field trials continue for several rounds until the winning entries are selected.
The USBTC opts for fewer, more inclusive categories (e.g., all stouts versus oatmeal, sweet, dry, etc.) versus more, thoroughly exclusive categories. One reason is that many products push the limits of certain styles to the point of blurring the boundaries. Second, the USBTC feels that many of the categories in large competitions are overkill. Finally, the USBTC believes that some styles are not produced by enough brewers to warrant their own category.
You can check out all of the other winners here!