Brewery brews a National Grand Champion
A brewery’s limited-release beer recently won the National Grand Champion award at the United States Beer Tasting Championship — for the third year in a row.
The win for Pilgrim’s Dole by New Holland Brewing Co. in the barleywine category is a significant achievement for the wheatwhine ale set for a release this month, said Richard Brooke, master taster and regional coordinator for the event.
The heavy-hitting beer has been part of New Holland’s lineup since 2003, coming in at 11.8 percent ABV, with plenty of warming and sweet flavors with caramel.
“We have never had a beer, let alone a three-time National Grand Champion, garner so many unanimous votes from the judges,” Brooke said. “There is never any argument Pilgrim’s Dole wins and rightfully so.”
Pilgrim’s Dole fits into a barleywine category still unknown to many beer drinkers across the country, said New Holland Brewing President Brett VanderKamp. The statement might be true, but this year, more than 500 entrants sought the title of best barleywine in the nation.
“Barleywines are still a bit of a mystery to many beer drinkers, but Pilgrim’s Dole is one of those beers that just blows people away,” VanderKamp said. “While it is a heavy hitter in some ways, overall balance really allows subtle nuances in Pilgrim’s Dole to shine and still appeal to a broad audience.”
In April, Pilgrim’s Dole won a bronze medal in the old/strong ale category at the World Beer Cup, and last October, the beer won a gold medal in the old/strong ale category at the Great American Beer Festival.
"Pilgrim’s Dole is close to everyone’s heart around the brewery,” said Fred Bueltmann, vice president of sales and marketing, New Holland Brewing.
Bueltmann added that the beer's "depth of flavor" bridges well with many foods, making it a "favorite amongst chefs."