Hideaway Park Brewery earns silver medal at Great American Beer Fest
Editor’s note: This story has been edited to correct the misspelling of Stefan Barbee’s name.
Winter Park’s Hideaway Park Brewery brought home a silver medal from the Great American Beer Festival in the Other Strong Beer category this year for its Skate Juice. It is the brewery’s first time taking home a medal from the fest.
The style of Skate Juice is a malt liquor that is 7.6% ABV, and it is the second summer Hideaway has brewed it. If you have ever had malt liquor there is a distinct flavor – some malty sweetness with a warming characteristic.
Andy Brumenschenkel, who owns Hideaway Park Brewery, says that this is probably the best malt liquor you have ever had. Typical commercially available malt liquors are brands that you may recognize from convenience stores sold in 40-ounce glass bottles such as, Mickey’s and Steel Reserve. Skate Juice is a refined, well-crafted version of the style.
When asked about the tasting notes of their new award-winning beer, both Brumenschenkel and the head brewer, Brian Ivers, say it is a hard question to answer.
“I mean it tastes like malt liquor, but I would say that it has a nice richness…you get a little warming character, a little bit of alcohol notes on the back that plays well with the sweetness of the beer,” Ivers said.
Although they never imagined that a malt liquor would be the style of beer that would bring the brewery its first Great American Beer Fest medal, they challenge you to find a better malt liquor.
“It’s a medal and we’re excited,” Brumenschenkel said.
Skate Juice was actually conceptualized by the manager of Fraser Valley Hot Dog, Stefan Barbee, who used to drink malt liquor as a skater in his younger days. He asked Hideaway Park Brewery to create him nostalgic beer knowing that they had the talent to crush it. Fraser Valley Hot Dog and the brewery are neighbors.
“I had a lot of confidence, and I think all of their beers are award winning,” Barbee says when explaining how Skate Juice was born. “I am really excited that I get to work next to those guys who could make a small town boy’s dreams come true.”
A partial keg of Skate Juice will be tapped this Friday for anyone who wants to try it. However, don’t fret if you miss tasting it this weekend, the brewery plans to brew more next summer.
For more information visit the website, HideawayParkBrewery.com.
Tara Alatorre is the editor of Sky-Hi News. You can reach her at 970-557-6031 or email@example.com.
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