MINNETONKA — Four Lake Minnetonka-area breweries took home awards in the inaugural MN Brewers Cup.
The competition was the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s first state-wide professional brewers competition. Eighty Minnesota breweries entered 500 beers into the competition’s 24 beer categories. The beers were blindly judged by certified beer judges, and several beers brewed in the Lake Minnetonka area took home awards.
Local breweries took home first, second and third in the Imperial Stouts and Porters category, with Spring Park’s Back Channel Brewing taking first place for King of the Wring. Enki Brewing, based in Victoria, took second with its Raven Russian Imperial Stout. Wayzata Brew Works’ Puppies, Rainbows and Kitten Kisses beer placed third.
In the Light Lagers category, Unmapped Brewing Co. in Minnetonka won first place for its Purgatory Pils Czech Pilsner, beating out Back Channel Brewing, which took second place in the category for its Horny Sidekick.
Unmapped also won second place in the Belgian Farmhouse style category for its Saison Amelie — Petite Saison. And in the Wheat Beers category, Enki Brewing’s Hootenanny Hefe Weiss took third place.
A full list of the winners is at mncraftbrew.org/brewerscupawards/.