2021 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Winners Announced

2021 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Winners Announced

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) announced the 2021 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners on Monday, August 16, 2021, at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s West Creek location. This year’s competition was managed by Head Judge Charlie Harr. 283 beers in 20 categories from 95 independent craft breweries competed in the largest competition in VCBG history. Judging took place over three days (June 4th, 5th, and 12th) at Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia.

“The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and Virginia Craft Beer Cup’s 10th Anniversary is an amazing milestone,” said Janell Zurschmeide, Dirt Farm Brewing and VCBG Chair. “Celebrating the 2021 Cup competitors and winners with friends and colleagues is a fitting tribute to our members’ commitment to amazing independent craft beer.”

“This year’s competition was phenomenal,” said Charlie Harr, Head Judge. “Each brewery clearly exemplified their passion and their skills in the great beers put forward. That same passion was also shown by the tremendous judges as they worked to find the best of the best.”

The Virginia Craft Beer Cup continues to be the largest state competition of its kind in the United States. The VCBG is committed to giving its members the opportunity to compete, obtain critical feedback from certified judges, and get statewide recognition that will help build their brands. The VCBG is also developing additional media, retail marketing, and tourism opportunities for Cup winners this year, ranging from a Cup Winner Beer Trail to digital medals for labels and retail POS displays.

“The Guild is excited to celebrate its 10th Anniversary and recognizing the winners of the 2021 Virginia Craft Beer Cup is the best way to celebrate,” said Brett Vassey, VCBG President & CEO.

The 2021 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners are as follows:


First Place               Fair Winds Brewing Company, Quayside Kölsch

 Second Place         The Virginia Beer Company, Terminally Pretty

Third Place              Dynasty Brewing Company, 838 Stout


First Place               Blue Mountain Barrel House, Blueberries on Acid

Second Place         St. George Brewing Company, Honey Meade Lager

 Third Place             Blue Mountain Barrel House, Raspberries on Acid


First Place               Sweetwater Tavern, Great American Restaurants Pale Ale

Second Place                  Moon Hollow Brewing Company, Lunar Highlands

Third Place              Dragon Run Brewing, One Irish Red


First Place               Old Bust Head Brewing Company, Time Lapse

Second Place         Caboose Brewing Co., Vienna, VA Lager

Third Place              The Bold Mariner Brewing Company, Frogman Lager


First Place               Dragon Run Brewing, Beanfield Brown

Second Place         Nansemond Brewing Station, BEEnut Butter Nut Brown Ale

Third Place              The Board Room VA, The Bishop Brown


First Place               Sweetwater Tavern, Sidewinder Bock

Second Place         Lake Anne Brew House, Behind Maibock

 Third Place             Wasserhund Brewing Company, April Showers


First Place               Young Veterans Brewing Company, What About Us Lagers?

 Second Place         Twin Creeks Brewing Company, Black Bar Bier

Third Place              Broken Window Brewing Company, Blitzn’d


First Place               Olde Salem Brewing Company, Bare Necessities

Second Place         Dirt Farm Brewing, Fluster Cluck


First Place               Pale Fire Brewing Company, Arrant IPA

Second Place         Fair Winds Brewing Company, Howling Gale

Third Place              The Vanguard Brewery & Distillery, Snap Guns IPA


First Place               Fair Winds Brewing Company, Quayside Kölsch

Second Place         Bear Chase Brewing Company, Kodiak Kolsch

Third Place              Ornery Beer Company, Light of Cologne


First Place               Fine Creek Brewing Company, Rosé Gose

Second Place         Reason Beer, Wood Song Red

Third Place              Maker’s Craft Brewery, Barrel Aged Sour Cherry Porter


First Place               Lost Barrel Brewing, Farm Ale

Second Place         Wheatland Spring Farm + Brewery, Westerly

 Third Place             Old Ox Brewery, Ernest Cream Ale

Honorable Mention Cave Hill Farms Brewery, Pathfinder Pale Ale


First Place               The Virginia Beer Company, Terminally Pretty

Second Place         7 Dogs Brew Pub, CBL Lager

Third Place              Iron Pipe Alewerks, Four Horsemen of Helles


First Place               New Realm Brewing Co., Euphonia Pilsner

 Second Place         Wheatland Spring Farm + Brewery, Found Artifacts

Third Place              Rocket Frog Brewing Company, Žába


First Place               Black Hoof Brewing Company, Duck Blind Baltic Porter

Second Place         Port City Brewing Company, Porter

Third Place              Old Ox Brewery, Black Ox


First Place               Ballad Brewing, Love Wins Wheat IPA

Second Place         Eastern Divide Brewing Company, Cliffhanger Session IPA

Third Place              Precarious Beer Project, Jiu Jitsu Shih Tzu

Honorable Mention 2 Silos Brewing Co., Mosaic Goat


First Place               Dynasty Brewing Company, 838 Stout

Second Place         The Virginia Beer Company, Elbow Patches

Third Place             Sweetwater Tavern, High Desert Imperial Stout


First Place               Olde Salem Brewing Company, Death Letter

Second Place         Beltway Brewing Company, Art in Execution

Third Place              Broken Window Brewing Company, The Highlander


First Place               Tucked Away Brewing Company, Local National (Jalapeño)

Second Place         Water’s End Brewery, Christmas Quad

Third Place              That Damn Mary Brewing Company, Smack It Like Its Hot


First Place               Ornery Beer Company, Down Wit It

Second Place         The Farm Brewery at Broad Run, Fat Bird

Third Place             Tasting Room & Taphouse at Mount Ida Reserve, Leipziger Gose


First Place               Cedar Run Brewery, Barrel Aged Gus Imperial Stout

Second Place         Brothers Craft Brewing, Resolute

Third Place              Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Tom Cat Wheatwine

Honorable Mention Mountain Valley Brewing, Porter’s Porter

Award winners will be featuring their beers in their tasting rooms and through their wholesale and retail partners. The VCBG encourages craft beer enthusiasts to visit these breweries and try these great brews. To learn more about these breweries and plan your taproom trip, visit our Virginia Brewery Map or go to the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s craft beer site.

The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (Guild) is an association of independent, small and traditional breweries dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth. The Guild is the state affiliate of the Brewers Association. For information of the Beer Judge Certification Program, go to bjcp.org. For more information on the Guild, go to vacraftbeer.com and vacraftbrewersguild.com.

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