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Kane, Flying Fish win 2014 GABF gold in barrel-aged stout, English pale categories

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A big win for Kane Brewing's barrel-aging program, and a return to the winners circle for the Garden State's largest craft brewer, Flying Fish.

Barrels-Inner-WallKane, probably best known for its popular IPAs Head High and Overhead, won a gold medal for its Night to End All Dawns barrel-aged imperial stout at the 33rd Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Flying Fish, a 2009 gold medal winner with its Exit 4 American Tripel, the inaugural beer in the Somerdale brewery's Exit Series, won a gold this time for its Hopfish IPA and complemented that win with a silver medal for its assertively hopped red ale, Redfish.

The Iron Hill brewpub chain kept its 18-year streak of medal wins alive, this time thanks to its Media, Pennsylvania, and Newark, Delaware, locations, taking silvers for a rye brew and a Belgian tripel, and bronze for a Burton IPA. Iron Hill has 10 brewery-restaurants spread among Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Winners of the Brewers Association's annual competition were announced Saturday. Just over 5,500 beers commercially brewed beers from 1,309 breweries across the country were judged this year.

Barrels-Far-WallWith 100 oak barrels perched on ricks along the brewery's walls – most of the wood was previously used to condition whiskeys – Kane (Ocean Township) has probably the most extensive barrel-aging program among the Garden State's two dozen or so craft brewers.

The brewery, which just celebrated a third anniversary, went up against 108 other entries in the wood- barrel-aged strong stout category to win with the 12 to 13 percent ABV bourbon barrel stout. Night to End All Dawns, aged in the barrels for almost a year and a half, is also among Kane's 750 ml cork and cage bottle offerings.

Hopfish2Flying Fish's Hopfish IPA (6.5 percent ABV, 25.3 IBU) won in the classic English pale ale category, besting 36 other entries. One of Flying Fish’s best-selling beers, Hopfish won a bronze in 2009.

Hopfish dates back to 1997, when IPA's generally hewed more closely to the British take on the style, well-hopped but far from the super-aggressively hopped American spin that is pretty much the benchmark of IPAs now.

Redfish (7 percent ABV), the brewery's West Coast-slanted beer with Cascade, Columbus and Chinook hops, won silver in the Extra Special Bitter category, which drew 71 entries. Last year, Flying Fish won silver for its Oktoberfish seasonal; the brewery won bronze for Exit 8 Belgian brown ale in 2012; Abbey Dubbel, part of Flying Fish’s lineup since its 1996 startup, won a silver in 2009.


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