Thursday, June 09, 2016

Bastone Brewery receives three awards in the North American Beer Awards

Written by  Paul Starr
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Local craft beer producer Bastone Brewery recently competed in the 20th Annual North American Beer Awards and took home three medals for its satiable beer prepared by head brewer Rockne Van Meter. The national competition hosted by the North American Brewers Association™ (NABA) was moderated by a panel of brewers, certified judges and qualified professionals in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Winners were announced on Friday, June 3.
In the category of Belgian- and French-style ales, Bastone was recognized for its Tripel, Dubbel and Biére de Garde, including:

Gold medals for:

  • Pin-Up Blonde (4.5 % ABV) – an American-style light beer with soft malt and hop flavors.
  • Nectar des Dieux Tripel (9% ABV) -- a Belgian-style, golden ale with light fruity notes and a hint of sweetness.

A silver medal for:

  • Dubbel Vision (7.5 % ABV) – a Belgian-style amber ale with candi-sugar and dried dark fruits.

Thanks to his distinct style, Van Meter has won more than 200 awards throughout his brewing career. Having started as a home brewer, Van Meter’s brewing philosophy is “quality over quantity” and “true to style, clean and as flavorful as possible.” He has been a member of the Bastone Brewery team for 10 years. Van Meter’s favorite style beer is Belgian -- of course -- so, it’s no surprise that Bastone cleaned up in that category at the NABA Awards.

Visit Bastone Brewery to sample the award-winning beers for yourself! Bastone is located at 419 S. Main St. in downtown Royal Oak, and is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.