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Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012 10:06 pm | Updated: 11:27 pm, Mon Sep 3, 2012.

Denali Brewing Company of Talkeetna was awarded the “Best of Show” ribbon at Sunday’s ceremony after a panel of judges scrutinized a wide range of craft beers at the second annual Microbrew Invitational Competition. Out of seven different categories, Denali Brewing Company was recognized in five, receiving a total of two gold medals and three silver medals.

Judges rated each beer based on a set of strict guidelines, then assigned points in a variety of areas such as appearance, aroma and, of course, flavor. The points from each judge were then averaged to determine a final score.

Denali’s 2011 Wassail and 2012 oak-aged Hibernale both won gold medals with a score of 49.75, just a quarter of a point shy of a perfect score. Silver medals were given to Denali’s Single Engine Red in the Light Ales category, Chuli Stout in the Dark Ales category and Big Red’s Black Beer in the Lager category.

In addition to being honored with Best of Show at the Microbrew Invitational, Denali Brewing held another distinction at this year’s fair with their Mother Ale being dubbed the official beer of the Alaska State Fair. This designation was awarded by popular vote at the Mighty Matanuska Brewfest last October. Denali Brewing Company’s Single Engine Red was the official beer of the 2011 Alaska State Fair.

This year’s Mighty Matanuska Brewfest is Oct. 19-20 at Raven Hall will determine the official Alaska State Fair beer for 2013.

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  • Valley Kid posted at 1:47 pm on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    Valley Kid Posts: 237

    Man was I excited to hear about another local brewery winning a gold at a Microbrew Invitatinal. Then I did some web searching to see where the event was held... The Palmer State Fair. So it was not quite as "cool" as I had thought. Good Job to you anyway! I've won blue ribbons there too.

  • 62north posted at 10:23 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    62north Posts: 1

    People who manufacture and distribute poison liquor should not be honored. They should be imprisoned like any narcotics dealer. Alcoholism is rampant in talkeetna. We had to shut down the Moose dropping festival because of a bunch of drunken jerks. Talkeetna did not need another bar or a brewery. Want proof? Show up on main street on any saturday night.

  • MtMike posted at 11:23 pm on Sat, Sep 8, 2012.

    MtMike Posts: 475

    Congrat's to Sassan, family and crew! Hard work reaped awards!