WINS GOLD MEDAL AT GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL
Little Rock, AR, 10/30/08---Vino’s Pizza*Pub*Brewery recently claimed a gold medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, the nation’s largest beer competition, that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States today. The top three winners in each of the competition’s 75 beer-style categories were announced October 13th at the 26th Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo.
Vino’s was recognized in the Imperial/Double Red Ale beer-style category for its Rock Hopera Imperial IPA, an unfiltered, cask conditioned IPA (India Pale Ale). Rock Hopera, which previously garnered a Bronze medal at the 2006 GABF, is characterized by intense hop flavor and aroma but is well-balanced due to the high amount of malted barley which provides a full-bodied background of caramel malt sweetness. “The Rock Hopera Imperial IPA is one of my favorite beers. Not just a favorite brewed in-house, but one of the best beers I’ve had from any brewery in the country” says Vino’s owner Henry Lee. “Bill Riffle does a great job brewing all of our beers. But he really is deserving of the gold medal because Rock Hopera is something special”.
The 2008 Great American Beer Festival was attended by over 46,000 people. Competition winners were selected by an international panel of 127 brewing experts from an impressive field of 2,902 entries averaging 39 beers in each of 75 categories, received from 472 U.S. breweries. More than 1,500 breweries were invited to compete. “The Great American Beer Festival is the premier judging event for the American craft beer industry,” says Nancy Johnson, Festival Director.
Vino’s, at the corner of 7th & Chester St., downtown, has been in operation since 1990. Implementing on-site brewing in 1993, they became Little Rock’s Original Brewpub in the early years of America’s brewing renaissance. The initial concept was to open a pizza place that provided at least 12 draft beer choices. Currently, patrons can usually find 5-7 house-brewed beers on tap at all times, as well as 8-10 other handcrafted beers from local & regional craftbrewers.
Vino’s Pizza*Pub*Brewery serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week and in addition to beer & wine, specializes in hand-tossed, New York-style, stone-baked pizzas that can be purchased whole or by-the-slice, huge calzones, sandwiches and salads. Vino’s also features live entertainment, focusing on local and regional acts and is often a lure for a national band on tour. Vino’s also offers a wide variety of alternative entertainment such as plays, poetry, movies and community fundraising events. Vino’s is a casual-service establishment, non-smoking, family friendly and has a large outdoor deck/patio with live acoustic music on Sunday afternoons. All menu items are offered for eating in-house or to-go. House beers are also available to-go in ½ gallon “growlers” (glass jugs).
VINO’S Pizza*Pub*Brewery WINS MEDAL AT THE 25th ANNUALGREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL
Little Rock, AR, 10/04/06—VINO’S Pizza*Pub*Brewery recently claimed a bronze medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival Competition, America’s largest beer competition, which recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States today. The top three winners in each of the competition’s 69 beer-style categories were announced September 30 at the 25th Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo.
Vino’s was recognized in the Imperial or Double Red Ale beer-style category for its Rock Hopera Imperial IPA, a full-bodied ale with intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma that is balanced by complex alcohol flavors, moderate to high fruity esters and medium to high caramel malt character. Alcohol content is also very high and of notable character.
Vino’s Pizza*Pub*Brewery is Little Rock’s original brewpub, established in 1990, specializing in handcrafted beers to compliment its restaurant fare of New York-style, stone-baked pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and a variety of salads. Vino’s also serves a number of domestic and imported draft and bottled beers, wine and its own Root Beer for the kids. “Vino’s is a great neighborhood restaurant that also happens to be a great brewery. We will have 5-7 of our beers on tap at all times—rotating up to over 20 different beers during the year. We try to have a variety of styles and flavors, something for everyone. Rock Hopera is one of our rotating specials produced by Head Brewer Bill Riffle. Both Bill and I love hops, so the Rock Hopera is one of our favorites. But besides that, it is an excellent beer and Bill is very deserving of this award. He does a great job with all our beers” says Henry Lee, owner.
The 2006 Great American Beer Festival Competition winners were selected by an international panel of brewing experts from an impressive field of 2,443 entries received from 450 U.S. breweries. More than 1,200 breweries were invited to compete. “The Great American Beer Festival is the premier judging event for the American craft beer industry,” says Nancy Johnson, Festival Director. “It’s exciting, being the 25th celebration, that this is our biggest showing of entries. That’s proof positive that being chosen a winner, no matter if gold, silver or bronze is truly an accomplishment.”