The holidays and end of the year season are always a time for reflection and remembrance for people. As we reach the end of 2010, there are many things to look back on and forward to here at Flossmoor Station.
The completion of Bryan's first entire calendar year at the helm here at the Station gives us a lot of fond memories to look back on and the entire Flossmoor family couldn't be happier with the results.
Our competition slate saw us taking home an award in every event we entered this year:
|Chicago Beer Society 12th Annual Brewpub Shootout|
|Beer - 2nd Place||Dry Hopped Panama Limited Red Ale|
|Pairing - 2nd Place||Panama w/ Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Fiery Shrimp|
|2010 Day/Night of the Living Ales|
|Overall Award||1st Place / Best of Show||Bourbon McElroy Imperial Stout|
|2010 World Beer Cup|
|Category 16: Wood/Barrel Aged Beer||Bronze Medal||Pullman's Reserve Ale|
|2010 Great American Beer Festival|
|Category 69: Brown Porter||Bronze Medal||Pullman Brown Porter|
|8th Annual Festival of Barrel Aged Beers|
|Category 3: Barleywine/Wheatwine||Silver Medal||Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye Wine|
|Category 10: Wild Acidic Beer||Gold Medal||Rosie Pom American Pomegranate Sour Ale|
Beyond all the competition, 2010 also saw Flossmoor enter into a partnership with Glunz Beer. Distribution through Glunz allows our fans around Chicagoland the opportunity to grab our beers with more ease, showing up at beer stores around the area including our special IPAs and the occassional special release bottles.
2010 also saw the "Changing of the Guard" with our Assistant Brewer position. As former assistant Richard Grant moves on with his own endeavors at Finch Beer, we welcomed Nick Barron into the position. If you haven't gotten a chance to say "Hi", make sure and stop by for a tapping event or pint soon.
Add to all this our new dedicated IPA fermenter, expanded banquet room facilities, a new spin on and more inclusive Mug Club, not to mention all of the great non-competition festivals we saw in 2010 (Illiana Mayfest, Great Taste of the Midwest, and On Photon! to name a couple) and everything we are already excited about in 2011 (See Bryan's post below for starters!), and it certainly has been a big year for us here at Flossmoor.
As always, we at Flossmoor thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Happy holidays and see you in 2011.
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