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Prison City

Patrons sample beer made by Prison City Pub & Brewery in Auburn Jan. 20, 2017.

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

Already recognized nationally for its Belgian and India pale ales, Auburn's Prison City Pub & Brewery earned hardware for a slew of other beer styles at the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards Jan. 28 and 29 in Bend, Oregon.

Brewer Ben Maeso's submissions took four medals total:

• Gold in the robust porter category (32 entries) for his Straight Outta Locash porter

• Gold in the wood- or barrel-aged dark beer category (21 entries) for his Udderly Smooove whiskey barrel-aged milk stout

• Bronze in the mixed-culture brett beer or wild ceer category (19 entries) for his Guavatanamo Bay sour

• Bronze in the ordinary bitter or special bitter category (eight entries) for its Copper John ordinary bitter

The Copper John is the only winner currently on tap at the five-barrel brewpub, which owners Dawn and Marc Schulz opened on 28 State St. in December 2014.

Prison City was joined by a few New York state breweries on the list of medalists, including Nedloh Brewing Co., of Bloomfield (silver for its FLX Farmhouse Saison) and Resurgence Brewing Co., of Buffalo (bronze for its Ice Boom Bock).

Miles Wilhelm, one of the Best of Craft Beer Awards' organizers, said a total of 1,755 entries came from 326 breweries in 44 states and three countries. He added that the entry number is up 50 percent from last year's awards; 2017 marked the awards' fourth year.

Bend, Oregon, has been rated by Travelocity the No. 1 beer tourism destination among small metro areas in the United States.

To see the full winners list, click here.


Features editor for The Citizen.