NEW?ULM?- August Schell Brewing Company has been awarded a gold and silver World Beer Championship medals by the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) .
The medeals are Schell's Bock and Stag Series 7 American Barleywine Ale.
The judging ratings range from 96 to 100 for superlative to 80 and below for not recommended. Jerald O'Kennard, Director of the BTI, said that 94 is an extremely good score, and unusually high. Testing methods minimize external factors and maximize the concentration of the panelist. All of the panelists are professional guest tasters who are retailers, restaurateurs, or prominent writers.
Schell's Bock scored a 93 in the Bock category, earning the title "exceptional." Brewed with a harmonious blend of 10 different types of malt and noble hops, Schell's Bock is fermented slowly, and then lagered for an extended period of time to ensure a smooth finish.
Schell's Stag Series 7 American Barleywine Style Ale earned an 88 in the Barleywine Ale category, receiving a "highly recommended" rating from the panel of judges. Each 100 bbl brew of Stag 7 (about 200 bbls total) required two separate mashes of more than 6,000 pounds of malt. 150 pounds of hops were added to the wort during the extended (90 minute) boil. The wort was then cooled and fermented with American Ale yeast. Finally, the beer was aged for over three months. The end result is an intensely malty and assertively hopped American Barleywine. This beer has an amped up malt flavor, high alcohol (9.5 percent ABV) and heaping amounts of citrusy American hops.