Only one month earlier than its first milestone anniversary, the Pompano Seashore-based brewery’s proprietor and brewmaster Matt Manthe acquired phrase he’d received not one — however two — bronze medals within the nation’s largest skilled beer competitors.
Odd Breed took dwelling two medals through the thirty sixth annual Nice American Beer Pageant (GABF) that happened in Denver this October, making it one in every of ten Florida breweries to obtain a medal this yr.
This yr, Manthe’s “Bretta” festbier and “Tilling Time” Belgian-inspired lambic had been acknowledged through the skilled beer competitors, every awarded a bronze medal through the official award ceremony that happened October 8 on the Colorado Conference Heart.
The popularity comes on the heels of Odd Breed Wild Ales first GABF win, a gold medal the brewery acquired within the “mixed-culture brett beer” class for its “Oddities and Outliers Mix Two” beer, a mix of beers aged in French oak barrels for one to 3 years.
Introduced by the Brewers Affiliation, GABF is taken into account the nation’s high craft beer competitors. This yr, the pageant awarded 300 medals to the very best business breweries in america in 98 beer classes overlaying 177 totally different beer kinds, with almost 10,000 business brewery entries.
For Manthe, successful three medals in two years from the biggest and best beer competitors in North America is an honor.
“I’m blown away,” Manthe tells New Instances. “After I first heard the information in regards to the gold medal, I used to be positive somebody had made a mistake. It’s so aggressive, and there are such a lot of breweries, I really feel there’s all the time a little bit of disbelief earlier than it settles in.”
This yr, Manthe mentioned he streamed the award ceremony dwell whereas working the bar at his Pompano Seashore taproom. When the primary award was introduced, he was excited to have a second win.
However he was floored when he heard the announcement for his third medal — this one for “Tilling Time” — introduced simply fifteen minutes later.
This yr, Odd Breed once more was acknowledged within the “brett beer” class for its “Bretta” festbier, which was brewed and fermented like a German Dortmunder pilsner earlier than growing old in French oak barrels with Brettanomyces wild yeast for 14 months. The wild lager showcases Odd Breed’s distinctive wild yeast strains with notes of hay, leather-based, and lemon rind alongside a touch of tartness.
Within the “wooden and barrel-aged bitter beer” class, Manthe’s Belgian lambic “Tilling Time” was acknowledged as a standout. A singular twist on the basic model, the beer was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels earlier than it was transferred into Islay Scotch barrels for an extra 5 months of growing old, a course of that yields intense aromatics of peat with notes of apricot, honeydew melon, and vanilla earlier than ending with refreshing acidity.
This weekend, these concerned about sampling Odd Breed’s award-winning beers can accomplish that through the brewery’s fifth-anniversary celebration going down on Saturday, November 19.
The brewery will probably be open till 10 p.m., permitting company to pay as they go or buy an infinite drink ticket by way of the Oznr app. Limitless drink tickets are priced at $75 per particular person and embrace a 750-ml bottle of Odd Breed’s “Fifth Anniversary” ale, a mix of 5 distinctive beers rested in French oak barrels from one to 4 years, in addition to limitless draft pours that includes a wide range of Odd Breed’s current and classic beer lineup out there from midday till 4 p.m.
When requested if there might be extra award-winning beers in Odd Breed’s future, Manthe mentioned he’s up for the problem.
“Profitable two medals this yr is a big honor for our boutique, specialty brewery — particularly after successful a gold medal final yr,” sums up Manthe. “All of our beers demand an unbelievable quantity of effort and time to supply, with excessive consideration to element, and I’m extremely grateful that our native followers help us in our endeavor to create the very best beer. So long as I really feel I’ve one thing worthwhile to compete with, I’ll enter once more.”
Odd Breed Wild Ales Fifth Anniversary. Midday to 10 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at 50 NE First St., Pompano Seashore; 754-220-6099; oddbreed.com. Admission is free; limitless beer tickets price $75 by way of store.oznr.com.