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Iron Brew II’s Winner is “Garden in a Glass”

  Photo by Sarah Hutchings
Photo by Sarah Hutchings

Holy City Brewing’s first Iron Brew contest last year was such as success that they decided to revisit it in 2013, and this time, approximately 50 teams competed. Please take note, home brewers, this competition is the stuff of legend:

You get a list of ingredients and attempt to brew the best beer you can with any combination of them. Get judged, and if you win, have your suds recipe professionally brewed and served at local watering holes. Yep, getting chills yet, you home brewing obsessives? We thought so.

Add in the fact that brewing master Charlie Papazian chose the ingredients for this year’s competition, and you brewers out there are probably positively giddy just thinking about it.

However, it’s not a dream for Joseph Niedzwecki of Summerville, who is this year’s champion of Iron Brew II. He created an IPA that included basil and coriander, with lavender in the dry hop. This wheat-based beer was positively glowing in its glass under the bar lights at Mellow Mushroom when we tried it, and it indeed has a floral tone. But be prepared for an IPA’s hoppiness to be front and center as well.

“It’s garden in a glass,” says Chris Brown of Holy City Brewing, who brewed an official 15-barrel batch of the stuff that will be available at the brewery and at Mellow Mushroom Downtown and Avondale until the kegs are gone.