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11 DC-area craft brewers bring home Brewers Association medals
September 27, 2023, 10:19 AM
Eleven craft brewers in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. came home with medals — including five golds — from the prestigious Great American Beer Festival, held over nine days with awards presented on Sept. 23 in Denver.
This year, 250 judges from 10 countries sipped and sniffed more than 9,400 entries from all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. There were 99 beer categories and more than 170 beer styles that were judged.
A total of 303 medals were awarded to 263 breweries, some of which came home with multiple wins. Medals are awarded as Gold, Silver and Bronze.
The nonprofit Brewers Association has nearly 6,000 U.S. brewery members and 37,000 members of the American Homebrewers Association.
The Great American Beer Festival is sponsored annually by the Brewers Association, which is the nation’s largest craft beer festival.
Here are winners from Maryland, Virginia and D.C., their medal, and beer category:
- Gold: Kodiak Kolsch, Bear Chase Brewing Company, Bluemont, Virginia (German-style Krolsch)
- Gold: Rock Hill Irish Red, Barley Naked Brewing Co., Stafford, Virginia (Irish-style red ale)
- Gold: Scout, Vibrissa Beer, Front Royal, Virginia (Sweet stout or cream stout)
- Gold: Oktoberfest, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, Virginia (Vienna-style lager)
- Gold: Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Atom Smasher, Rock Bottom Brewery, Bethesda, Maryland (Wood-and-barrel-aged strong beer)
- Silver: Passionfruit on Acid, Blue Mountain Barrel House, Arrington, Virginia (Fruited wood and barrel-aged sour beer)
- Silver: Milk Stout, Waredaca Brewing Co., Gaithersburg, Maryland (Sweet stout or cream stout)
- Silver: Oktoberfest, Silver Branch Brewing Co, Silver Spring, Maryland (Vienna-style lager)
- Bronze: Buttons the Bear, Bear Chase Brewing Co., Bluemont, Virginia, (Oatmeal stout)
- Bronze: Silent Neighbor, Atlas Brew Works, D.C. (Stout)
- Bronze: Midnight Rider Imperial Porter, Great American Restaurants — Sweetwater Tavern Merrified, Falls Church, Virginia (Strong Porter)
Coming October for Classic and Horse Trials
Waredaca Pony Club will be set up in the parking field and are selling Breakfast sandwiches and coffee. Misty Mint treats, horse ornaments and magnets are being offered for sale too. Bring a photo for a custom keepsake! Started in August and was very popular, WPC members will be on hand all day to clean your tack for a donation to the club! Just bring your tack by the booth after you are finished riding. All proceeds from the booth directly support WPC members. THANKS
Join us at Waredaca on August 16th, 2023, for a jump clinic with international equestrian, 5* Eventer & top trainer Allison Springer!
Springer is a veteran 5* event rider, accomplished trainer, and popular Young Rider coach who actively competes across the country as well as internationally. As an accomplished equestrian, she has been named multiple times to the United States Equestrian Team’s High Performance List and she was an alternate for both an Olympic and World Equestrian Games Team.
Springer trains and shows horses for clients, and teaches professional and amateur riders. She is a Pony Club Graduate and a USEA ECP instructor. Her commitment to the sport of Eventing includes servings as a founding member and former President of the Professional Riders Organization and she has seen the organization’s evolution into the Event Riders Association of North America (ERAofNA.org). Read more about Allison Springer
Bradley won England’s prestigious Land Rover Burghley CCI4*, becoming one of only two Americans to do so. His mentor, Bruce Davidson, won the title 23 years prior! Bradley also won Canada’s Checkmate International CCI3* an unprecedented three times in a row. He is a two-time Pan American Games Gold medalist and was named Equestrian Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. He is a Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Champion, and Stephen has been named to one U.S. Olympic team, one World Equestrian Games (WEG) team, and has been short-listed for 3 out of 5 U.S. World Equestrian Games teams, and 4 out of 5 U.S. Olympic teams.
Bradley is not just a competitor. He brings a wealth of horsemanship to his students and his team and shares his expertise teaching all over the country. He has even shared his knowledge on television, first reaching the national airwaves when he was featured on TBS’ U.S. Olympic Gold and then on George Michael’s Sports Machine. Bradley went on to anchor twenty-six episodes of Horsing Around with Stephen Bradley, an informative equestrian show that aired on Outdoor Life Network. He has also been published in The Chronicle of the Horse, Eventing USA, and Practical Horseman. Read more about Stephen Bradley
We have most of the permanent fences open and portables of a variety of levels in all three areas! Use this link to get started!
Check out our Footing Project with IEquitek for all of our arenas! After much research and analysis, we chose Atwood Footing, which is also the Official Footing and Arena Company of the USEF! For more information on iEquiTek and Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, click the corresponding images below.
Our Indoor Arena is completed and work on our outdoor (competition dressage arena) is next!
Waredaca Farm Riding Surface Strategy and Plan
The Waredaca Farm strategy is to use science and best practices to implement improved riding surfaces which are safe, healthy, and offer appropriate performance for the task, which includes education, training, and competitions. Waredaca Farm has aligned with other venues in the USA which are advancing the state-of-the-art. Waredaca has partnered with Bill Hawe from iEquiTek.
The first step was to make a commitment to use best practices and scientific knowledge to improve outcomes. This happened in the Fall of 2022. This meant Waredaca Farm laid out a vision and was willing to question how that might be accomplished with no pre-conceived notions.
The second step was to articulate a multi-step plan which would upgrade each of the riding surfaces, starting with their most used surface, the indoor arena. The selection of the footing material for the surface had several criteria: (a) it must have been successfully laboratory tested, (b) it must have been installed and successfully used in a demanding environment, preferably in Maryland, (c) the technical assessment from the laboratory testing must align with the qualitative assessment of professional equestrian athletes, (d) it must be affordable and maintainable, (e) the footing material must have longevity of 15 or more years. Waredaca Farm obtained a quote for engineered footing material, to be acquired in steps, all of which met these criteria.
The third step is the installation of new footing material in all three area. This step is underway now. The indoor arena was completed in early January. It is being used to great reviews.
These best practices provide longevity while minimizing disruption of the environment. They thus serve to protect open spaces while furthering the educational and land stewardship objectives of Waredaca Farm. Waredaca Farm has embarked on a multi-step strategy to use these best practices and scientific design approaches to improve their performance outcomes. As a result, it is anticipated that horses will be sounder, surfaces will be safer and performance will be predictable.
The new and improved indoor is now open for business! Many thanks to Bill for his hard work and for always answering questions about the science behind this new footing. Make sure to check out iEquiTek’s website for more information.
Dream and Read On!!!!
Waredaca Classic Three Day Teams with Area II Organizers to offer Road to the Three Day Challenge
In the days when long-format eventing reigned, there was a different kind of emphasis on preparation, on endurance, on horsemanship. The nature of the competition demanded it.
The 2022 Waredaca Classic Three Day Event is a formative experience for young riders, amateurs and professionals alike. Lead Clinician for 2022, SHARON WHITE, international competitor and popular coach and rider, returns this year!! She will be assisted by WOODS BAUGHMAN, also an international rider! What a fabulous combination to guide each of you thru the Classic Experience!!
Waredaca Classic competitors are treated to four days filled with instruction, insight and inspiration. Sharon and Woods, with the help of an experienced team of dressage judges, event organizers, technical delegates, vets and more, walk riders through every piece of the long format. This includes dressage test demos, cross country and show jumping course walks, mini steeplechase clinics, Q&As with vets, top riders and more.
Any other questions, please contact Chris at [email protected]
See below a full list of events coming your way in 2023 at Waredaca! From Recognized Events to Taproom Thursdays from May through September, and Expert Days with Stephen Bradley, and Guest Experts including Lauren Nicholson, Jennie Brannigan, Allison Springer, Tim Bourke, and more! There is something for everyone!2023-At-a-Glance
Thank you to the sponsors that make all these events possible!
As the sun sets on another amazing eventing season at Waredaca, we want to thank everyone who made it happen – especially our amazing volunteers! We all had so much fun at the November Waredaca Starter and loved ending the year with costumes and fun. <3
Jocelyn Hawe 603 303 3372
Date: Thursday, November 16th
Time: 5 pm to 7 pm
Location: Waredaca, Damascus Road, Laytonsville, MD, USA
WIN A LESSON WITH EMA KLUGMAN: International 5* Eventing Rider!!!
**Must be registered and present at the event to win.
Join us at E3 – Maintaining Your Performance Horse, a must-attend event for all horse enthusiasts! Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just starting out, this event is designed to help you optimize your horse’s performance and keep them in top shape. Our expert speakers will cover topics such as nutrition, gastric health, therapies, and injury prevention. You’ll also have the chance to network with fellow horse lovers and discover the latest products and services in the equine industry. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to enhance your horse’s performance and meet like-minded individuals. Mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable day at Waredaca in Laytonsville, MD, USA!
Doctors Stephanie and Chad Davis are sponsoring the Post Cross Country Beverage and Cheese reception at the 2023 Classic Three Day. Click the image below to read more about their team and the work they do!