A few weeks ago, I shared the news that several local brewers and distillers had won some prestigious awards over the past few months
. In the comments, a Bites reader appropriately called me out for not mentioning local West End favorite Blackstone's achievement at the Great American Beer Festival. I did have to disagree that there is any anti-Blackstone bias here at Bites, though. I'm not biased; I'm just ignorant. Apparently the press release about their success got lost at the bottom of some non-booze writer's email box here at the SouthComm cave. Mea culpa.
Luckily, Stephanie Weins, owner and general manager at Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery showed me the light and re-sent the press release announcing that their St. Charles Porter had won a Silver Medal. They have entered that beer 15 times over the years and have won seven awards in the Brown Porter category, making it the most decorated Brown Porter ever at the Great American Beer Festival.
That's definitely something worth celebrating, perhaps with a beer.