16 Mile Brewing Company’s Tiller Brown Ale was selected as one of the top eight beers in the What’s Up Magazine 2013 Chesapeake Beer Challenge. Since 2009, What’s Up? Magazine has pitted beer against beer in a bracket-style competition through several rounds of voting. The 2012 winner, St. Michael’s Ale from Eastern Shore Brewing beat 15 competitor brews, unseating three-time champion Evolution Brewing.
For the 2013 competition, 16 Mile Tiller Brown Ale is competing directly against National Premium in the ale category. In the pilsner category, Eastern Shore Brewing Duck Duck Goose Porter competes with Old Dominion Brewing’s Double D. In the stout category, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA competes with Fordham Brewing’s Rams Head IPA. Starr Hill Brewery Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter competes with DuClaw Brewiing Co. Sweet Baby Jesus in the seasonal brew category.
Voting began on October 4 at the Whats Up? Magazine website. Each week, the winners of the voting move on to the next bracket, and voters who cast their choice in one week have the opportunity to cast another ballet for the remaining beers the next week.
16 Mile Tiller Brown Ale, which was originally named Harvest Ale, demonstrates robust flavors of chocolat and coffee. The beer is a muddy brown color with a smooth flavor profile. The beer is named for the agricultural history in Sussex County, which is a critical part of the economy in southern Delaware. The brewery changed the name to Tiller Brown from Harvest Ale in an effort to distinguish it from many seasonal brews that often have “harvest” in the name.
In addition to the honor of being named one of the top eight competitors in the What’s Up? Magazine competition, 16 Mile recently learned that their Old Court Ale was included in Roger Protz newest book, a sequel to his first, entitled “300 More Beers to Try Before You Die.”
For more information on 16 Mile Brewing Company, visit them online, or stop in at the brewery, located at 413 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware and take a tour.