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Oct 25, 2014

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American Beer Month Challenge Cup 2002
Up to the challenge

The Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine, one of the nation's premier craft beer parlors and known for supporting local breweries throughout the year, won the biggest trophy in the first American Beer Month Challenge Cup.

"It was a great promotion. Hope you sponsor again next year!," wrote co-owner Dave Evans. "All the local brewers got involved with posters and giveaways ... it was a great event for a hot July night."

The Bear sold 1,637 pints of American beer through just 10 of its 53 taps — including about 1,000 pints on the final night.

"Alan Pugsley and Fred Forsley, owners of Shipyard Brewery, came out in force with their entire crew to overcome the lead that Rob Tod's Allagash held for one day," Evans reported. "Casco Bay made a valiant effort to get in the game but the lead was too far gone."

On the three days of the Challenge Cup, the Bear poured 513 pints (more than four kegs) of the Shipyard Summer Ale and 423 pints of Allagash White. For the month, Allagash White edged out Summer Ale as the top-selling beer.

Pictures from the final night:

Great Lost Bear
To the right, Alan Pugsley (center) and Fred Forsley (right), owners Shipyard Brewing.

Great Lost Bear
Rob Tod (center), owner/brewer Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, with his brewery workers.

Great Lost Bear
Bryan Smith (right), owner/brewer Casco Bay Brewing, Portland with crew.

Great Lost Bear
Steve Johnson (left), owner Moat Mountain Brewhouse, North Conway, NH, with Kai Adams owner/brewer Sebago Brewing Co., Portland.

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2002 Highlights

Great Lost Beer trophy

Robb Tod of Allagash Brewing accepts the 2002 Challenge Cup trophy on behalf of the Great Lost Beer in his home state of Maine. The trophy was presented at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, Colo., during the Great American Beer festival.

Most interactive
Boscos brewpubs in Memphis and Nashville. Read their intrastate comments.

Champion multi-tap bar
Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine. Members of the Maine brewing community were in the pub every night.

Champion chain brewery-restaurant
Rock Bottom Restaurant-Brewery in Arlington, Va.

BJ's Challenges
Within BJ's family of restaurants and breweries, establishments competed with each other. BJ's in Chandler, Ariz., which won the big establishment cup and to Portland/Lloyd Center (on Weidler), the small establishment champion.

Smallest participant
Kaffeeklatsch Bar in Huntsville, Ala. Only one tap, but lots of fun.