Alaskan Big Nugget Barley Wine (2004 vintage) took first place in judging that kicked off the Toronado Barley Wine Festival, which wraps up this weekend in San Francisco.
â€œI think itâ€™s a real honor to win at the Toronado,â€ said Darin Jensen, an Alaskan Brewing quality assurance analyst and former brewer. â€œItâ€™s great that our 2004 Big Nugget did so well, because it proves how well our barley wine ages.â€
Ninety judges assessed 54 beers in the competition, and as always it truly was a festival. Jay Brooks has photos to prove it.