By Kathy Chouteau
Richmond’s own Armistice Brewing Company medaled this week in the World Beer Cup competition, and last fall in the Great American Beer Festival, taking home two recent wins on the global beer stage.
Armistice, which is located in Richmond’s Marina Bay neighborhood, said in a statement that both wins were for their Hazy IPAs. The medals originated from “the two most competitive beer competitions in the world,” per Director of Brewing Operations and Co-founder of Armistice Gregory Zobel.
“We are just so stoked that our focus on hazy IPAs is paying off and being recognized beyond our locals and regulars, who have been enjoying these beers for years,” Zobel added.
“Fog Harvest,” Armistice’s aromatic, hazy IPA, earned silver out of 147 entries this past Wednesday in the World Beer Cup’s “Juicy or Strong Pale Ale” category, according to the brewery. It noted that the category is “extremely competitive” and that the World Beer Cup stands as the “most prestigious beer competition in the world.”
The brewery stated that its Fog Harvest beer “features a blend of Simcoe and Nelson [hops], with a juicy, fruit-cocktail nose. On the palate it’s mostly dank notes of resinous pine and sapwood.” It went on to add that the silver medalist has an “ultra-soft mouthfeel” and a “dry finish that makes this hazy surprisingly light and easy to drink.”
Wednesday’s win followed “Green New Zeal’s” bronze medal “in the same category” at the Great American Beer Festival last fall. Armistice’s brew, which is a hazy IPA with 100 percent New Zealand hops, medaled “in the country’s most competitive beer festival in the Hazy and Juicy Strong Pale Ale category out of 153 entries,” per the brewery.
Like its fellow medalist, Green New Zeal is crafted with Nelson hops, in addition to Motueka and Nectaron, two other New Zealand hop varietals, stated the brewery.
“Both of these awards really speak to our hyper focus on quality and getting the best, terroir-driven raw ingredients we can for our beers. You can’t make great beer without great ingredients,” said Alex Zobel, who is Armistice’s co-founder with her brother, Gregory.
Richmond residents wanting to taste the award-winning beer on tap will have to be a little patient. Alex said that although the beer is in demand, Armistice is “still in the business of brewing small batches that stay fresh and sell fast.” Her brother added, “It’s definitely a top priority on our production calendar! Just don’t expect it to last long.”
Armistice Brewing Company is located at 845 Marina Bay Pkwy, Suite 1, in Richmond, in a space that’s family and dog friendly, features two beer gardens and ample indoor room. Learn more here.