By all accounts, this year’s Hunahpu’s Day — that crazy annual beer geek festival that takes place every March in Tampa at Cigar City Brewing — was a success. For one upcoming South Florida brewery, it was a personal success as well.
3 Sons Brewing Co., a brewery in the making and one of our most anticipated breweries of the year, won two major People’s Choice awards at the festival this year: Best Brewery and Best Beer.
Brewer Corey Artanis was blown away.
“I was talking to some friends under a separate tent and I hear in the background, ‘Yay, Corey! You won!’” he tells us. “[I] turned around to see someone with the award they gave us for first place. I was shocked to say the least.”
That was for their People’s Choice award for Best Beer, which won based on Artanis' bringing a beer called Kopi Summation, a bourbon-barrel-aged imperial vanilla coffee stout. Kopi Luwak coffee, a varietal that is eaten and defecated by civets, was added to the beer.
“I made sure the coffee came from wild civets and sourced from a very reputable craft roaster in California called Mostra Coffee,” he says.
Winning two popular awards at a beer festival with breweries like the Alchemist, B. Nektar Meadery, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Modern Times Beer, Mikkeller, Saint Somewhere Brewing Co., and Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., to name a few of an enormous list of participants, is no easy task.
“I honestly felt like I won an Olympic gold medal," Artanis says. "It was one of the best feelings. There were so many great breweries and beers there, to be honored with those awards means so much. Knowing how much people really enjoy my beer is the best feeling in the world, and that's the reason I brew. I'm so honored. I'd like to to give a special thanks to Brewers Tasting Room for allowing me to brew there for this event.“
If you read our coverage last year, 3 Sons was indeed a popular brewery then, so it’s no surprise it has pushed the envelope and received such a rousing reception from the broad spectrum of the national beer community in attendance.
Artanis hopes to open his brewery in Dania Beach, keeping the growing South Florida beer scene abuzz with award-winning beer.
"South Florida is becoming such craft beer destination," Artanis opined. "Why in the hell would anybody not want to come here?"
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Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers, and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.