congrats to all the winners. it was both fun and tense to sit across the lot at great lakes while the judging happened. there were some tasty beers flowing and fine music to distract us. still, the occasional tweets from the judging crew kept us on the edge of our seats as it came down to the wire. then a picture of the final 6 appeared, and the excitement built: among those 6 were both of our gold medal beers. finally, troy came over and invited us to the judging tables for them to announce the winners. the granite selection - not us, but I expected that. the beau's selection - not us, and again we expected that. the amsterdam selection - not us... but holy shit, one of our beers was getting something... the great lakes selection - not us. woah! one of our two was going to be best in show! and then the announcement - monk's elixir wins best in show!!! we're going to san diego! many handshakes and photos, and then we cracked a fresh bottle to share with our fellow brewers, judges, and anyone else around.
it's truly an honour for us to be chosen. hearty congratulations to everyone who participated.