Hangtown Beer Works wins gold

By From page B5 | July 05, 2013


BREWMASTER at Old Hangtown Beer Works, Michael Frenn is winning gold and silver medals in international competitions. Courtesy photo

Old Hangtown Beer Works, the smallest licensed brewery in California and Placerville’s only nano-brewery, continues its trend of making award-winning beers, garnering gold and silver medals at recent competitions.

The brewery earned a gold medal in the India Pale Ale (IPA) category at the prestigious Los Angeles International Beer Competition for its North-South Road American IPA.

Also at the LA International Competition Old Hangtown Beer Works took silver for both the Connor’s Pride Irish Red Ale and the Mountain Meadow Honey Basil Pale Ale.

There were nearly 700 entries in the Los Angles competition representing breweries from around the world.

The Mineshaft Stout took silver at the West Coast Beer Competition held in June in Sacramento.

Old Hangtown Beer Works just celebrated its third anniversary and remains a true nano brewery, producing less than 50 barrels of beer per year, half barrel at a time. A barrel of beer is 31 gallons.

Owner and brewmaster Michael Frenn crafts all of the recipes for his brewery and is particularly pleased with the showing for the North-South Road IPA. American IPA is arguably the most popular beer style amongst craft beer enthusiasts and as a result competition in that category is fierce.

Old Hangtown Beer Works can be found on tap around the Placerville area at the Wine Smith, Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, Brick Oven Pub and the Cellar at Smith Flat. Plasse’s Resort at Silver Lake also carries Old Hangtown beers and OHBW will soon be providing beer for the Hoosegow next to Raley’s.

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