Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling sent its newly released San Antonio Lager to the World Beer Championships in Chicago this January with little more than a pat on its pretty turquoise bottom, and the hope that it would represent the city well. A few months later, and the lager has returned home from its tour with the title of 2017 Best Munich Helle.
"It's a very exciting award for us," said co-founder and head of operations TJ Miller in a press release. "I hope everyone in San Antonio feels proud because we brewed this beer for you."
Judges gave it 93 points on a 100-point scale and deployed such colorful descriptions as "fruity, floral aromas," "orange blossom honeycomb," "toasted tortilla with a supple medium body," and "intriguing, long lemon pepper muffin finish." It's no wonder that San Antonio Lager toasted industry giants such as Sam Adams.
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