Just a few weeks ago we revealed here that Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse—that famed eatery and brew purveyor ensconced at The River in Rancho Mirage—had recently been crowned Brewery of the Year in the California State Fair Commercial Craft Beer Competition, beating out 299 other breweries that came flaunting more than 1200 beers.
And now comes the news that a particular Babe’s beer—its Belgian Vanilla Blonde Ale—took the Gold Medal in the Belgian Pale Ale category at one of America’s most illustrious craft beer competitions—the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship in Ohio—over the Fourth of July weekend. It was BVBA’s fourth win in just 12 months. Other tributes include a bronze medal last summer at the L.A. International Beer Competition; a silver medal last October at premiere event The Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado; and a ribbon at the 2015 California State Fair. Oh, and it must be said: Babe’s most recent prize for its BVBA is the first ever bestowed upon a desert brewery at the U.S. Open!
In Ohio, more than 20 international breweries from Australia, China, Czech Republic, Venezuela, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Scotland and England entered almost 4,000 beers and ciders representing 90 different styles into the competition. That judges from the U.S., Canada, and Britain awarded the gold to Babe’s Belgian Vanilla Blonde Ale is simply stunning—and so well-deserved. Babe’s COO and chef par excellence Arthur Vasquez—not to mention brewmaster Scot Grabbe and brewer’s assistant Erik Debellis—have reason to be proud, and to celebrate.
As for the rest of us? Whether or not we’ve been to Babe’s recently, we need to make a repeat visit to sample not only the triumphant Belgian Vanilla Blonde Ale but the five different Babe’s beers on tap, and two to three Brewer’s Reserve bottled beers, available daily. Oh, and let’s not forget that Babe’s serves up bad-ass bar-b-que to boot!