Texas priest wins prestigious homebrewing award

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

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The pastor of a Fort Worth, Texas, parish won a Ninkasi Award June 17 at the annual National Homebrew Competition during Homebrew Con, held this year at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Father Jeff Poirot and his brewing partner, Nicholas McCoy, accumulated the most wins in the competition’s final round for their beers, garnering first place awards in the categories for specialty IPA and strong Belgian and Trappist ale.

In an interview with  the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Father Poirot said he has a special affection for the Trappist brewing tradition, and he and McCoy have traveled together to Trappist breweries in Europe. “After we were done screaming from excitement when we won, it was hard to put it into words what winning the Ninkasi means to us,” he told the paper.

According to organizers, this year’s homebrew competition included more than 8,600 entries from brewers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 13 other countries. This is the duo’s third year entering the competition.

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