Congratulations are in order for brewer Casey Hughes and the rest of the crew at New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewing Company. The Washington Post today reports that it has crowned the brewery’s Exit 4 the champion in its Beer Madness 2011 blind-tasting. The complexity of flavors in the “American Trippel,” a hoppy variation of the Belgian strong ale that was originally popularized by the Trappist monastery at Westmalle, was no match for Lagunitas Maximus, the “doublish” IPA from California’s Lagunita’s Brewing Company. The judges picked Exit 4 in a 6-3 vote. Exit 4 was the first beer Flying Fish rolled out as part of its limited edition, big bottle Exit series in 2009. Due to its popularity, the brewery added it to its portfolio of beers, packaging it in 12 oz. bottles. You can congratulate Hughes and the Flying Fish team yourself Wednesday night at The Corner, where they’re teaming up with John “Chainsaw” Taus for a collaborative dinner.
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