The beer world just had a taste of Temecula by way of Black Market Brewing Co. and it is thirsty for more. A Gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival is one of the most difficult to garner in the U.S. brewing world and yet a small brewing company in Temecula managed to do just that. Brewmaster Andrew Marshall entered his Rye IPA in the contest, which was held on September 18 at the Colorado Convention Center, and walked away with a Gold medal. To put it in perspective, the competition winners were selected by an international panel of 151 brewing experts from a grand total of 3,523 entries. And it won the GOLD! This is no small feat in the brewing world as the GABF is considered the most prestigious beer competition of its kind.
Temecula has long since been on the map for great wines, but if Black Market keeps this up, we may become known for our amazing microbrews as well. This is not the first award that the fledgling company has achieved in its short history. In fact, it has won a Silver medal or better in every competition it has entered. The Rye IPA is well deserving of accolades: brewed in the west coast style but using rye malt to impart an extra dryness and spiciness, it stands out in the crowd as a crisp, refreshing beer.
Another award winner, three times over to be precise: the BMB Hefeweizen, which is brewed in the traditional Bavarian style with amazing results. Flavors of banana and clove make this wheat ale special. Dunkelweizen is brewed year round as well and happily so, as the darker cousin of the Hefeweizen offers up flavors of banana and clove with the added bonus of carmel and toasted marshmallow. Released in April of 2010, it promptly won a Gold medal at the California State Fair.
My personal favorite in the bunch, the BMB Brown Ale, is an Anglo-American-style brown ale. Featuring nutty flavors and depth of flavor, it garnered two Silver medals in 2010: the first at the Sand Diego International Beer Festival and the second at the California State Fair.
A real estate entrepreneur from the age of 17, Andrew decided to follow his passion in 2007. After considering (and quickly discarding) the idea of opening a restaurant in Temecula, he trained at the oldest brewing school in the US, the Siebel Institute in Chicago, and at the second oldest brewing school in Germany, Doemans Academy. His education and dedication to his craft are apparent in every sip. He chooses only the finest hops, barley, yeast and water to brew his beer because quality is of the utmost importance. His adventurous spirit and creative palate have produced some of the best beers available in the US.
For the past couple of years, Black Market Brewing has focused on supplying incredible beer to over 35 restaurants and venues throughout Riverside and San Diego County and you can click here for a complete list of locations. With that said, after meeting with the Planning Commission earlier this month, Black Market has the green light to open a tasting room on site. A soft opening is scheduled for the end of October, and I predict the Temecula Valley will be lining up around the block to taste Andrew’s beer by the flight, pint, growler and keg. For a sneak preview of things to come, please join us for the Taste of Temecula Happy Hour at 5pm Thursday, September 30. As a special for Taste of Temecula fans, Black Market Brewing Company will be offering a complimentary bratwurst and gourmet chips, a souvenir pint glass and award-winning beer at just $4/pint.
Black Market Brewing Company
41740 Enterprise Circle N, #109, Temecula