Up before the crack of dawn, the Cucumber Wrangler’s day starts with a lengthy stroll thru the rows and rows of knee high plants loaded with a cornucopia of the Central Valley. As the sun peeks up over the Sierra Nevada range, the true bounty begins to shimmer as rays of golden sunlight sparkle off the plump fruit hanging off the luscious cucumber plants. Today will be harvest day and the journey these green treasures will embark on is just about to begin. A mere 75 days ago the small seeds sprouted and began the process which brought them into their final form. Twelve long hot hours later, the harvest is complete for the day, and the freshly picked fruit resting in the traditional central valley wooden crates begin to make their way to the cool storage shed where they will spend the night.
The Great American Beer Festival is nigh upon us and we couldn’t be more excited! 3 days, 800 breweries and 3,800 beers plus of course the competition. For all of us beer crazies, it doesn’t get much better. We’ll be in booth O26 and since you’ll surely have to prioritize where you spend your GABF time, here are a couple reasons to stop by.
Mile High Club
Something new this year is our very own GABF Mile High Club. We’ll have a limited supply of these merit badges so make sure to get to the booth early and join the club..
At the 2016 West Coast Invitational Commercial Craft Beer Competition, Aphotic, our Imperial Porter took 3rd in the Mild, Porters and Stouts category. Cucumber Kolsch, a new summer release, took 2nd in the Specialty Beers category. And Stella Blue, a new offering in our CAlambic series, took 1st in the Wheat/Saison/Belgian/Sour category as well as 2nd in the overall Best of Show group!
The Commercial Craft Beer Competition is part of the larger West Coast Invitational beer festival. Limited to West Coast breweries, it is one of the last remaining fully sanctioned craft brewer competitions. This year, there were over 160 beers entered and judged for 10 distinct categories and the Best of Show award. Hosted at Sactown Union Brewery, the judging was done with a triple blind tasting process meaning the judges had no idea what brand of beer was being tasted in each category.
And at the 2016 Best of California Commercial Craft Brew Competition, which is part of the California State Fair, Campfire Stout took 1st in the Specialty Beers category and Stella Blue also took 1st in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer category!
In this competition, California craft brews are professionally judged in order to recognize the best commercially brewed beers in California.
All in all, a tremendous start to the summer and the whole crew at High Water is honored to be rewarded for producing beers that push the traditional style boundaries and focus on the unique flavors we love to create. Cheers!