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Two La Salle County brews win gold medals

Louis Rizzo, head brewer at Tangled Roots Brewing Company in Ottawa, brews a batch of Octoberfest beer last year. The brewery recently earned two gold medals at the Illinois Beer Festival.
Louis Rizzo, head brewer at Tangled Roots Brewing Company in Ottawa, brews a batch of Octoberfest beer last year. The brewery recently earned two gold medals at the Illinois Beer Festival.

OTTAWA — Illinois Beer Festival judges blind-tasted hundreds of beers from craft breweries across Illinois, awarding two gold medal to Tangled Roots Brewing Co., the company announced this morning.

Winning entries included the Vermilion River Weiss, which has been a staple at the brewpub since opening in 2016, and the Intercontinental Pilsner, which debuted in 2019.

The Intercontinental Pilsner is brewed with malted barley grown in Ottawa and hops from Germany, blending local flavors with those of the European continent.

“It’s very exciting to win a medal for a beer like this,” said Mike Billy, brewery operations manager. “Not only is it a great German-style pilsner, but it also shows the quality and uniqueness that we can create using ingredients grown right here in Starved Rock Country.”

The beer has a mild but present hop bitterness with hints of citrus and melon blended with a refreshing bread-like character from the Ottawa-grown malts.

Vermilion River Weiss won gold in the Weissbier category. This light-bodied traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen has a hazy straw color with flavors and aromas of banana and hints of clove.

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