The brewery won in the “Experimental” category for its All the Cookies, a 10% ABV bourbon barrel-aged oatmeal raisin cookie imperial brown ale.
“It was our first time entering the competition, and we totally didn’t expect to win anything,” said Meddlesome co-founder Ben Pugh.
“Winning a medal for this is awesome! It’s one of our favorite barrel-aged beers that we make, and it was nice to see that professional brewers and judges think the same.”
All the Cookies has its roots in Pugh’s early days as a brewer.
“The beer is something that I started making as a home brewer and continued to make once we opened Meddlesome. Grandma’s Cookies is the beer that started it, but this is the imperial barrel-aged version of it,” he said.
All the Cookies was aged in bourbon barrels from Old Dominick Distillery.
All the Cookies is only available once a year — and in very small quantities. Meddlesome only makes about 220 bottles of it. It’s not currently available, but the beer will make a return later this year.
The Best of Craft Beer Awards is held in Bend, Oregon, and is open to breweries here in the United States and abroad. The 2023 competition included 2,566 entries from 511 breweries in 62 states, provinces and countries.
There are 55 award categories, and 128 breweries from 34 states, provinces, and countries won medals.
Meddlesome was one of only two Tennessee breweries to win medals this year. Nashville’s New Heights Brewing won a silver medal for its Navel Gazer in the Imperial Stout category.