South Floridian Wins National Duvel Pouring Competition
"As a beer geek familiar with the history of the Duvel pour, this competition was a great experience," he said. "After making it through the local rounds, I actually tweaked my technique quite a bit. Now I hold [the glass] in front of my face, and pour harder and quicker. It was hard to get enough head out of the beer on earlier rounds because the beer was too cold, but it was perfect for the final round.
"This whole experience was a lot of fun. Duvel is awesome."
Mike Meredith The national competitors posing with the judges.
As we mentioned before, some of the top brass at Duvel were in attendance, signifying that this is an important event for the company. We sat down with Simon Thorpe, CEO and President of Duvel Moortgart USA, to find out a little bit more about what place Duvel has in South Florida.
"This is the first pouring event like this, and we're looking to continue it," he told us. "To hold the premiere in Miami was just the right setting... [South Florida] has been one of our best markets in the past five years."
Thorpe said that he considers Duvel to be the quintessential luxury beer, and perfect for our early evening gorgeous sunsets.
"It's for people who appreciate a good beer, who go looking for the best."
Thorpe emphasized and mirrored Torres' excitement about the trip to Belgium: that this trip will be a life changing experience. "I've talked to people who have gone and toured, and they still remember everything about it years later. They have a craft culture and ethos like the American craft industry."
Speaking about their recent acquisition of Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing in October of 2013, Thorpe was optimistic and excited to add them to the family, saying that they look towards the future, "not just in the next 5 years, but for 10, 20, 40 years down the road."
"Duvel is more worried about quality over volume. The brewery is family owned and in its fourth generation... we're all in it for the long haul."
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers, and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.