Local brews earn awards at World Beer Championship

Southport Brewing Co. (SBC), owned by Trumbull resident and state Rep. Dave Rutigliano, has earned three medals from the World Beer Championship.

SBC is Connecticut’s oldest family-owned brewery and has locations in Stamford, Southport, Milford and Branford.

SBC's “Mambo Bach” received a gold medal from the Beverage Tasting Institute, the company that operates the World Beer Championship. The Beverage Tasting Institute noted that the award winning beer had a “Nice vibrancy and flavor and balance that will be great with any food.”

SBC's “Connecticut Pale Ale”, the company's first bottled beer, received a bronze medal. The award winning beer was described as having “Aromas of toasted nuts, tahini, and edamame with a supple, dry medium body and a tangy, very grain driven finish with leafy greens like hops and earth in support.”

Mark Dasilva, head brewer of SBC, said how proud he was of winning this prestigious award, especially for the Connecticut Pale Ale.

“I could not be prouder than to have the company’s first bottled beer, brewed right here in Connecticut, and available throughout the state, come away with a medal,” Dasilva said. “It is a true honor for SBC to be recognized by the Beverage Tasting Institute.”

Rutigliano, who is a partner in the restaurant group and also culinary director, serves on Trumbull’s Board of Finance and represents Trumbull’s 123rd district in Hartford.