Mudshark Brewery of Lake Havasu City wins 2nd Place at Flagstaff’s BrewHaha

Published by The Bee News

January 24, 2023

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FLAGSTAFF, JANUARY 21, 2023 | BrewHaHa featured over 50 local, regional, and western breweries and over 100 different craft beers. Mudshark Brewery had a few of their brews available for the competition and were excited to place 2nd in the People’s Choice category for their new brew called S’mores. Here’s the flavor profile for this barrel aged stout:

Aroma) Rich and complex, with variable amounts of roasted grains, maltiness, chocolate, hops, marshmallow/vanilla and alcohol.
Appearance) This beer is jet black, opaque with a deep tan head.
Flavor) Medium-high bitterness, hidden by the high abv, resulting in a balanced beer.High roasted malt suggest bittersweet or unsweetened chocolate, cocoa, and strong coffee.
Mouth Feel) Full bodied and oaky, with a velvety, luscious texture and a gentle smooth warmth from alcohol is noticeable.
Overall impression) Mudshark’s S’mores Barrel aged Stout is an intensely flavored, big, dark winter ale that is a rare and refreshing glimpse of the great flavors of chocolate, marshmallow, cinnamon graham cracker that melds well with the roast, burnt sensations of this big Imperial Stout.

Check out more of Mudshark’s Brews here:

This event is presented in partnership with Flagstaff Ski Club which will receive a percentage of proceeds. This one-of-a-kind event that celebrates local flavor, great views from the High Country Conference Center, and most of all enjoying the best beers in the world!

About Mudshark Brewery

Welcome to Mudshark Brewing Company, Brewery, & Public House in Lake Havasu CIty, AZ. Mudshark Brewing Company, which opened in September of 1998.  The brew pub is named after a popular locals’ beach of the same name. The beach got its unofficial name in the ’70s from the locals who hung out there and dubbed it Mudshark after a Frank Zappa tune that was hitting the airwaves at the time.

Like most brew masters, Mudshark Brewing Company’s previous brew master Ron Chieffo started out as a home brewer. Chieffo, a resident of Lake Havasu City for over 20 years, has a degree in forestry but was working as an information systems manager (managing computers) for the city of Needles when Scott Stocking, his mountain biking and homebrewing buddy, lured him away to work as an apprentice brewer at his new brew pub. Chieffo received on-the-job training as he apprenticed for six months with Mudshark’s original brew master, Wayne Wannanan, before stepping into his brew master boots. The frosting on the cake of his training came from Roberto Santos from Brewski’s/Bohemian Breweries, who walked him through Brewing techniques on the 15-bbl. Bohemian Brewing system.

The Brewery names of the beers reflect aspects of life on the Colorado River, including landmarks on the river. Mudshark’s six standard beers are the Upriver Lager, Pilot Rock Pilsner, Dry Heat Hefe, Underground Pale Ale, Scorpion Red Ale and Full Moon Belgian Wit. Now adding to the vast selection you’ll find “Havablue” a blueberry brew, “Wild Watermelon” the name says it all, “Moon Light” Full Moons lighter softer take, and “M-Shake”- a Strawberry Milk Shake inspired IPA. But that’s not all, with over a dozen brews to choose from, Mudshark Brewery has something for everyone.

(Main image: Mark, Brewer at Mudshark Brewery holding the plaque award)

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