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Mike Schilling, Dallas Schilling, and Bill Rauth accept the "Best of Show" award for their 70 SchillingBridge Scottish Ale at the 8th annual Winterfest Ales & Auction Festival wins "Best of Show Award

SchillingBridge Winery & Microbrewery’s 70 SchillingBridge Scottish Ale wins “Best of Show” Award

Taking home the coveted “Best of Show” trophy for the people’s favorite beer at the 8th annual Winterfest Ales & Auction Festival held January 16, 2009 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska was SchillingBridge Winery & Microbrewery’s 70 SchillingBridge Scottish Ale. The event, hosted by the Advertising Federation of Lincoln to benefit their scholarship program and Junior Achievement, had a record crowd of over 700 guests.

This year the competition proved steep with guests choosing from over 50 types of beers from local brewers and distributors: Spilker Ales from Cortland, Thunderhead Brewery of Kearney, Gottberg Brew Pub from Columbus, Johnson Brothers/Finocchiaro from Omaha, K&Z Distributing of Lincoln, Double Eagle of Lincoln, Empyrean Ales of Lincoln, Modern Monks, Misty’s of Lincoln, Granite City of Lincoln, and Upstream Brewery of Omaha.

Designed by brewer Mike Schilling to please even the most discerning of tastes, the award-winning 70 SchillingBridge Scottish Ale is a medium-bodied richly-colored ale that rouses the palette with a light caramel-like sweetness and finishes with a smooth maltiness leaving you with the desire for more!


Governor Dave Heineman presents Mike and Sharon Schilling
with the SCORE 2007 Small Business of the Year Award.

We are so honored to have received this prestigious award! A huge thank you goes to Paul Mussack of SCORE for his advice early on and his belief in our vision of capturing the promise of economic revitalization through agri-tourism by bridging the gap between the wine connoisseur and the beer enthusiast. Our ongoing goal is to enable visitors to experience our vision, to create hand-crafted wines and microbrews that will substantiate the vision, and to educate new generations of wine and beer enthusiasts who will put our vision into practice.

We also thank the 25,000+ visitors who have shared in our vision and promise that we will continue to discover and apply great wine-making and beer-brewing principles and techniques to our SchillingBridge line of products.

It goes to show that even in a small community like Pawnee City, if you have the kind of determination and commitment the Schillings have, you can succeed as entrepreneurs.

— Governor Dave Hineman

In SchillingBridge, you are recognizing an excellent example of agricultural entrepreneurship.

— Congressman Jeff Fortenberry



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