Sorry for the delay on this one. Here's the official press release for the People's Choice Awards at this year's Spring Beer and Wine Fest:

Bitter Bitch Makes It A Double (IPA) In Spring Beer & Wine Fest
People's Choice Awards

PORTLAND, OR -- For the second straight year, Astoria Brewing Co.'s Bitter Bitch Double IPA has grabbed the People's Choice Award at the Spring Beer & Wine Fest.

Despite the brew's bitter name, the win is an especially sweet one for owner Steve Allen, who lost his brewer right before the Spring Beer & Wine Fest. Allen was considering having to miss the fest this year after he learned that they didn't have enough of the award-winning beer for the festival. But in true "beer community" spirit, a Portland-based brewer from another brewpub, Vasilios Gletsos, stepped in and brewed up a batch of "the bitch" just in time for the fest!

The competition was a tight one this year, with many beers garnering numerous votes. Bitter Bitch only beat the second-place winner, Hopworks Urban Brewery's Survival Stout, by three votes!

The People's Choice Award is the result of ballots fest-goers submit as they are sampling among the more than 80 beers at the Spring Beer & Wine Fest.

The 15th Annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest is slated for April 10 & 11, 2009 at the Oregon Convention Center -- always Easter weekend.