Judges at the National Brewery Centre, with chair of judges Bill Taylor centre
Ninety-six medals have been presented to brewers and cider makers in The International Brewing Awards 2013 today, following a three-day judging session at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent.
This year’s competition attracted almost 1,000 entries — a significant increase on 2011 when the bi-annual event was last held. Beers and ciders were submitted from more than 45 countries by a broad spectrum of producers from regional microbrewers to multi-national companies.
Presenting medals to the award-winners, chair of judges Bill Taylor said: “We are delighted with this year’s awards. The number and diversity of entries demonstrate the support for the competition from all parts of the global brewing community, as does the willingness of the 40 expert brewers and cider makers to give up their time to judge.
“This competition, judged by professional brewers, dates back over 120 years. In 2011 we brought the awards back to the UK and were overwhelmed by the industry’s response. This year, we have built on that success and consolidated our position as the competition that best represents the very best beers from the entire global brewing industry.”
Bill, chief brewer at Australian food anddrink business Lion Co, added: “This year, we reintroduced two cider categories, after an absence of many decades. Given that this was effectively new ground for us, we’re pleased with the response and will be looking to develop this in the 2015 awards.”
The medal winners were announced in front of an audience of more than 100 competitors, judges and industry and local guests. Bronze, silver and gold medals were awarded, while the 11 overall championship winners — nine beers and two ciders — will be unveiled at an awards luncheon at the London Guildhall on April 24.
The next International Brewing Awards will be held in Burton-upon-Trent in February 2015. Entries will open on August 1, 2014.
International smallpack lager: gold, Triple Hop PIlsner, Lion Co, New Zealand; silver, Crafy Beggars — Good as Gold, Lion Co, New Zealand; bronze, Fresca, Carlsberg UK, Sanmiguel, Spain.
Lager 4.5-4.9%: gold, Max, Hitejinro Group, South Korea; silver, Tiger, Asia Pacific Breweries, Singapore; bronze, Kambodia Beer, Khmer Brewery, Cambodia.
Lager 5-5.4%: gold, Livu Sencu, Cido Grupa SIA, Latvia; silver, Gambrinus Premium, Plzensky Prazdroj a.s, Czech Republic; bronze, Asahi Super Dry, Shepherd Neame Ltd – Asahi Breweries, UK.
Lager, 5.5-6.9%: gold, Bryggmastanns Primium hold, AB Abro Bryggeri, Sweden; silver, Safari Lager, Tanzania Breweries, Tanzania; bronze, Tyskie Gronie, Kompania Piwowarska, Poland.
International smallpack ale, 2.9-4.4%: gold, Big Wave Golden Ale, Craft Brewers Alliance – Kona Brewing Company, Hawaii, UK; silver, Inferno, Oakham Ales, UK; bronze, Landlord, Timothy Taylor, UK.
Ale, 4.5-4.9%: gold, Macs Sassy Red, Lion, New Zealand; silver, Samuel Adams Cream Stout, The Boston Beer Company, USA; bronze, Ghost Ship, Adnams, UK.
Ale, 5-5.4%: gold, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Deschutes Brewery, USA; silver, Bengal Lancer, Fuller’s, UK; bronze; Karuizawa Kogen Beer – National Trust, Yo-Ho Brewing Corp, Japan.
Ale, 5.5-6.9%: gold, Inversion IPA, Deschutes Brewery, USA; silver, IPA, BridgePort Brewing Company, USA; bronze, Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada, Vertical Drinks , USA.
International keg ale, 2.9-4.4%: gold, Saltaire Gold, Saltaire, UK; silver, Marston’s Oyster Stout, Marston’s, UK; Black, Joseph Holt, UK.
Keg ale, 4.5-6.9%: gold, Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada, Vertical Drinks, USA.
International keg lager, 2.9-4.7%: gold, Hells Lager, Canden Town Brewery, UK; silver, Curious Brew, Curious Drinks, UK: bronze, Crystal Lager, Joseph Holt, UK.
Keg lager, 4.8-6.9%: gold, Diamond Lager, Joseph Holt, UK; silver, Breda Royal Lager, W Randall Ltd, Guernsey; bronze, Schiehallion, Harviestoun, UK.
International non- and low-alcohol beer, up to 1.1%: gold, Stockholm Fine Festival Beer 0,3, Kroeleins Bryggeri AB, Sweden; silver, Ursus Fara Alcool, Ursus Breweries, Romania; bronze, TAP3 Mein Alkoholfreies, Schneider Weisse.
Low-alcohol beer, 1.1-2.8%: gold, Northern Light, Thwaites, UK; silver, Manns Brown Ale, Marston’s, UK; bronze, Koff 1, Sinebrychoff, Finland.
Dark beer, 2.9-3.7%: gold, Black Dog, Elgood and Sons, UK; silver, Light Munro, The Highland Brewing Company, UK.
Dark beer, 3.8-4.7%: gold, Brown Ale, Nogne O Det Kompromisslose Bryggeri A/S, Norway; silver, Tavern Porter, Thwaites, UK; bronze, Entire Stout, Hop Back, UK.
Dark beer, 4.8-5.7%: gold, Samuel Adams Cream Stout, The Boston Beer Company, USA; silver, Black Butte Porter, Deschutes Brewery, USA; bronze, Minoh Beer Stout, A.J.I Beer Inc (Minoh Beer), Japan.
Dark beer, 5.8-6.9%: gold, Obsidian Stout, Deschutes Brewery, USA; silver, Ebenezer, BridgePort Brewing Company, USA; bronze, Lord Lieutenant’s Porter, Chiltern Brewery, UK.
Strong lager: gold, Kalnapilis 7:30, Kalnapilio-Tauro Grupe UAB, Lithuania; silver, Tennent’s Extra, Tennent Caledonian, UK.
Strong ale: gold, Spiced Red, Sharp’s Brewery, UK; silver, Samuel Adams Third Voyage, The Boston Beer Company, USA; bronze, Quadruple Ale, Sharp’s Brewery, UK.
Strong dark beer: gold, Narwhal Imperial Stout, Sierra Nevada, Vertical Drinks, USA; silver, Straffe Hendrik quadruple, Brouwerij De Halve Maan; bronze, Liberation 140, Liberation Brewery, Jersey.
Speciality beer: gold, Samuel Adams Cinder Bock, The Boston Beer Company, USA; silver, Smugglers Grand Cru, St Austell Brewery, UK; bronze, Samuel Adams Utopias, 2012, The Boston Beer Company, USA.
Speciality wheat beer: gold, Samuel Adams White Lantern, The Boston Beer Company, USA; silver, Verginz-Weiss Beer, Macedonia Thrace Brewery, Greece; bronze, Baltika No 8 Wheat, Baltika Breweries, Russia.
Speciality fruit and vegetable beer, gold: Mort Subite Oude Kriek, Alken Maes, Belgium; silver, Mort Subite Original Kriek, Alken Maes, Belgium; bronze, Harvestmoon Yuzu Ale, Ikspiari Company Ltd, Japan.
Organic beer: gold, Original Gold, Evan Evans, UK.
Speciality, other special feature: gold, Samuel Adams Black,Brew, The Boston Beer Company, USA; silver, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Palm Breweries NV, Belgium; bronze, Smoked Porter (alder smoked malt), Alaskan Brewing Company, USA.
Soecial hop beer: gold, Adams Latitude 48, The Boston Beer Company, USA; Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL, The Boston Beer Company, USA; bronze, NorthWest Pale Ale – Red Chair NWPA, Deschutes Brewery, USA.
Cask ale, 2.9-3.8%: gold, Cornish Coaster, Sharp’s Brewery, UK; silver, Tetley’s, Carlsberg, UK; bronze, Black Cat, Moorhouse’s Brewery, UK.
Cask ale, 3.9-4.3%: gold, Liberation Ale, Liberation Brewery, Jersey; silver, Island Hopping, Highland Brewing Co, UK; bronze, Natural Blonde, Harviestoun Brewery, UK.
Cask ale, 4.4-4.8%: gold, Pale Ale, Highland Brewing Co, UK; silver, Three Swords, Kirkstall Brewery Co Ltd — Vertical Drinks, UK; Nelson’s Revenge, Woodforde’s, UK.
Cask Ale, 4.9-6.9%: gold, Green Devil IPA, Okaham Ales, UK; silver, Sharp’s Special, Sharp’s Brewery, UK; bronze, Dissolution IPA, Kirkstall Brewery, Vertical Drinks, UK.
Cider up to 4.9%: gold, Carling British Cider, Molson Coors Brewing Company, UK; silver, Gold — In Bottle, Thatchers Cider, UK; bronze, Gold — In Keg, Thatchers Cider, UK.
Cider, 5% and above: gold, Vintage, Thatchers Cider UK; silver, Traditional Dry Cider, MacIvors Cider Company, Northern Ireland; bronze, Bulmers Vintage Reserve, Heineken, UK.
Cider with other fruits, juices or flavours up to 4.9%: gold, Merrydown and Black, SHS Group Drinks, UK; silver, Rekordirlig Cider Strawberry — Lime, AB Abro Bryggeri; bronze, Bulmers No 17 Fruit Cider, Heineken, UK.
Cider with other fruits, juices or flavours 5.0% and above: gold, Old Mout Cider— Passionfruit and Cider, Redwood Cider Company, New Zealand
Neil Bain (left) and Bruce Ash, of Woodforde’s Brewery, who won a bronze medal for Nelson’s Revenge
This blog post is not by Wobbly Wallet but originally appeared on Beer Today: http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=12440