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Top of the pile: judges name the best beers of the world at major ceremony in London

Added: Thursday, April 25th 2013

 

International Brewing Awards name Championship winners

Nine beers and one cider were today named as overall Champions of The International Brewing Awards 2013, at a presentation in London’s Guildhall that marked the end of this year’s competition.

More than 400 people attended the celebration, among them many of the brewers and cider makers from all over the world who had entered the bi-annual competition.  Chair of judges Bill Taylor presented not only the trophies to the Championship winners, but also Bronze, Silver and Gold medals to 96 winners across the 10 beer and cider categories. 

Taylor said, “The International Brewing Awards are about recognising excellence in brewing and cider making and it gives us great pleasure to present this year’s Champions with their trophy.

“Close to 1,000 beers and ciders were sent into the competition in Burton-upon-Trent earlier this year, so to be selected as one of just 10 Champions is a great accolade and one that today’s winners will surely be able to use to advantage in raising the profile of their beers and ciders.” 

The list of medal winners reflected the international reach of the competition, with recognition for brewers and cider makers from 25 countries, including South Korea, Greece, Cambodia and Lithuania alongside more established brewing nations such as the USA, UK and Belgium. 

Equally diverse was the range of styles represented by the beers taking honours today, thanks to the broad structure of the competition, which encourages brewers to innovate and interpret styles in their own way.  

Ruth Evans, director of competition organisers Brewing Technology Services, said, “We are delighted with the response to The International Brewing Awards 2013.  The competition attracted more entries than in 2011, from 50 countries and from a broad spectrum of producers from regional micro-brewers to multi-national companies. This diversity is important to our Awards and key to their appeal to the international brewing community.”

She added, “We evolved the Awards this year, by reintroducing a cider category. We will be building on this, as well as reviewing our existing beer categories, for the 2015 Awards.”

The International Brewing Awards 2015 will be held in Burton-upon-Trent in February 2015. Entries will open on 1st August 2014. 

The International Brewing Awards Champions 2013

Champion Smallpack Lager

Bryggmästarens Premium Gold

AB Åbro Bryggeri, Sweden

 
Champion Smallpack Ale

Mirror Pond Pale Ale

 Deschutes Brewery, USA

 
Champion Keg Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, USA

 

Champion Keg Lager

Hells Lager

Camden Town Brewery, UK

 

Champion Non and Low Alcohol Beer

Northern Light

Daniel Thwaites, UK

 

Champion Dark Beer

Obsidian Stout

Deschutes Brewery, USA

 

Champion Strong Beer

Narwhal Imperial Stout

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, USA

 
Champion Speciality Beer

Samuel Adams Black & Brew

The Boston Beer Company, USA

 

Champion Cask Ale

Green Devil IPA

Oakham Ales, UK

 

Champion Cider

 Thatchers Vintage Cider

Thatchers Cider Ltd, UK

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Back row (l-r): Ian Bearpark, Daniel Thwaites; John Bryan, Oakham Ales; Kristopher Scholl, Deschutes Brewery; David Grinnell, Boston Beer Company and Lennarth Anemyr, AB Åbro Bryggeri.   Front row (l-r): Martin Thatcher, Thatchers; Brian Faivre, Deschutes Brewery; Alex Tronosco, Camden Town Brewery; Bill Taylor, chair of judges and Steve Grossman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company