The Envelope, Please…

June 1, 2004
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The Envelope, Please…

Winners of the Brewing Industry International Beer Competitions were announced in London last month, with 69 gold, silver and bronze awards and eight Champion Beer trophies presented to brewers from around the world. Judged in England, the competitions are held every two years, and this year, the judging took place in both the competitions’ traditional home of Burton upon Trent and London. The winning beers were culled from a total 822 beers from a record 48 countries.
U.S. entries at the competitions increased by 22 percent over the previous event in 2002. Sierra Nevada, Chico, Calif., received a gold award in the International Keg Ales category for its Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, marking its first award during the competitions and the first time an American draft beer has won a medal. U.S. beers previously have been recognized for their small-pack entries. “To become a champion at these competitions is seen as the pinnacle of brewing achievement. To do this with a very first entry says a great deal about the beer's quality,” says the competitions’ Chairman of the Judges Roger Putman, of Sierra Nevada’s achievement.
Another U.S. brewer, Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore., took the champion beer trophy in the International Dark Milds, Stouts & Porters category with its Shakespeare Stout. This is the second win for the brand at the Brewing Industry International Beer Competitions, as it received a bronze award in 2002. Rogue Ales also took a gold award in the International Ales Competition — Bottles & Cans category for its American Amber Ale. The champion beer in that category went to Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery in Scotland.
New to this year’s awards was the addition of an organic ales category in the International Ale competition. Olympia, Wash.’s Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale and Fish Tale Amber Ale took the gold and silver awards, respectively.
In the Specialty Beers category, Boston Beer Co.’s Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock took the gold award, while the category’s 2002 champion, Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Beer Co., took the silver award. Wisconsin’s New Glarus took the bronze award in the specialty Fruit Beer category, with Raspberry Tart. Canadian beers won two awards at the competitions, both in the International Lager Competition — Bottles & Cans, where they competed against 175 worldwide entries.
Molson Ex Light won silver in the 2.2-4.4 percent ABV category, while Interbrew Canada’s Kokanee took silver in the 4.5-5.5 percent class. Interbrew also took the champion beer in the category, with its U.K. entry Castlemaine XXXX. Interbrew U.K. was the most successful single brewing group at the 2004 event, with a total of five medals.
Scottish Courage was the champion beer in the Draught Lager competition, while Moorhouses had the champion Cask Conditioned Ale. The champion specialty beer was Liefmans Frambozen, and the champion Strong Beer went to Poland’s Wojak Wszechmocne.
The Brewing Industry International Awards are judged on both beer quality and the commercial appeal of the entries. According to the competitions’ organizers, the winning beers are “superb examples of broad styles which can expect to enjoy great success in the marketplace. All beers are blind tasted, and the tiniest micro brewery can successfully compete alongside some of the world's biggest brands.”
The beers were evaluated by a panel of commercial brewers from 13 countries, and sponsors of the awards included TrenStar and Pall Food and Beverage. More information can be found at

Packaged Beers
International Lagers
Class 1 (2.2 - 4.4% ABV)
GOLD Interbrew UK Ltd. Castlemaine XXXX
SILVER Molson Canada Molson Ex Light
BRONZE Scottish Courage Ltd. Foster's Lager
Class 2 (4.5 - 5.5% ABV)
GOLD Oy Sinebrychoff Ab Karhu III
SILVER Interbrew North America Kokanee
BRONZE Oy Sinebrychoff Ab Koff IV
Class 3 (5.6 - 6.9% ABV)
GOLD Browar Belgia Sp. z o.o. Frater
SILVER Kompania Piwowarska S.A. Tyskie Gronie
BRONZE Kompania Piwowarska S.A. Debowe Mocne
CHAMPION Interbrew UK Ltd. Castlemaine XXXX
International Ales
Class 1 (2.5 - 4.3% ABV)
GOLD Harviestoun Brewery Bitter and Twisted
SILVER Orkney Brewery Ltd. Northern Light
BRONZE Timothy Taylor & Co. Ltd. Landlord
Class 2 (4.4 - 5.1% ABV)
GOLD O'Hanlon's Brewing Co. Ltd. Royal Oak
SILVER Young & Co.'s Brewery plc Youngs Special
BRONZE Coniston Brewing Co Ltd. Coniston Old Man
Class 3 (5.2 - 6.9% ABV)
GOLD Rogue Ales Rogue Ales
    Amber Ale
SILVER BridgePort Brewing Co. BridgePort India
    Pale Ale
BRONZE Charles Wells Ltd Bombardier English
Class 4 (Organic)
GOLD Fish Brewing Co. Fish Tale Organic
    India Pale Ale
SILVER Fish Brewing Co. Fish Tale Organic
    Amber Ale
BRONZE Fuller Smith & Turner plc Organic Honeydew
CHAMPION Harviestoun Brewery Bitter and Twisted
Draught and Packaged Beers (competing together)
International Specialty Beers
Class 1 (up to 11.5% ABV)
GOLD Radomyshl Beer & Pshenychne Etalon
  Beverages Plant Wheat Beer
SILVER G. Schneider & Sohn Schneider Weisse
BRONZE Baltika Brewery Baltika No8 Wheat
Class 2 (Fruit Beer up to 11.5% ABV)
GOLD Liefmans Breweries Liefmans Frambozen
SILVER New Glarus Brewing Co. Raspberry Tart
BRONZE Liefmans Breweries Liefmans Kriek
Class 3 (Other Ingredients up to 11.5% ABV)
GOLD Boston Beer Co. Samuel Adams
    Chocolate Bock
SILVER Alaskan Brewing Co. Alaskan Smoked
BRONZE Young & Co.'s Youngs Double
  Brewery plc Chocolate Stout
CHAMPION Liefmans Breweries Liefmans
International Strong Beers
Class 1 (7% ABV and above)
GOLD Browar Belgia Sp. z o.o. Wojak Wszechmocne
    Strong Lager
SILVER AB Kalnapilio-Tauro Grupe Kalnapilis 7.30
BRONZE Interbrew (UK) Ltd. Tennent's Super
Class 2 (7% ABV and above)
GOLD Wolverhampton & Banks's Barley Gold
  Dudley Breweries Strong Ale
SILVER Brouwerij Bosteels DeuS Brut des
BRONZE Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet
Class 3 (7% ABV and above)
GOLD The South Australian Southwark Old Stout
  Brewing Co. Pty. Strong Dark Beer
SILVER Dreher Breweries Ltd. Dreher Bak
BRONZE Harvey & Son Harvey’s Imperial
  (Lewes) Ltd. Extra Double Stout
CHAMPION Browar Belgia Sp. z o.o. Wojak
International Dark Milds, Stouts and Porters
Class 1 (2.5 - 4.1% ABV)
GOLD Arundel Brewery Ltd. Sussex Mild
    Cask & Keg
SILVER Interbrew UK Ltd. Murphy's Irish
BRONZE Timothy Taylor Timothy Taylor
  & Co. Ltd. Dark Mild
Class 2 (4.2 - 6.9% ABV)
GOLD Eastwood and Sanders 1872 Porter
  (Fine Ales) Ltd. Cask & Keg
SILVER Porterhouse Brewing Co. Porterhouse Oyster
BRONZE Young & Co.'s Young’s Winter
  Brewery plc Warmer
Class 3 (2.5 - 6.9% ABV)
GOLD Rogue Ales Rogue Ales
    Shakespeare Stout
SILVER The Black Sheep Riggwelter Strong
  Brewery plc Ale
BRONZE Hop Back Brewery Entire Stout
CHAMPION Rogue Ales Rogue Ales
    Shakespeare Stout
    Draught Beers
International Draught Lager
Class 1 (2.2 - 4.5% ABV)
GOLD Oy Sinebrychoff Ab Koff III
SILVER Scottish Courage Ltd. Foster's Lager
BRONZE Interbrew UK Ltd. Tennent's Lager
Class 2 (4.6 - 6.9% ABV)
GOLD Scottish Courage Ltd. Kronenbourg 1664
SILVER Scottish Courage Ltd. Kronenbourg 1664
BRONZE Coors Brewers Ltd. Grolsch
CHAMPION Scottish Courage Ltd. Kronenbourg 1664
International Keg Ales
Class 1 (2.5 - 3.8% ABV)
GOLD Interbrew UK Ltd. Tennent's Velvet Ale
SILVER St Austell Brewery Co. Ltd. Duchy Bitter
BRONZE Charles Wells Ltd. Eagle Smooth
Class 2 (3.6 - 6.9% ABV)
GOLD Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Sierra Nevada
    Pale Ale
SILVER Everards Brewery Ltd. Tiger Smooth
BRONZE Charles Wells Ltd. Bombardier Bitter
CHAMPION Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Sierra Nevada
    Pale Ale
International Cask Conditioned Ales
Class 1 (2.5 - 3.8% ABV)
GOLD Moorhouses Brewery Ltd. Moorhouses
    Premier Bitter
SILVER Shepherd Neame Ltd. Masterbrew
BRONZE Black Sheep Brewery plc Black Sheep
    Best Bitter
Class 2 (3.9 - 4.5% ABV)
GOLD Moorhouses Brewery Ltd. Pride of Pendle
SILVER Camerons Brewery Ltd. Banner Bitter
BRONZE Bazens' Brewery Flatbac
Class 3 (4.6 - 6.9% ABV)
GOLD Everards Brewery Ltd. Original
SILVER Oakham Ales Bishops Farewell
BRONZE Oak Brewing Co. Ltd. Wobbly Bob
CHAMPION Moorhouses Brewery Ltd. Pride of Pendle

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