Top Brewers Named At Drinktec

Drinktec hosted the Brewing Industry International Awards this year, making it the first time the awards were judged outside the United Kingdom in their 119-year history. Organizers said the change of venue increased exposure to the thousands of show visitors, and that the logistical challenges of the technical installation and judging were a success. Thirty commercial brewers from 17 countries served as competition judges, evaluating 752 beers from 43 countries over three days.
U.S. brewers went home with two of the nine Champion Beer trophies, and nine awards in total, including four awards in three separate categories for Rogue Ales.
In 2004, Sierra Nevada became the first American brewer ever to win a medal in a draft beer category with its Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and the company defended its title in Munich by once again taking the gold medal and the Champion Beer title in the keg ales category. It also went home with a silver award in the bottled ale competition.
Boston Beer Co.’s Samuel Adams Cream Stout took a gold medal in the dark milds, stouts and porters category as well as being named Champion Beer. It is the first Champion Beer for the company at these competitions.
Rogue Ales was the most successful American brewery, with a gold, two silvers and a bronze medal, representing achievement over a range of categories including specialty beers, strong lager and packaged ale.
All judges for the event are practicing brewers and were called upon to evaluate beers based their commercial appeal. The competition’s organizers say the next awards will return to the United Kingdom in fall 2007.
Brewing Industry International Award Winners
Champion Tyskie GronieKompania Piwowarska, Poland
Class 1: 2.2-4.4% ABV
GOLDMyanmarMyanmar Brewery, Myanmar
SILVERCisk LagerSimonds Farsons Cisk plc, Malta
BRONZEArany AszokDreher Breweries Ltd, Hungary
Class 2: 4.5-5.5% ABV
GOLDKarlovackoKarlovacko Pivovara, Croatia
SILVERAugsburger Herren PilsBrauerei S. Riegele, Germany
BRONZEUrsus PremiumUrsus Breweries, Romania
Class 3: 5.6-6.9% ABV
GOLD Tyskie GronieKompania Piwowarska, Poland
SILVERKronenbourg Premier CruS&N, France
BRONZELeffe BlondInbev, Belgium
ChampionBadger First GoldHall & Woodhouse Ltd, U.K.
Class 1: 2.5-4.3% ABV
GOLDBadger First GoldHall & Woodhouse, U.K.
SILVERBitter and TwistedHarviestoun Brewery, U.K.
BRONZEDorothy Goodbody’s Golden AleWye Valley Brewery, U.K.
Class 2: 4.4-5.1% ABV
GOLD1849Joseph Holt, U.K.
SILVERMaple MoonJoseph Holt Ltd., U.K.
BRONZEHertford CastleMcMullen & Sons Ltd., U.K.
Class 3: 5.2-6.9% ABV
GOLDBridgePort India Pale AleBridgePort Brewing Co., USA
SILVERSierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Brewing Co., USA
BRONZERogue American AmberRogue Ales, USA
Class 4: Organic : 2.5-6.9% ABV
GOLDNatureland Organic AlePacific Western Brewing, Canada
SILVERWhitstable Bay Organic AleShepherd Neame, U.K.
BRONZEBorder Gold Organic AleBroughton Ales, U.K.

Specialty beers
Champion Schneider Weisse Original Schneider Weisse, Germany
Class 1: Wheat: Up to 11.5% ABV
GOLDSchneider Weise OriginalSchneider Weisse, Germany
SILVEROttenbrau Hefe WeizenOttenbrau, Germany
BRONZEHoegaarden White Beer In Bev, Belgium
Class 2: Fruit: Up to 11.5% ABV
GOLDMort Subite Xtreme FramboiseAlken-Maes, Belgium
SILVERMort Subite Xtreme KriekAlken-Maes, Belgium
BRONZELiefmans KriekLiefmans Breweries, Belgium
Class 3: Other Speciality Ingredients: Up to 11.5% ABV
GOLDRogue Chocolate StoutRogue Ales, USA
SILVERRogue Hazelnut BrownNectar ,Rogue Ales, USA
BRONZEMontieth’s Winter AleDB Breweries, New Zealand

Non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers
Champion Windhoek Light Namibia Breweries, Namibia
Class 1: Up to 2.4% ABV
GOLDWindhoek LightNamibia Breweries, Namibia
SILVERRadegast BirellPlzensky Prazdroj Pivovar Radegast Nosovice, Czech Republic
BRONZEC2Coors Brewers Ltd., U.K.

Strong beers
Champion Stockholm Fine Festival 7.2% Kronleins Bryggeri, Sweden
Class 1: Lager: 7-11.5% ABV
GOLDStockholm Fine Festival 7.2%Kronleins Bryggeri, Sweden
SILVERMorimoto Imperial PilsnerRogue Ales, USA
BRONZEWojak WszechmocneBrowar Belgia, Poland
Class 2: Ale: 7-11.5% ABV
GOLDBanks’s Barley GoldWolverhampton & Dudley Brands, U.K.
SILVERBrakspear TripleRefresh U.K.
BRONZELuciferLiefman’s Brewery, Belgium
Class 3: Dark: All 7% ABV and Above, Up to 11.5% ABV
GOLDOld TomFrederic Robinson Ltd., U.K.
SILVERBaltika #6 PorterBaltika, Russia
BRONZEDreher BakDreher Breweries, Hungary

Dark milds, stouts & porters
ChampionSamuel Adams Cream StoutBoston Beer Co, USA
Class 1: Cask & Keg: 2.5-4.1% ABV
GOLDBrains DarkS A Brain & Co Ltd., U.K.
SILVERMurphys StoutInBev U.K.
BRONZEArchers Dark MildArchers Brewery, U.K.
Class 2: Cask & Keg: 4.2-6.9% ABV
GOLDYoungs Oatmeal StoutYoungs Brewery plc, U.K.
SILVERBeamish Export StoutBeamish & Crawford plc, Ireland
BRONZESnecklifterJennings Brewery, U.K.
Class 3: Small Pack: 2.5-4.8% ABV
GOLDSamuel Adams Cream StoutBoston Beer Co., USA
SILVERHook Norton Double StoutHook Norton Brewery, U.K.
BRONZELewes Castle AleHarvey & Son, U.K.
Class 4: Small Pack: 4.9-6.9% ABV
GOLDTwelve DaysHook Norton Brewery, U.K.
SILVERThwaites Lancashire Brown AleDaniel Thwaites plc, U.K.
BRONZESierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Brewing Co., USA

Draught lager
ChampionKronenbourg 1664S&N UK, U.K.
Class 1: 2.5-4.5% ABV
GOLDMyanmar BeerMyanmar Brewery, Myanmar
SILVERKaltenberg HellDaniel Thwaites plc, U.K.
BRONZECastlemaine XXXXInBev U.K.
Class 2: 4.6-6.9% ABV
GOLDKronenbourg 1664S&N, U.K .
SILVERKronenbourg 1664S&N, U.K.
BRONZECobraCharles Wells Ltd., U.K.

Keg ales
Champion Sierra Nevada Draught Ale Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, USA
Class 1: 2.5-3.8% ABV
GOLDTetley’s SmoothCarlsberg U.K., U.K.
SILVEREagle Smooth BitterCharles Wells Ltd., U.K.
BRONZECamerons BitterCamerons Brewery Ltd., U.K.
Class 2: 3.9-6.9% ABV
GOLDSierra Nevada Draught AleSierra Nevada Brewing Co, USA
SILVERHardy’s & Hansons’s CoolHardy’s & Hansons plc, U.K.
BRONZENed’s Red AleTownsville Brewing Co., Australia