Trophy winners named in International Beer Challenge

08 September, 2015

London’s Beavertown Brewery has been named Supreme Champion Brewer in the 2015 International Beer Challenge run by Off Licence News.

The Supreme Champion tasting trophy went to Baden Baden Witbier from Brazil.

Spain’s Alhambra 1925 Reserva won the trophy for the Supreme Champion of the design and packaging category of the awards.

Logan Plant, owner and brewer at Beavertown, which has won a cult following for beers such as Gamma Ray and Neck Oil, told OLN: “I feel extremely proud and humbled. As a home brewer not three-and-a-half years ago, to be collecting this award at an event like this is quite remarkable.

“The journey we’ve been on from the basement of a restaurant to where we are today is an amazing feeling.”

Chairman of the judges Jeff Evans said: “This part of the competition recognises consistency and the breadth of a brewer’s portfolio. To win one medal in the IBC is no mean achievement.

“To pick up a number of medals really shows how skilful a brewer is and that all their efforts are not focused on just one headline product.”

The full list of brewer awards winners is:

Supreme Champion Brewer – Beavertown Brewery

Brewer of the Year, UK – Beavertown Brewery

Brewer of the Year, Europe – Septem Microbrewery

Brewer of the Year, Oceania – Edge Brewing Project

Brewer of the Year, South America – Cervejaria Bierland

Brewer of the Year, North America – Deschutes Brewery

Retailer of the Year – Marks & Spencer

Importer of the Year – Branded Drinks

The tasting trophy winners are:

Supreme Champion – Baden Baden Witbier

Best Ale above 5% abv – Delirium Tremens

Best Ale up to 5% abv – Brewdog 5am Red Ale

Best Stout or Porter – Fyne Mills & Hills

Best Lager up to 5% abv – Edge Brewing Cool Hops Australian Lager

Best Lager above 5% abv – Baden Baden Bock

Best Speciality Beer – Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red

Best Wheat Beer – Baden Baden Witbier

Evans said: “Everyone knows how exciting the beer world has become and this has been underlined by the findings of our judges.

“Our seven trophy-winning beers in the tasting awards have come from five different countries and four different continents, and from long-established breweries as well as new.

“Our judges were seriously impressed with what was presented to them. It’s a wonderful illustration of how great it is to be a beer drinker and a beer retailer today.”

The design and packaging trophy winners are:

Supreme Champion – Alhambra 1925 Reserva

Best Product Range – The Jack Brand Range, Adnams

Best Established Individual Product – Alhambra 1925 Reserva

Best New Individual Product – 29 Daniel

Design and packaging chairman Paul Foulkes-Arellano, from design company Seymour Powell, said: “As always the judging was intense, and in 2015 we were probably harsher and harder on the entries than ever before. The best work came from some quite unexpected and new brands, and the winning entries were brave and bold.”

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