Demand for full-flavored beer like American IPA, barrel-aged beer, or just well-made classic styles expands beyond our own nation’s borders, and American craft brewers once again displayed their expertise in brewing through a strong showing at two major international beer competitions in Europe.
The Brewers Association (BA) Export Development Program (EDP) facilitated member brewery participation in both the Brussels Beer Challenge and European Beer Star competitions in 2021. Success at international beer competitions helps raise awareness for American craft beer abroad and assists EDP member breweries with generating publicity for their brands in overseas markets. As part of its programming, the EDP helps facilitate U.S. brewery participation and performance in select competitions by covering entry fees and consolidated airfreight shipment to judging sites.
Lotte Peplow, BA American craft beer ambassador for Europe, comments, “The strong performance of American craft beer at international beer competitions is testimony to its world class quality and the skill, expertise, and creativity of American craft brewers. The standard was extremely high in both competitions. American craft brewers have an enviable reputation around the globe for producing innovative and high quality beers. Winning medals at international competitions such as Brussels Beer Challenge and European Beer Star underpins that reputation and provides a valuable point of difference in today’s competitive marketplace.”
EDP brewery members performed strongly in the following competitions:
Brussels Beer Challenge
The Brussels Beer Challenge is an annual international beer competition that aims to promote the beer industry in a market that is not only a benchmark for beer but also home to connoisseurs.
This year was the tenth edition of the competition with nearly 1,800 beers from 35 different countries judged by an international jury of 75 independent beer experts, including the BA’s American Craft Beer Ambassador for Europe, Lotte Peplow. The competition took place in Brussels, Belgium over a three-day period from October 30 to November 1. Participating beers were subdivided into categories based on origin, typology, and style, and then tasted.
Congratulations to the EDP members who were awarded 32 medals in total: eight gold, 13 silver, and 11 bronze including Cigar City Brewing’s Maduro Brown Ale which was voted ‘Best American Beer of the Competition.’
European Beer Star
One of the most recognized beer competitions in the world, the European Beer Star Awards, took place for the 18th occasion in November 2021 and is committed to the traditional European art of brewing. It recognizes high quality, authentic beers that are genuine and distinctive, and is limited to beer categories that originate in Europe.
This year’s competition attracted 2,395 beers from 44 different countries judged by more than 120 beer experts, including Steve Parr, BA Export Development Program Manager. It took place at the Doemens Brewing Academy, in Gräfelfing, near Munich, and judges awarded 213 beers with gold, silver, or bronze in 70+1 categories. Congratulations to the EDP member breweries who won 18 medals in total including five gold, four silver, and nine bronze.
The award-winning breweries are listed below—congratulations to all the winners!
European Beer Star
|Alaskan Brewing Company||Alaskan Smoked Porter||Smoke Beer||Bronze|
|Anderson Valley Brewing||Black Rice Ale||Session Beer||Bronze|
|Anderson Valley Brewing||Barney Flats Oatmeal stout||Stout||Bronze|
|Bell's Brewery||Bell's Expedition Stout||Imperial Stout||Bronze|
|Faubourg Brewing Co.||Beignet Au Lait||Free-Style Beer||Silver|
|Indeed Brewing Company||Cherry Dust||Wood Barrel-Aged Sour Beer||Bronze|
|Lakefront Brewery||My Turn MOSES||Fruit Beer||Bronze|
|Migration Brewing Company||Mo Haze Ic||New-Style Pale Ale||Gold|
|No-Li Brewhouse||Red, White & Hazy||New-Style India Pale Ale||Bronze|
|North Coast Brewing Co||Le merle||New-Style Saison||Gold|
|Port City Brewing Company||Optimal Wit||Belgian-Style Witbier||Bronze|
|Port City Brewing Company||Porter||English-Style Porter||Gold|
|Reuben's Brews||Robust Porter||English-Style Porter||Silver|
|Revision Brewing Company||El Repaso||International-Style Lager||Gold|
|Revolution Brewing||Hazy-Hero||Specialty India Pale Ale||Bronze|
|Saranac Brewery / FX Matt Brewing Co.||Saranac Pale Ale||Traditional Style Pale Ale||Gold|
|Taxman Brewing Company||Deduction||Belgian-Style Dubbel||Silver|
Brussels Beer Challenge
|Alaskan Brewing Company||Alaskan Amber Ale||Red Ale : Irish Red Ale||Bronze|
|Alaskan Brewing Company||Midnight Haze IPA||Dark Ale : Dark/Black IPA||Silver|
|Bell's Brewery||Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout||Flavoured beer : Russian Imperial Stout barrel or oaked aged||Bronze|
|Cedar Springs Brewing Company||Küsterer Dunkelweizen||Wheat : Dunkel Weizen||Bronze|
|Cigar City Brewing Co.||Guayabera Citra Pale Ale||PaleAmber Ale : American Pale Ale||Gold|
|Cigar City Brewing Co.||Maduro Brown Ale||Dark Ale : Brown Ale||Gold|
|Deschutes Brewery||Obsidian Stout||Stout/ Porter : American Stout||Silver|
|Deschutes Brewery||Black Butte XXXIII||Flavoured beer : Wood/Barrel Aged||Silver|
|East Brother Beer Company||Festbier||Lager : German-Style Märzen||Silver|
|Fremont Brewing||Lush IPA||PaleAmber Ale : American IPA (Higher than 6.5 ABV)||Gold|
|Fremont Brewing||Cinnamon Coconut B-Bomb||Speciality Beer : Winter Ales||Bronze|
|Fremont Brewing||Dark Star||Stout/ Porter : Stout export||Silver|
|Fremont Brewing||Coffee Cacao Vanilla Barrel-Aged Dark Star||Flavoured beer : Coffee||Silver|
|Healdsburg Beer Co||HBC Porter||Stout/ Porter : Porter||Bronze|
|Jack's Abby Brewing LLC||Hoponius Union||Lager : Hoppy Lager||Silver|
|Jack's Abby Brewing LLC||Post Shift Pilsner||Lager : German-Style Pilsner||Silver|
|Migration Brewing Company||Mo Haze Ic||PaleAmber Ale : New England IPA||Bronze|
|New Holland Brewing||Dragon's Milk Solera||Speciality Beer : Barley Wine||Gold|
|No-Li Brewhouse||Big Juicy||PaleAmber Ale : Pacific IPA||Bronze|
|Port City Brewing Company||Monumental IPA||PaleAmber Ale : English IPA||Silver|
|Rahr Sons Brewing Co.||Barrelfest||Flavoured beer : Wood/Barrel Aged||Gold|
|Reuben's Brews||Crikey IPA||PaleAmber Ale : American IPA (Higher than 6.5 ABV)||Silver|
|River North Brewery||Mr. Sandman - Milk Chocolate||Flavoured beer : Russian Imperial Stout barrel or oaked aged||Bronze|
|Saranac Brewery / FX Matt Brewing Co.||Utica Club Pilsener||Lager : American-Style Pilsner||Bronze|
|Societe Brewing Company||The Pupil||PaleAmber Ale : Pacific IPA||Silver|
|The Virginia Beer Company||Elbow Patches||Stout/ Porter : Stout export||Bronze|
|The Virginia Beer Company||Purley's ESB||PaleAmber Ale : Strong/Extra Special Bitter||Gold|
|Warped Wing Brewing Co.||Whiskey Rebellion||Flavoured beer : Russian Imperial Stout barrel or oaked aged||Silver|
|Wormtown Brewery||Fresh Patch||Flavoured beer : Pumpkin ale||Bronze|
|Wormtown Brewery||Be Hoppy||PaleAmber Ale : Pacific IPA||Gold|
|Wren House Brewing||Spellbinder||PaleAmber Ale : New England IPA||Gold|
|Wren House Brewing||Valley Beer||Lager : Light Lager||Silver|
The Brewers Association Export Development Program (EDP) works to inform member breweries about opportunities to sell and promote their beers in targeted global markets, and educate international trade and media about proper storage and care for craft beer, as well as the collective quality and diversity of styles created by small and independent American craft brewers.