Export Development Program Members Win Big in European Beer Competitions

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The Brewers Association’s Export Development Program (EDP) is pleased to announce member brewery successes in two key European beer competitions – the Brussels Beer Challenge and European Beer Star Awards. Both competitions represent valuable opportunities to promote American craft beer in Europe and beyond.

International competitions continue to serve as key platforms to raise awareness for American craft beer abroad and assist 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.

Brussels Beer Challenge

Now in its eighth year, 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.

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This year, 1,800 beers were judged by 100 internationally renowned beer experts over three days. Participating beers are subdivided into categories based on origin, typology, and style, and then tasted.

Congratulations to the EDP members who were awarded with 45 awards in total: 12 gold, 11 silver, 16 bronze, and 6 Certificates of Excellence.

European Beer Star Awards

One of the most recognized beer competitions in the world, the European Beer Star Awards, took place for the sixteenth occasion in October 2019 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.

In the 2019 competition, there was a record-breaking number of beers entered: 2,483 from 47 countries in 67 categories, of which 195 beers were from the United States.

The competition was judged by 145 international beer experts from 28 different countries. Congratulations to the EDP members who secured 25 medals in total: 6 gold, 10 silver, and 9 bronze. Medals were presented at BrauBeviale in Nuremburg on November 13.

The award-winning breweries are listed below — congratulations to all the winners!

Brussels Beer Challenge

Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Boston Ale AltbierBronze
Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Cream Stout Sweet/Milk StoutBronze
Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Octoberfest German-Style MärzenGold
Breakside Brewery & Taproom Stay West Ipa American Ipa (Less Than 6.5 ABV)Gold
Breakside Brewery & Taproom Wanderlust Ipa American IPA (Less Than 6.5 ABV)Gold
Breakside Brewery & Taproom What Rough Beast New England IPABronze
Champion Brewing Company True Love American-Style PilsnerBronze
Coronado Brewing Leisure Lagoon American Pale AleCertificate Of Excellence
Coronado Brewing Weekend Vibes American IPA (Higher Than 6.5 BVSilver
Deep Ellum Brewing Company Local Legend Sweet/Milk StoutBronze
Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXXI Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Or Oaked AgedBronze
Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout American StoutGold
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Lager American-Style PilsnerSilver
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Mole Merkin Wood/Barrel Aged (Less Than 10 ABV)Gold
Firestone Walker Brewing Company West Odnar Oud Bruin (Flanders Brown Ale)Bronze
Fremont Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Or Oaked AgedAmerican Revelation- Fermentis Trophy
Fremont Brewing Brew 3000 Barley WineCertificate Of Excellence
Fremont Brewing Lush American IPA (Higher Than 6.5 ABV)Gold
Indeed Brewing Company Mexican Honey Honey BeerBronze
Jack’s Abby Brewing Brigadeiro CoffeeSilver
Lakefront Brewery Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale Pumpkin AleGold
Left Hand Brewing Company Sawtooth Ale Strong/Extra Special BitterGold
Melvin Brewing 2×4 Double IPA Imperial IPABronze
Melvin Brewing Melvin Ipa American IPA (Higher Than 6.5 ABV)Certificate Of Excellence
New Holland Brewing The Poet Oatmeal StoutBronze
North Coast Brewing Co Laguna Baja Vienna LagerSilver
Pelican Brewing Company Beak Bender Hoppinated India Pale Ale Pacific IPABronze
Pelican Brewing Company Father Of All Tsunamis Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Or Oaked AgedSilver
Pelican Brewing Company Kiwanda Cream Ale Light Bitter Blond/Golden AleBronze
Pelican Brewing Company Tsunami Stout Stout ExportSilver
pFriem Family Brewers Druif Blanc Speciality Beer (Higher Than 7 ABV)Gold
pFriem Family Brewers Ipa American Ipa (Higher Than 6.5 Abv)Bronze
pFriem Family Brewers Oktoberfest Style German-Style MärzenBronze
pFriem Family Brewers Pruim Speciality Beer (Less Than 7 ABV)Gold
Reuben’s Brews Hazealicious New England IPAGold
Saranac Brewery / FX Matt Brewing Co. Utica Club Pilsener Light LagerGold
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Hazy Little Thing New England IPASilver
Ska Brewing Company Steel Toe Stout Sweet/Milk StoutSilver
The Bruery Bakery: Coconut Macaroon Wood/Barrel Aged Higher Than 10 Abv)Silver
The Bruery Retreat (This Is A Hazy Double Ipa) Imperial IpaCertificate Of Excellence
The Virginia Beer Company Elbow Patches Stout ExportBronze
Three Weavers Brewing, Co. Knotty Double Ipa Imperial IPASilver

European Beer Star

BreweryBeer NameCategoryAward
Jack's Abby BrewingCitra BrauNew-Style LagerBronze
Rahr & Sons Brewing CompanyRegulatorGerman-Style Dunkler DoppelbockSilver
Taxman Brewing Co.QualifiedBelgian-Style Strong Dark AleGold
Eppig BrewingGlitz and GlamSour And Fruit Sour BeerSilver
Brewery Ommegang Saison RoseFruit BeerBronze
Odell Brewing CompanyFriekTraditional Belgian-Style Lambic, Geuze, And Fruit GeuzeSilver
Allagash Brewing CompanyAllagash SaisonTraditional Belgian-Style SaisonSilver
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.Sierra Nevada California IPASession BeerSilver
Brewery Ommegang WitteBelgian-Style WitbierBronze
Odell Brewing CompanyDrumrollNew-Style Pale AleBronze
Odell Brewing CompanyMountain Standard IPANew-Style India Pale AleSilver
Pelican Brewing CompanyBeak BreakerImperial India Pale AleBronze
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.DBAEnglish-Style BitterGold
Reubens BrewsRobust PorterEnglish-Style PorterGold
Port City Brewing Company PorterEnglish-Style PorterBronze
Deschutes BreweryObsdian StoutStoutSilver
Deep Ellum Brewing CompanyLocal LegendSweet Stout Milk StoutSilver
Left Hand Brewing CompanyMilk StoutSweet Stout Milk StoutBronze
Wormtown BrewerySpies Like UsImperial StoutBronze
Alaskan Brewing Co.Smoked PorterStrong Smoke BeerSilver
Indeed Brewing CompanyLSDHerb And Spice BeerGold
Lakefront BreweryNew GristBeer With Alternative CerealsBronze
Revision Brewing CompanyBarrel-Aged Finite MadnessWood And Barrel Aged Strong BeerGold
Jack's Abby BrewingBarrel Aged Framinghammer with VanillaWood And Barrel Aged Strong BeerSilver
Pelican Brewing CompanyStormwatcher's WinterfestUltra Strong BeerGold

The Brewers Association Export Development Program (EDP) works to inform member breweries about opportunities to sell and promote their beers in targeted global markets as well as 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.