Export Development Program Breweries Excel in European Beer Competitions

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The Brewers Association (BA) 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.

EDP Gains Attention for American Breweries through International Competitions

The EDP sees international competitions as a key mechanism by which to generate publicity for the U.S. craft beer industry and assist EDP subscribers with gaining attention and distribution for their brands in select target markets. As such, the BA covers the cost of a consolidated airfreight shipment to each competition and covers the entry fee for up to three brands per brewery in select international competitions for its member breweries.

2018 marked another year of success for EDP breweries in the European Beer Star and Brussels Beer Challenge. Both of these competitions continue to serve as valuable opportunities to spread the word about American craft beer in Europe and beyond. In total, member breweries won 30 awards at the European Beer Star and 50 awards at the Brussels Beer Challenge.

Brussels Beer Challenge

The Brussels Beer Challenge aims to promote the beer industry in a market that is not only a benchmark for beer, but also home to connoisseurs. Over three days, a tasting panel of 85 internationally renowned beer connoisseurs taste more than 1,500 beers from all over the world. The participating beers are divided into categories based on origin, type, and style, and then evaluated. At the end of the three tasting days, the best beers in each category, will be awarded a gold, silver, or bronze award.

European Beer Star

The European Beer Star, now in its 15th year, is one of the most recognized beer competitions in the world, committed to the traditional European art of brewing. The competition evaluates beers on the basis of purely sensory criteria, and is limited to beer categories that originated in Europe. Overall, in the European Beer Star competition, there were 2,344 beers from 51 countries.

Judging of the beers was performed by an international expert panel at the Doemens Brewing Academy in Gräfelfing near Munich, including 144 beer and brewing experts from 32 different countries, one of whom was EDP manager Steve Parr, who was invited to serve as one of three U.S. judges in this year’s competition.

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

2018 European Beer Star:

Alaskan Brewing Co.Smoked PorterStrong Smoke BeerSilver
Allagash Brewing CompanySaisonTraditional
Big Bend Brewing CompanyBarrel-Aged Marfa LightWood And Barrel
Strong Beer
Brewery OmmegangSaison RoséFruit BeerBronze
Denver Beer Co.Princess Yum YumFruit BeerSilver
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Krieky BonesSour And Fruit Sour BeerSilver
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.DBAEnglish-Style
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Merlin Milk StoutSweet StoutGold
Indeed Brewing CompanyB-Side PilsGerman-Style
Odell Brewing CompanyFriekTraditional Belgian-Style Lambic, Geuze, And Fruit Geuze
Fruit Sour Beer
Pelican Brewing CompanyKiwanda Cream AleEnglish-Style
Golden Ale
pFriem Family BrewersOud BruinWood And
Barrel Aged
Sour Beer
pFriem Family BrewersBarrel Aged Saison IINew-Style SaisonGold
Port City Brewing CompanyMonumental IPATraditional
India Pale Ale
Rahr & Sons Brewing CompanyRegulatorGerman-Style Dunkler Doppelbock Silver
Reuben's BrewsRobust PorterEnglish-Style
Revision Brewing CompanyRevision IPANew Style
India Pale Ale
Revision Brewing CompanyRevision DIPAImperial
India Pale Ale
Rogue AlesSt. Chuck's SmokeSmoke BeerSilber
Samuel AdamsSamuel Adams Black LagerBohemian-Style
Samuel AdamsSamuel Adams Rebel IPATraditional
India Pale Ale
Samuel AdamsSamuel Adams Cream StoutSweet StoutSilver
Saranac BrewerySaranac Pale AleTraditional Style
Pale Ale
Ska BrewingSka OktoberfestRed And Amber Lager / Vienna Style LagerGold
Societe Brewing CompanyThe MistressNew Style LagerBronze
The Virginia Beer CompanyElbow PatchesDry StoutSilver
Three Weavers Brewing CompanyKnottyImperial
India Pale Ale

2018 Brussels Beer Challenge:

Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Cream StoutFlavoured Beer : Sweet/Milk StoutSilver Medal
Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Pumpkin AleFlavoured Beer : Pumpkin AleSilver Medal
Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Rebel RouserPale&Amber Ale : Imperial IPASilver Medal
Boulevard Brewing Company Space Camper IPAPale&Amber Ale : American IPA (Less Than 6.5 Abv)Certificate of Excellence
DC Brau Brewing Company Space ReaperPale&Amber Ale : Imperial IPABronze Medal
Deep Ellum Brewing Company Local LegendFlavoured Beer : Sweet/Milk StoutGold Medal
Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXXFlavoured Beer : Wood/Barrel Aged (Higher Than 10 ABV)Bronze Medal
Deschutes Brewery Obsidian StoutStout/ Porter : American StoutSilver Medal
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Feral BruteSpeciality Beer : Brut BeerBronze Medal
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Luponic DistortionPale&Amber Ale : American IPA (Less Than 6.5 ABV)Bronze Medal
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Union JackPale&Amber Ale : Pacific IPASilver Medal
Founders Brewing Co. PorterStout/ Porter : Baltic PorterBronze Medal
Founders Brewing Co.CBSFlavoured Beer: Wood/Barrel Aged Higher Than 10% ABVGold Medal
Founders Brewing Co.Mosaic PromisePale/Amber Ale: American Pale AleSilver Medal
Founders Brewing Co.Trigo Hoppy Wheat LagerLager: Hoppy LagerGold Medal
Founders Brewing Co.Breakfast StoutFlavoured Beer: ChocolateSilver Medal
Fremont Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coffee EditionFlavoured Beer : CoffeeSilver Medal
Fremont Brewing Lush IPAPale&Amber Ale : American IPA (Higher Than 6.5 ABV)Certificate of Excellence
Left Hand Brewing Company Death Before DiscoStout/ Porter : PorterSilver Medal
Left Hand Brewing Company Milk StoutFlavoured Beer : Sweet/Milk StoutBronze Medal
Odell Brewing Company Colorado LagerLager : American-Style PilsnerSilver Medal
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella PilsLager : Bohemian-Style PilsnerBronze Medal
Paradox Beer Company, Inc. Salty LemonsSpeciality Beer : Other Sour AleCertificate of Excellence
Pelican Brewing Company Beak Bender Hoppinated India Pale AlePale&Amber Ale : Pacific IPAGold Medal
Pelican Brewing Company Captain Of The CoastFlavoured Beer : Wood/Barrel Aged (Less Than 10 ABV)Gold Medal
Pelican Brewing Company Father Of All TsunamisFlavoured Beer : Wood/Barrel Aged Higher Than 10 ABV)Silver Medal
Pelican Brewing Company Kiwanda Cream AlePale&Amber Ale : KölschBronze Medal
pFriem Family Brewers Barrel Aged Saison IIPale&Amber Ale : Modern SaisonSilver Medal
pFriem Family Brewers Brett SaisonPale&Amber Ale : Traditional SaisonCertificate of Excellence
pFriem Family Brewers IPAPale&Amber Ale : American IPA (Higher Than 6.5 ABV)Gold Medal
pFriem Family Brewers PilsnerLager : German-Style PilsnerCertificate of Excellence
pFriem Family Brewers Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Aged Golden AleSpeciality Beer : (Less Than 7 ABV)Silver Medal
Port City Brewing Company PorterStout/ Porter : PorterBronze Medal
Quarter Celtic Brewpub Crimson LassRed Ale : Irish Red AleSilver Medal
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. OktoberfestLager : German-Style MärzenSilver Medal
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Pumpkin AleFlavoured Beer : Pumpkin AleGold Medal
Reuben’s Brews Daily PalePale&Amber Ale : Session IPAGold Medal
Revision Brewing DIPAPale&Amber Ale : Imperial IPACertificate of Excellence
Revision Brewing Revision IPAPale&Amber Ale : American IPA (Less Than 6.5 ABV)Gold Medal
Rio Bravo Brewing Co NM Pinon Coffee PorterFlavoured Beer : CoffeeGold Medal
Saranac Brewery / FX Matt Brewing Co. Saranac Basking In Bourbon Imperial StoutFlavoured Beer : Wood/Barrel Aged Higher Than 10 ABV)Bronze Medal
Saranac Brewery / FX Matt Brewing Co. Saranac Haus LagerLager : HellesGold Medal
Saranac Brewery / FX Matt Brewing Co. Saranac Varick Street StoutSpeciality Beer : Speciality Beer (Higher Than 7 ABV)Silver Medal
Saranac Brewery / FX Matt Brewing Co. Saranac Gen Iv Session IPAPale&Amber Ale : Session IPASilver Medal
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Hazy Little ThingPale&Amber Ale : New England IPASilver Medal
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tropical TorpedoPale&Amber Ale : Pacific IPABronze Medal
Ska Brewing Company Steel Toe StoutFlavoured Beer : Sweet/Milk StoutCertificate of Excellence
The Ale Apothecary SahalieSpeciality Beer : Other Sour AleGold Medal
Wormtown BreweryBe HoppyPale&Amber Ale : American IPA (Higher Than 6.5 ABV)Bronze Medal
Wormtown BreweryBirthday Brew #8Speciality Beer : Barley WineSilver Medal

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