Export Development Program Members Win Top Honors at European Beer Competitions

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

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, American craft beer ambassador for Europe for the Brewers Association, comments, “American craft beer is renowned the world over for its full flavor, style diversity, and groundbreaking innovation. Excelling at international beer competitions such as the Brussels Beer Challenge and the European Beer Star is testimony to its enduring success, and we are delighted to see American craft beer gaining high accolades in this most challenging of years.”

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 saw the ninth iteration of the competition, albeit a scaled down version due to the pandemic.

This year, 1,546 beers were judged by 38 internationally renowned beer experts over two weeks. Participating beers are subdivided into categories based on origin, typology, and style, and then tasted.

Congratulations to the EDP members who were awarded 31 awards in total: nine gold, 12 silver, and 10 bronze including one ‘Best North 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 17th year in October 2020, 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.

Despite the pandemic, the 2020 competition welcomed 2,036 entrants from 42 countries, of which 208 beers were from the United States. Medal winners came from 28 different countries and the awards ceremony was held digitally. Congratulations to the EDP member breweries who won 22 medals in total, including 11 gold, five silver, and six bronze.

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

European Beer Star

BreweryBeerCategoryAward
Brewery OmmegangThree PhilosophersBelgian-Style Strong Dark AleSilver
Cigar City Brewing, Co.Fancy Papers Hazy IPASpeciality India Pale AleBronze
Denver Beer CoGraham Cracker PorterBeer With Alternative CerealsSilver
Deschutes BreweryBlue ButterflyNew-Style SaisonGold
Eppig Brewing10:45 To DenverNew-Style India Pale AleGold
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Big MoodBelgian-Style Lambic And GeuzeSilver
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Double Barrel AleEnglish-Style BitterSilver
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.ParabolaWood And Barrel Aged Strong BeerGold
Hoppin' Frog Brewing CompanyInfusion AHerb And Spice BeerBronze
Hoppin' Frog Brewing CompanyQ.O.R.I.S. The Quasher Quadruple Oatmeal Imperial StoutUltra Strong BeerGold
Indeed Brewing CompanyWooden Soul: Cherry DustWood And Barrel Aged Sour BeerSilver
Indeed Brewing CompanyLSDHerb And Spice BeerGold
Lakefront BreweryMy Turn Series: JuvarrHoney BeerBronze
Saranac Brewery/FX Matt Brewing Co.Saranac Pale AleTraditional Style Pale AleGold
Saranac Brewery/FX Matt Brewing Co.Saranac Legacy IPA 2.0Traditional India Pale AleGold
Ska Brewing CompanyTrue Blonde AleEnglish-Style Golden AleBronze
Taxman Brewing CompanyQualifiedBelgian-Style Strong Dark AleBronze
The Olde Mecklenburg BreweryMecktoberfestGerman-Style MärzenGold
The Virginia Beer CompanyElbow PatchesStoutBronze
Wormtown BrewerySpies like UsImperial StoutGold

Brussels Beer Challenge

BreweryBeerCategoryAward
Hoppin' Frog Brewing CoB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial StoutStout/Porter: Russian Imperial StoutSilver
Deschutes BreweryBlue ButterflyPale & Amber Ale: Modern SaisonSilver
Three Weavers Brewing, Co.Day Job Pale AlePale & Amber Ale: American Pale AleSilver
Revision Brewing CompanyDisco NinjaPale & Amber Ale: New England IPASilver
Lakefront BreweryEastside DarkLager: Dark/DunkelSilver
Oskar Blues BreweryMama's Little Yella PilsLager: Bohemian-Style PilsnerSilver
Revision Brewing CompanyRevision IPAPale & Amber Ale: American IPASilver
Boulevard Brewing CompanyTank 7Pale & Amber Ale: Double SaisonSilver
Societe Brewing CompanyThe PupilPale & Amber Ale: Pacific IPASilver
Taxman Brewing CompanyDeductionDark Ale: Abbey/Trappist Style DubbelBronze
The Virginia Beer CompanyEvil SantaSpecialty Beer: Winter AlesBronze
Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyFeral OneSpecialty Beer: Old Style Gueze-LambicBronze
Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyFirestone LagerLager: American-Style PilsnerBronze
Quarter Celtic BrewpubMac Lomas StoutStout/Porter: Dry StoutBronze
Champion Brewing CompanyMissilePale & Amber Ale: Ameircan IPA (> 6.5 ABV)Bronze
Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyParabolaFlavoured Beer: Oak AgedBronze
Oskar Blues BrewerySlow Chill Dunkel LagerLager: Dark/DunkelBronze
Societe Brewing CompanyThe HarlotSpecialty Beer: Specialty Beer (<7 ABV)Bronze
No-Li BrewhouseBorn and RaisedPale & Amber Ale: Ameircan IPA (> 6.5 ABV)Gold
Reuben's BrewsCrikey IPAPale & Amber Ale: Pacific IPAGold
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.Dadgum Coffee IPAFlavoured Beer: CoffeeGold
Anderson Valley Brewing CompanyHuge ArkerFlavoured Beer: Oak AgedGold
Hoppin' Frog Brewing CoPeanut Butter Hazelnut Caramel Chocolate Cake StoutFlavoured Beer: ChocolateGold
Taxman Brewing CompanyQualifiedDark Ale: Strong Dark AleGold
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.RumpyFlavoured Beer: Herb & SpiceGold
Quarter Celtic BrewpubVienna FestbierLager: Vienna LagerGold
No-Li BrewhouseWrecking BallStout/Porter: Russian Imperial StoutGold

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.