Successful Showing for American Craft Beer at 2022 Brussels Beer Challenge

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The Brussels Beer Challenge celebrated its 11th anniversary during the awards ceremony for the 2022 competition in Ghent, Belgium last month. More than 1,800 beers from across the globe were evaluated by a panel of 85 international beer experts, and American craft brewers once again displayed a mastery in brewing both classic and innovative beer styles.

In total, American craft brewers won 25 awards including seven gold, nine silver, and nine bronze medals across 20 categories. Fremont Brewing Company’s Legend Cold IPA was awarded “Best American Beer of the Competition.”

The competition, which became the first professional beer competition in Belgium in 2012, has since become one of the world’s most recognized beer competitions.

brussels beer challenge judges sampling and assessing beers

The Brewers Association (BA) Export Development Program (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.

2022 award-winning American craft breweries are listed below—congratulations to all the winners!

Allagash Brewing CompanyAllagash White WitbierSilver
Boulevard Brewing CompanyFlying Start Non-Alcoholic IPA IPA Alcohol-Free/LowSilver
Breakside Brewery TaproomBreakside I Will Roar You Imperial Stout Barrel- or Wood AgedBronze
Ceria Brewing CompanyGrainwave Belgian-Style White Ale Alcohol-freeBronze
DESTIHL BreweryDeadHead Tourbus Hazy IPA New England IPAGold
FirestoneHopnosis IPA American Pale AleSilver
Fremont Brewing13th Anniversary Barley WineBronze
Fremont BrewingLegend Cold IPAGold
Fremont BrewingLush American IPA (Higher than 6.5 ABV)Bronze
Hinterland BreweryGrand Cru 22 Other Sour AleGold
Hoppin' Frog Brewing CoBarrel Aged Frogichlaus Swiss-Style Celebration Lager Wood/Barrel AgedSilver
Hoppin' Frog Brewing CoQ.O.R.I.S. The Quasher Quadruple Oatmeal-Imperial Stout Speciality beer (Higher than 7 ABV)Bronze
Laughing Dog BrewingGud Dog Oktoberfest German-Style MärzenGold
Migration Brewing CompanyPatio Pale American Pale AleBronze
Reuben's BrewsReuben's Super Crush New England IPABronze
Reuben's BrewsRobust Porter PorterGold
Revision Brewing CompanyEmerald Bay IPA Pacific IPAGold
River North BreweryNightmare Fuel Coffee BeerGold
River North BreweryBourbon Barrel Aged Bucket of Bolts Wood/Barrel AgedSilver
River North BreweryMidnight Hike Chocolate BeerSilver
Societe Brewing CompanyLight Beer KölschBronze
The Virginia Beer CompanyPurley's ESB Strong/Extra Special BitterSilver
The Virginia Beer CompanyOne Night In Tokyo Fruit BeerBronze
Urban ArtifactTeak Other Sour AleSilver
Urban ArtifactThe Gadget Fruit BeerSilver