Brewing Industry International Awards

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The International Brewing Awards, previously known as the Brewing Industry International Awards, is a biannual brewing competition with its origins dating to 1886. It is believed to be the oldest international brewing competition in the world. The Awards are owned and organised by Brewing Technology Services Ltd (BTS).[1] Only beers that pay to enter (£192 per entry as of November 2015) are judged.[2]

The Awards are known by some as the "Brewing Oscars" and are judged only by commercially practising brewers.[citation needed]

The 2013 competition took place 13–15 February in Burton upon Trent. New for the 2013 competition was a cider category, comprising two classifications - for apple cider and for cider incorporating other fruit, juices or flavours. Also new is a Special Hop Beer class within the Speciality Beer category, designed for beers with a “uniquely innovative or intense hop character”. The Awards were presented on 24 April 2013 at Guildhall, City of London.

In 2015 bronze, silver and gold medal winners were announced after three days of judging at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, where a panel of 43 judges assessed close to 1,000 beers and ciders submitted from 50 countries. There were 39 categories, each with up to three medals, and ten additional trophies for winners of wider categories.[3]

At the London Guildhall on April 29, overall championship winner awards (trophies) were made for:[4] [5]

  • Champion Smallpack Lager – Riegele Feines Urhell, Brauhaus Riegele, Augsburg, Germany
  • Champion Keg Lager – Clonmel 1650 Irish Lager, C&C Ireland, Clonmel, Ireland
  • Champion Smallpack Ale – Armory XPA, Deschutes Brewery Inc., Oregon, USA
  • Champion Keg Ale – Revisionist Rye Pale Ale, Marston’s PLC, Wolverhampton, UK
  • Champion Non and Low Alcohol Beer – Manns Brown Ale, Marston’s PLC, Burton, UK
  • Champion Dark Beer – Black Butte Porter, Deschutes Brewery Inc., Oregon, USA
  • Champion Strong Beer – Brugse Zot Dubbel, Brouwerij De Halve Maan, Bruges, Belgium
  • Champion Speciality Beer - Red Chair NWPA, Deschutes Brewery Inc., Oregon, USA
  • Champion Cask Conditioned Ale - Green Devil IPA, Oakham Ales, Peterborough, UK
  • Champion Cider – Traditional Dry Cider, Mac Ivors Cider Co., County Armagh, Northern Ireland

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