(LANSING, Mich) — Four Michigan breweries – Bastone, Dragonmead, Founders and Kuhnhenn – are among those from around the world to received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup.
The ninth bi-annual competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories. A 17.7 percent increase over 2010, the entries were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards in their respective categories. Judges presented a total of 284 awards.
Bastone Brewery in Royal Oak earned three (3) medals:
Category 57 – Belgian- and French-Style Ale (22 entries) – Silver: Saison Noir
Category 62 – Belgian-Style Tripel (57 entries) – Silver: Nectar des Dieux
Category 63 – Belgian-Style Strong Pale Ale (33 entries) – Silver: Thor’s Hammer
Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren earned two (2) medals:
Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer (80 entries) – Silver: Ring Of Fire
Category 11: Specialty Honey Beer (23 entries) – Bronze: Killer Bee
Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids earned one (1) medal:
Category 3: Fruit Beer (41 entries) – Bronze: Blushing Monk
Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. in Warren earned one (1) medal:
Category 88: American-Style India Pale Ale (150 entries) – Gold: Double Rice IPA (DRIPA)
A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2012 World Beer Cup Fact Sheet (PDF).
"It's called 'The Olympics of Beer Competition' for good reason," said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996. "The event brings together great brewers from all corners of the globe. Plus, the awards are highly regarded. A brewer who wins a World Beer Cup gold award knows that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 World Beer Cup. The Brewers Association and the proud sponsors of our event thank all participating brewers for their involvement."
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today's craft brewers and homebrewers.
Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes well over $24 million in wages with an economic contribution of more than $133 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”
Founded in 1997 and celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2012, the Michigan Brewers Guild exists to unify the community of brewers, to increase the sale of Michigan Craft Beer, to contribute culturally and economically throughout the state, and to monitor and assure a healthy brewing industry. By working collaboratively with proponents of craft beer, we strive to achieve 10% share of all beer sold in Michigan by producing world-class events, increasing public awareness, educating consumers, and encouraging responsible consumption.
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