International Brewing Awards 2013 Winners Announced
Ninety-six medals were today (15 February) presented to brewers and cider makers in The International Brewing Awards 2013, after a three-day judging session at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent.
This year’s competition attracted almost 1,000 entries – a significant increase on the field in 2011, when the bi-annual event was last held. Beers and ciders were submitted from more than 45 countries by a broad spectrum of producers from regional micro-brewers to multi-national companies.
Presenting medals to the award-winners, chair of judges Bill Taylor said, “We are delighted with this year’s Awards. The number and diversity of entries demonstrate the support for the competition from all parts of the global brewing community, as does the willingness of the 40 expert brewers and cider makers to give up their time to judge.
“This competition, judged by professional brewers, dates back over 120 years. In 2011 we brought the Awards back to the UK and were overwhelmed by the industry’s response. This year, we have built on that success and consolidated our position as the competition that best represents the very best beers from the entire global brewing industry.”
Taylor, chief brewer at leading Australian food & drink business Lion Co, added, “This year, we reintroduced two cider categories, after an absence of many decades. Given that this was effectively new ground for us, we’re pleased with the response and will be looking to develop this in the 2015 Awards.”
The medal winners were announced in front of an audience of more than 100 competitors, judges and industry and local guests. Bronze, Silver and Gold medals were awarded, while the 11 overall Championship winners – nine beers and two ciders – will be unveiled at an Awards luncheon at London Guildhall on 24 April.
The International Brewing Awards 2015 will be held in Burton-upon-Trent in February 2015. Entries will open on 1st August 2014.