COOPERSTOWN – Brewery Ommegang was named the Champion Brewery for mid-size companies at the 2016 World Beer Cup competition, highlight of the Craft Brewers Conference & Beer Expo America in Philadelphia last week.
It also was recognized for best brewmaster for companies its size, and won three individual beer awards
The brewery won a gold medal for its newest beer, Rosetta, in the Belgian-style fruit beer category, a bronze for Three Philosophers in the Belgian-style dubbel and quadrupel category, and a bronze for Gnomegang in the Belgian-style tripel category at the World Beer Cup’s biennial awards ceremony last Friday.
Breweries that produce between 15,001 and six million barrels a year are considered mid-size and in 2016, nearly 350 breweries participated in the World Beer Cup SM competition at that level. Ommegang was one of only six breweries to win three individual beer awards at the event.
“This is a tremendous achievement for our brewery and a testament to the skill and passion of our brewing, packaging, quality, maintenance, and warehouse teams,” said Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “We never go to an event expecting to win. We believe our beers to be very high quality and we know they’re beloved by many, but so are many beers from many breweries all over the country and the world. To win a single award at the World Beer Cup SM is quite an achievement, but to win three along with the Champion Mid-Size Brewery Award leaves us a bit speechless.”
The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group that protects and promotes America’s small, independent craft brewers, created the World Beer Cup SM competition in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing. The 1996 competition was held with 600 beers and 250 breweries competing from 20 countries. Held biennially since then, the World Beer Cup SM has grown into one of the largest and most prestigious events in the international brewing industry. This year’s competition boasted 6,596 beers judged in 96 categories, beers from 1,907 breweries from 55 countries. Judging was completed by approximately 260 judges from 31 countries, 75% of them from outside the United States.
Brewery Ommegang’s sister brewery Boulevard Brewing Company from Kansas City, Mo., was also a big winner that night. They were awarded pair of awards: gold for The Sixth Glass in the Belgian-style dark strong ale category and silver for Tank 7 in the American-Belgo-style ale category