The results of the 2011 International Beer Challenge have been published, and there are some familiar names among the winners.
Sam Adams won no less than three gold medals, ten silver and seventeen bronze medals. That’s thirty medal winners from thirty five beers entered. Quality will out, and the fact that Weihenstephan HefeWeissbier, Fullers London Porter and Thornbridge Jaipur were ‘only’ awarded bronze medals this year shows how high the overall standard was.
Something that shocked me, if you read back to my original report on the judging, I thought I’d recognised “Duchesse du Bourgogne” as one of the entrants – as I described it “a Belgian ‘red’ that I suspect I recognised as an old friend“ and my team of fellow judges agreed. We were wrong, it was actually “Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red” which we agreed merited a gold medal.
Anyway, the prize-giving is on September 12th, and looking through the list of winners, I plan on attending; there are a few brews in there that I simply must try, including Weihenstephaner Vitus, and a few old, hard to find, friends I look forward to revisiting, including Lion Stout, Sam Adams Triple Bock and that Stony Brook Red.