Saturday, 1 August 2009

World Beer Awards announced

International craft brewers triumph
as judges search for the best beers

The World Beer Awards, run in conjunction with Beers of the World magazine, were announced on 30 July. The judges were Roger Protz (chairman), Zak Avery, Melissa Cole, Richard Dinwoodie, Jeff Evans, Laurent Mousson, Ron Pattinson, Conrad Seidl, Adrian Tierney-Jones and Sally Toms.

The results were:

WORLD'S BEST ALE
Robinson's Old Tom (8.5%): UK

WORLD'S BEST PALE ALE
Rogue Dry Hopped Red (5.3%): US

WORLD'S BEST STANDARD DARK ALE
Harvey's Old Ale (3.6%) UK

WORLD'S BEST STRONG PALE ALE
Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale (5%): Japan

WORLD'S BEST LAGER
Waldhaus Diplom Pils (4.9%): Germany

WORLD'S BEST STANDARD LAGER
Great Western Light(4.5%): Japan

WORLD'S BEST STRONG LAGER
Cruzcampo Gran Reserva (6.4%): Spain

WORLD'S BEST DARK LAGER
Krusovice Cerne (3.8%) Czech Republic

WORLD'S BEST STOUT/PORTER
Baltika No 6 Porter (7%): Russia

WORLD'S BEST STOUT
Minoh Beer Stout (5.5%): Japan

WORLD'S BEST PORTER
Meantime London Porter (6.5%): UK

WORLD'S BEST WHEAT BEER
Brasserie Du Bocq Blanche de Namur (4.5%): Belgium

WORLD'S BEST FLAVOURED WHEAT BEER
Sam Adams Imperial White (10.3%): US

WORLD'S BEST DARK WHEAT BEER
Weinhenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel (5.3%): Germany

WORLD'S BEST SPECIALITY BEER
Dark Star Espresso (4.2%): UK

WORLD'S BEST NON-FLAVOURED SPECIALITY BEER
Rogue Smoke Ale (7%): US

WORLD'S BEST NEW RELEASE 2009
Fuller's Vintage Ale 2008 (9%): UK

5 Comments:

Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

I do not agrre with any of them that I have tasted. It is their opinion not mine.

01 August 2009 14:21  
Anonymous Fatman said...

How many 'awards' are 'awarded' to the beers in this country in any one year? By my reckoning, there's one for every beer available at the very least.

It is madness - one day no-one will take any notice, mark my words.

01 August 2009 14:39  
Blogger Roger Protz said...

Johnny: Sally Toms, editor of Beers of the World, and organiser of the awards, commented that there were wide differences in the marking of the judges. The final awards are an aggregate of the judges' marks: there is no other way of reaching a decision.
Fatman: too many awards or a welcome and growing appreciation of the subject?

01 August 2009 18:23  
Anonymous James said...

It is great that Japanese brewers are now exploring a variety of brewing styles and they are recognized as world leaders. I am fortunate to be able to drink Japanese beers quite easily here in Japan. I am really happy that they have global recognizition and they have a chance to show what they can do on the world stage. Let's hope that the Japanese brewers can continue to impress!!

03 August 2009 14:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah.
I like Japanese Beers. I regularly drink Asahi Super Dry - and I like their black beers as well, too.
Lots of good beers in Asia but, I'm afraid that Korean beers have a bit of catching up to do. For exmaple Hite is bland and is only good as a thirst quencher.
One of my favorite beers from the UK would be 'Dark Island' - think it is from the Orkney brewery.
Well, at the end of the day doesn't it all just boil down to preference?
ZsaZsa

08 August 2009 06:22  

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