World’s Best Beer Awards Announced
on 07/10/13 at 9:19 amBeer
The World Beer Awards are the global awards selecting the very best internationally recognised beer styles. This annual tasting selects, awards and promotes the ‘World’s Best Beers’ to consumers and the trade throughout the world. Beers must be generally available and for sale in bottles or cans.
Judging is blind with regional style heats held in Asia, Europe and the Americas. All regions have their own Chairman and group of judges who select the style winners in their region. Style winners from all regions are then tasted against each other to select the World’s Best Style. From these world winners the judges can then select the World’s Best categories, from which the World’s Best Beer is selected.
Brewers, agents, importers, wholesalers and retailers for any beer or brewery anywhere in the world can enter the competition.
The eight categories are based upon the common beer groupings and within each category the beers are grouped by ‘style’, rather than origin. Some styles are, by definition, regional or national.
The winners are as follows:
The World’s Best Wheat Beer - Primator Weizenbier, Czech Republic
World’s Best Dark Beer - Malheur 12, Belgium
World’s Best Lager - Sharp’s Cornish Pilsner, UK
World’s Best Flavoured Beer - Tazawako Beer Rauch, Japan
World’s Best Pale Beer - Maison de Brasseur Thou, France
World’s Best Sour Beer – Lindemans Old Kriek Cuvee Rene, Belgium
World’s Best Speciality Beer - Le Trou du Diable La Bretteuse Brassin Special, Canada
World’s Best Stout & Porter - Minoh Beer Imperial Stout, Japan
World’s Best Label - Deschutes The Dissident, USA
European chairman, Adrian Tierney-Jones, said: “It’s fabulous to see that the best lager has been won by Sharp’s for their scintillating Cornish Pilsner, proof that the lagers of the UK are no longer a laughing matter.
“While we’re talking turn-ups for the book, it is also intriguing that the world’s best beer goes to Czech brewery Primator, for their Weissbier, a style that had died out in the country while continuing to thrive next door in Germany.
“Belgium makes a strong showing with two categories deservedly under its belt especially meaty, robust Malheur 12. Congratulations also go to the winners from France and Canada. It£s the presence of two Japanese beers that demonstrates that that country’s craft brewing industry is really starting to contend with the best beers around the world - which is what the World Beer Awards is all about, getting the world’s best beers recognised for the beautiful drinks that they are.”