Double Gold For BentSpoke In World's Oldest Beer Competition

March 23, 2024, by Media Release

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Double Gold For BentSpoke In World's Oldest Beer Competition

BentSpoke have claimed two gold medals at the International Brewing Awards in the UK. The Canberra brewers are no strangers to awards success and this time out won with Barley Griffin and the non-alc beer that debuted last year, Freewheeler.

The International Brewing Awards are the world's oldest, with the competition running since 1886. Only 30 gold medals were awarded, with half going to brewers from the host nation.

You can read more about the outcome of the 2024 competition in the media release below.


Brewers and Cidermakers from Around the World Crowned at Industry ‘Oscars’  

 

30 beers took home a Gold, including half from British brewers and nine from the Far East 

Of the 13 cider Golds, five went to USA and three to cidermakers from the Nordic nations 

67 different brewers and cidermakers from 21 countries have received accolades at the world’s most historic international beer and cider competition, The International Brewing & Cider Awards 2024, which has taken place this week – for the first time ever – in Manchester.  

Today, following three days of deliberation from an international panel of 38 judges from around the world, 115 medals were awarded to beers and ciders including winners from Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Norway, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and the UK.   

For the first time in its 138-year history, Manchester hosted the brewing industry ‘Oscars’ which date back to 1886 and have a rich history championing the world’s best brewers and cider-makers. 

30 Gold beer medal winners were awarded, including six from Japan (Isekado Brewery, Kirin Holdings Company and Spring Valley Brewery) and one each from China (Tsingtao Brewery), Taiwan (Buckskin) and Thailand (Chang). 

Scottish brewers Tennents Caledonian Breweries and Brewgooder each took home a Gold while English brewers lapped up 13 Gold medals including two for Manchester’s own Joseph Holt Ltd. 

In the cider competition, 13 gold medals were awarded including five to US-based cidermakers – two for Bauman’s Cider Company, plus one each for 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Portland Cider Company and Black Apple Hard Ciderie.  

The Nordic nations of Finland (Lepola Drinks) and Norway (OmCider AS and Aide A/S) scooped three alongside Stonewell Cider in Ireland who took home two Golds. Valle, Ballina y Fernandez SA (Spain), Phantom of the Orchard (England) and Dunkertons Organic Cider (England) each won a Gold.

The International Brewing & Cider Awards relocated to Depot Mayfield in Manchester this year and – in another first – was accompanied by a public festival. The two-day International Brewing & Cider Festival will provide a rare opportunity for the public to sample the range of beers and ciders entered into the competition, including the award-winners.

The judging for The International Brewing & Cider Awards took place over three days between 19th – 21st March and provided an unparalleled opportunity for brewers and cidermakers to have their products evaluated by internationally acclaimed, commercially practicing international brewers and cidermakers, led by Chair of Beer Judging, Rob McCaig and Chair of Cider Judging, Gabe Cook.  

Ruth Evans MBE, Director of the International Brewing & Cider Awards, said: “It’s been an honour to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary beers and ciders across the world at our new home here in Manchester. 

“We support the brewing and cidermaking industry on a not-for-profit basis, and the Awards has a long and rich history championing the best beers and ciders going into market.  

“This week, we’ve had some of the best brewers and cidermakers in the world judge our prestigious competition and I’d like to personally thank all of them, as well as all the brewers and cidermakers who entered their products to make this year’s Awards one to remember.  

“We’re thrilled to be able to continue to provide a platform to reward the best beers and ciders with the recognition they so truly deserve. And for the first time ever expand to launch our Festival, providing the public a chance to sample these award-winning drinks from the most extensive collection of international beers and cider in Europe.” 

Rob McCaig, Chair of Beer Judging, said: “We’ve had such an outstanding line up of judges from all corners of the world, and they’ve all done a remarkable job tasting and evaluating some of the finest beers from around the globe.  

“This year proved to be one of the toughest yet to determine which of the beers were deserving of a medal. We had an exceptional amount of great quality beers enter this year, making the job of our judging panel extremely difficult. It’s a shame we couldn’t award more medals, as there were so many beers that were deserving of the accolade – some of which narrowly missed out.  

“We saw a significant increase in entries in the Non & Low Alcohol category, which reflects the growing demand in the industry, and also saw an influx of international brewers enter the Smallpack Ale category, which is very promising. Historically, this category has often been dominated by the UK, but this year saw the inclusion of breweries from Japan, North America and South America.”    

Gabe Cook, Chair of Cider Judging, said: “It has been a great pleasure once again to chair the world’s premier cider competition. This year has been the best calibre of judges we’ve ever had, coming from all over the world including Japan, Latvia, Norway, USA, Spain and the UK.  

“The incredible global range has also been reflected in the cider entries, with entries arriving from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America.  

“This has undoubtably been the most difficult competition to judge – the quality of ciders has been truly, so high. It’s great to see that cidermakers have been upping their game on the quality, and those that were awarded a medal in their category is a recognition truly deserved.  

“We have seen a lot of fun and playful ciders being entered into the Open Class, which provides cidermakers with a bit of freedom to do something a little different, which is always nice to see.”  

The competition’s unique approach to the judging process sets it apart from other awards, which ensures each beer and cider is judged fairly and rigorously on its quality and commercial value. The 38 strong judging panel was chosen to reflect the current expertise in the tasting and commercial evaluation of beers and ciders going into the market and blind tasted hundreds of beers and ciders submitted by brewers and cidermakers from around the world. It is these values that has earnt it the reputation as the ‘Oscars of the brewing and cider world’.   

All the gold, silver and bronze medal winners announced at Depot Mayfield, Manchester will collect their medals at an official Awards Ceremony on 1st May 2024 at The Guildhall in London, when 12 trophy winners will also be announced. 

A full list of all 2024 medal winners can be found on The International Brewing & Cider Awards’ website: www.brewingawards.org  

The International Brewing & Cider Awards 2024 are supported by headline sponsors; Barth-Haas Group, Krones and Fermentis. Trophy sponsors include; drinktech + Marketing, The Morning Advertiser, Brauwelt, BFBI, All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, British Guild of Beer Writers, Institute of Brewing & Distilling.

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