Larkspur, CA – Brewers from five continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges at 2008 Brewers Association World Beer Cup. The seventh bi-annual competition announced awards to brewers from 21 countries ranging from Australia and Italy to Bolivia and Japan. “Brewers all over the world participate in order to win recognition for their creativity and brewing ability,” said Charlie Papazian, President of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996. This year, 644 breweries from 58 countries and 45 U.S. states vied for awards with 2,864 beers entered in 91 beer style categories. Brewers from the United States won 185 of the 268 style category awards and four of the five Champion Brewery/Brewer awards.
Marin Brewing Company is proud to claim three of those 185 awards, taking a silver medal in the Foreign Style Stout category for San Quentin Breakout Stout, a bronze medal for Tiburon Blonde in the Belgian and French-style ale category and a bronze medal in the American Wheat Wine Ale category for Star Brew. Brewmaster Arne Johnson was very pleased with his overall performance in a year when competition was extraordinarily high.
Judges from 21 countries participated in this year’s competition, working in teams to conduct blind tasting evaluations of the beers and determine the awards. Drawn from the ranks of professional brewers and brewing industry experts, 129 judges came mostly from international breweries, with 64 percent from outside the United States. For a complete list of winners visit www.beertown.org, for more information about Marin Brewing Company award winning ales visit www.marinbrewing.com