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International Brewing & Cider Awards trophy winners announced

Winners from across the globe have received their trophy for their outstanding beers and ciders at the world’s most historic international beer and cider competition, the International Brewing & Cider Awards.

The ceremony, held at the Guildhall, London, crowned 13 trophy winners – 10 beers and three ciders – from 115 medal winners around the world in their respective categories.

Beers and ciders from four different continents were awarded – and for the first time in the Awards’ 138-year history, two trophy winners were awarded in The International Smallpack Ale competition.

Australian Bentspoke Brewing Co. with its Barley Griffin and USA’s Samuel Adams Wicked Hazy, brewed by the Boston Beer Company, each earned the highest recognition for their outstanding contributions in the category.

In the UK, the only brewery with a Royal warrant to the castle – Windsor & Eton Brewery – won The International Keg Lager trophy with its Capital Dry Hopped Lager, London’s Forest Road Brewing Company received The International Cask Conditioned Ale trophy with WORK, and Melton-based Round Corner Brewing Ltd scooped The International Keg Ale trophy for their Drovers Hazy Session IPA.

Asia scooped four trophies including Japan’s Kirin Holdings Company for its KIRIN ICHIBAN, and Isekado Brewery with its NAMA-KADO Smoked Oyster Stout.

Tokyo-based Spring Valley Brewery was awarded The Speciality Beer trophy for the second time in a row and China’s Tsingtao Brewery Co. Ltd won The International Strong Beer award with Tsingtao Legend.

In The International Non & Low Alcohol competition Spain’s S.A. Damm was awarded a trophy for its Free Damm.

In the cider awards, Cotswold Cider Company won The International Innovative Cider trophy for its Phantom of the Orchard, while USA triumphed in The International Classic Cider Competition with Portland Cider Company taking home the trophy for its Original Gold. Stonewell Cider from Ireland picked up The International Flavoured Cider trophy with Rós.

A three-day judging process to decide the winners took place in March 2024 at Depot Mayfield in Manchester, UK and comprised 38 working professionals in the brewing and cidermaking industries from across the globe, led by Chair of Beer Judging, Rob McCaig and Chair of Cider Judging, Gabe Cook.

The judges were chosen to reflect the current expertise in the tasting and commercial evaluation of beers and ciders going into the market.

“It’s been such an honour to continue to recognise the extraordinary beers and ciders across the world and celebrate all their achievements as they collected their awards at our ceremony this week,” says Ruth Evans MBE, Director of the International Brewing & Cider Awards.

“This year we received an unprecedented level of high-quality beers and ciders, making it one of the toughest competitions to judge to date – and resulted in two brewers receiving the highest recognition in our Smallpack Ale competition.

“We’re thrilled to be able to continue to provide a platform to reward the best beers and ciders with the credit they so truly deserve. Awards like these are so important in raising a company’s profile and help their beers and ciders stand out from the crowd.

“This year we’ve crowned winners from all over the world including Australia, China, Japan, Spain, Ireland, USA and the UK and we’d like to congratulate each brewer and cidermaker who received recognition at this year’s International Brewing & Cider Awards for their continued efforts pushing the boundaries within the brewing and cidermaking industry,” she says.

A full list of all 2024 medal and trophy winners can be found here.

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