Cooperstown, New York’s tranquil Brewery Ommegang sent up a boisterous cheer on Friday night when they were named the Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for mid-size brewing companies, and won three individual beer awards at the 2016 World Beer Cup SM competition. The brewery won a gold medal for its newest beer,Rosetta, in the Belgian-style fruit beer category, a bronze for Three Philosophers in the Belgian-style dubbel and quadrupel category, and a bronze for Gnomegang in the Belgian-style tripel category. The World Beer Cup’s SM biennial awards ceremony was held in Philadelphia on Friday, May 6.
Breweries that produce between 15,001 and six million barrels a year are considered mid-size and in 2016, nearly 350 breweries participated in the World Beer Cup SM competition at that level. Ommegang was one of only six breweries to win three individual beer awards at the event.
“This is a tremendous achievement for our brewery and a testament to the skill and passion of our brewing, packaging, quality, maintenance, and warehouse teams,” said Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “We never go to an event expecting to win. We believe our beers to be very high quality and we know they’re beloved by many, but so are many beers from many breweries all over the country and the world. To win a single award at the World Beer Cup SM is quite an achievement, but to win three along with the Champion Mid-Size Brewery Award leaves us a bit speechless.”
The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group that protects and promotes America’s small, independent craft brewers, created the World Beer Cup SM competition in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing. The 1996 competition was held with 600 beers and 250 breweries competing from 20 countries. Held biennially since then, the World Beer Cup SM has grown into one of the largest and most prestigious events in the international brewing industry. This year’s competition boasted 6,596 beers judged in 96 categories, beers from 1,907 breweries from 55 countries. Judging was completed by approximately 260 judges from 31 countries, 75% of them from outside the United States.
Brewery Ommegang’s sister brewery Boulevard Brewing Company from Kansas City, MO was also a big winner that night. They were awarded pair of awards: gold for The Sixth Glass in the Belgian-style dark strong ale category and silver for Tank 7 in the American-Belgo-style ale category.
About Brewery Ommegang
Brewery Ommegang, part of the legendary Belgian brewery Duvel Moortgat, opened in 1997 to craft-brew fine Belgian-style ales. Ommegang brews eight ales year-round, as well as an extensive and imaginative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 46 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York, USA and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 100-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.