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Craft beer’s continued growth partly hinges on international success and it’s great to see Bay Area breweries getting accolades in big time competitions across the pond. They’ve been getting a little help from the Brewers Association as members of the Export Development Program, which seeks to upend America’s fizzy lager reputation. Notable awards were recently handed out at the European Beer Star Competition and the Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival.

European Beer Star Competition

In it’s eighth year this competition has become one of the most prestigious events in the world. Over 1,100 beers from 39 countries were evaluated in 49 different categories. According to the competition organizers, “Prizes are awarded to the beers which best fulfill the respective type criteria, and whose taste and quality impresses the most.” Congratulations to Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant for taking home silver in the Imperial Stout category for Ryan Sullivan’s Imperial Stout.

Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival

Europe’s largest beer and whiskey trade show celebrated it’s 20th anniversary by evaluating a record breaking 1,200 competition entries and welcoming 34,000 attendees. In this event, not only did Lagunitas Brewing capture a gold medal in the Modern Style Ale (6% and above) category for New Dog Town Pale Ale, but the same beer also took home the inaugural Beer of Festival award for receiving the highest rated score among the gold medal winners.

Congratulations to our local brewers!