Craft Brew Alliance Wins Eight Awards at Great International Beer & Cider Competition

PORTLAND, OR – Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (“CBA”) BREW -1.71% , an independent craft brewing company, announced that it brought home a total of eight awards from the 2013 Great International Beer & Cider Competition. Widmer Brothers Brewing, Redhook, Omission, and Square Mile Cider Co. all garnered awards at the competition, which was held November 8 in Providence, RI.

“We are thrilled that six of our beers and two of our ciders were recognized in this increasingly popular competition,” said President of Commercial Operations, Andy Thomas. “Our winning brands competed among 575 beers and ciders, and it’s a great testimonial to our exceptional brewing teams to have such a strong showing across our portfolio in this competition.”

CBA Awards Highlights

– Widmer Brothers Brrr Seasonal Ale; first place, “American Amber” category

– Widmer Brothers Barrel-Aged Brrrbon ’13; first place, “Strong Ale” category

– Widmer Brothers Alchemy Ale; third place, “American Pale Ale” category

– Omission Lager; second place, “Helles Lager” category

– Redhook ESB; third place, “English-style ESB” category

– Redhook Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter; third place, “Fruit & Spice – Ale” category

– Square Mile Cider Co. The Original; second place, “Common Cider” category

– Square Mile Cider Co. Spur & Vine Hopped Cider; second place, “Specialty Cider” category

This year, 575 beers and ciders from breweries and cideries across the U.S. and around the world entered the competition, with 98 professional brewers, beer industry professionals (retail and distribution) and beer journalists serving as judges in a blind tasting format. First, second and third place awards were presented in 48 categories of ales, lagers and ciders. The judges knew only the style and subcategory of each beer and cider. Since the competition began in 1997, over 2,000 beers and ciders have been judged. For the complete list of this year’s awards and winners, visit http://www.distilleryage.com/GIBC_2013_WINNERS.doc.

For more information about the CBA’s award-winning brands, visit www.craftbrew.com.

About Craft Brew Alliance

CBA is an independent, publicly traded craft brewing company that was formed through the merger of leading Pacific Northwest craft brewers – Widmer Brothers Brewing and Redhook Ale Brewery – in 2008. With an eye toward preserving and growing one-of-a-kind craft beers and brands, CBA welcomed Kona Brewing Company in 2010, and then launched Omission beer in 2012 and Square Mile Cider Company in 2013.

When Kurt & Rob Widmer founded Widmer Brothers Brewing in 1984, they didn’t confine their brewing exploration to strict style guidelines. To this day, Widmer Brothers continues to create craft beers with a unique and unconventional twist on traditional styles that are award winning and please a wide range of craft beer lovers. Redhook began in a Seattle transmission shop in 1981 and those colorful roots are reflected in the brand’s personality to this day. The eminently drinkable beers consistently win awards and please crowds across the United States. Kona Brewing was founded in 1994 by the father and son team of Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who dreamed of crafting fresh, local-island brews with spirit, passion and quality. As the largest craft brewery in Hawaii, Kona personifies the laid-back, passionate lifestyle and environmental respect of the Hawaiian people and culture. Omission beer is the first craft beer brand in the United States focused exclusively on brewing great tasting craft beers with traditional beer ingredients, including malted barley, that are specially crafted to remove gluten. Square Mile Cider was inspired by the fortitude and perseverance of the original pioneers and reinvigorates an enduringly classic beverage with its blend of apples hand-selected for the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

For more information, visit: www.craftbrew.com.

SOURCE: Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.