Glendale, WI – In one of the toughest international beer competitions, the 2014 World Beer Cup, two beers from Sprecher Brewing Company were judged to be exceptional. Black Bavarian– Sprecher’s signature beer—beat out forty-six (46) other entries to take home a gold medal in the German-style Schwarzbier category. Shakparo, a West African-style beer, won a bronze medal in a field of seventeen (17) entries in the Gluten-Free beer category.
Randy Sprecher first made Black Bavarian as a homebrewer in 1972. It has long been one of Sprecher Brewing Company’s most highly regarded beers both among beer lovers and contests judges, though it has not previously won a World Cup medal. “We’re happy Black Bavarian got the recognition it deserves,” said Sprecher Brewmaster Craig Burge, a sentiment echoed by Randy Sprecher. “Shakparo winning a bronze medal is icing on the cake,” said Sprecher.
About the 2014 World Cup Beer Awards (From the Brewers Association):
The 2014 World Cup awards were presented at the conclusion of Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America┬« in Denver, Colo. Drawing the highest number of entries to date, this edition of the World Beer Cup saw 4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries representing 58 countries—a 21 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2012 World Beer Cup, which had 3,921 entries.
Brewers from five continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges at this tenth biennial competition, with brewers from 22 countries—ranging from Australia and Brazil to Taiwan and the United Kingdom—honored. Judges awarded 281 out of 282 total possible awards, reflecting the chance for one gold, one silver and one bronze award in each of 94 beer style categories.
About Sprecher Brewing Company
Maker of award-winning beers and gourmet sodas, Sprecher Brewing Company is Milwaukee’s first brewery since Prohibition. Established in 1985, Sprecher remains a leader in Wisconsin’s craft brewing industry. Sprecher Brewery is located at 701 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, WI. More information about its history, products, tours and Gift Shop hours can be found at www.sprecherbrewery.com.