A-B Brands Win Big at North American Beer Awards
Anheuser-Busch brought home 15 medals from the North American Beer Awards, with its newest brand – Stella Artois Cidre – earning a gold medal in the cider category.
Budweiser Black Crown, the crowd-sourced favorite introduced in February following the St. Louis brewer’s Project 12 initiative last year, won a bronze medal in the amber lager category. Other gold medal beers for the company include Leffe Brune, O’Doul’s and Hurricane High Gravity.
“There are a number of great breweries in North America, and I’m proud to say that Anheuser-Busch won more medals than any other brewer,” said Pete Kraemer, head brewmaster for Anheuser-Busch. “We invest extra cost, time and extensive checks to produce the best and most consistent beers in the world. That’s why we are so proud of all our beers, the farmers we work with to ensure our beers get the best ingredients and the people from coast to coast and around the world who brew them.”
The North American Beer Awards is organized by the North American Brewers Association. This year more than 1,400 beers were entered by brewers of all sizes from across the country. In blind samplings, panels of judges comprised of brewmasters, beer writers and certified beer judges evaluated flights organized by style. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for each category at a ceremony in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
The full list of winners from Anheuser-Busch and the categories are as follows: