Brew­ery’s suc­cess at ‘Beer Olympics’

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - BY MYLES BUCHANAN

FOL­LOW­ING on from last year’s suc­cess, Wick­low Brew­ery con­tin­ues to make quite the splash in the world of craft beer af­ter land­ing awards and three Coun­try medals at the In­ter­na­tional Beer Awards and In­ter­na­tional Beer Chal­lenge.

Beers were en­tered in the var­i­ous cat­e­gories at the awards, which ac­knowl­edge the skill of the brewer and are both in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised sym­bols of qual­ity which are dis­played on bot­tle la­bels. Brew­eries from all over the globe en­ter to be tasted by renowned in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try judges who award medals on ap­pear­ance, aroma, taste and fin­ish.

Wick­low Brew­ery en­tries saw their Wick­low Helles Lager crowned the World Beer Awards Win­ner. WB40 IPA was a World Beer Awards Coun­try Win­ner and also re­ceived a In­ter­na­tional Beer Chal­lenge Silver Medal. Hop­knut Pale Ale was a World Beer Awards Coun­try Win­ner and a win­ner of an In­ter­na­tional Beer Chal­lenge Silver Medal. Wick­low Weiss was awarded a World Beer Awards Gold Medal, St Kevin’s Red Ale re­ceived a World Beer Awards Bronze Medal and GingerKnut Gin­ger Beer won an In­ter­na­tional Beer Chal­lenge Bronze Medal.

Wick­low Brew­ery op­er­ates out of Mickey Finn’s Pub of Red­cross in Septem­ber 2014 and has al­ready made a ma­jor im­pact in the com­pet­i­tive craft-beer mar­ket. Last year Wick­low Brew­ery’s Hop­Knut Pale Ale won a Gold Medal at the In­ter­na­tional Beer Chal­lenge and went on to take the top tro­phy for the ‘Best Ale un­der 5 per cent ‘ at this in­ter­na­tion­ally judged event.

Speak­ing af­ter their lat­est suc­cess, Leigh Wil­liams of Wick­low Brew­ery said: ‘we were ab­so­lutely de­lighted with how things went. We sent over our en­tries to the judges in Lon­don but we didn’t re­ally know what would hap­pen. To win so many medals and to take home three Coun­try Win­ner Medals is a great achieve­ment. Th­ese awards are like the ‘Beer Olympics’ so it re­ally helps put us on the in­ter­na­tional map. The awards give us a lot of ku­dos be­cause you are be­ing judged up against the best.

‘The Wick­low Helles Lager is one of the first brews we made so its great to see that re­ceive so much recog­ni­tion. The WB-40 IPA is only out re­cently but we had high hopes for it in the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause of the great feed­back we have been re­ceiv­ing over it.’

Wick­low Brew­ery con­tin­ues to ex­pand and are in the process of get­ting in more brew­ing tanks. Hav­ing con­sol­i­dated the Wick­low mar­ket, there are also plans to fo­cus more on out­side mar­kets such as Dublin and Wex­ford.

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