Brewery’s success at ‘Beer Olympics’
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.