In London, an international judging panel has awarded the best beers entered in each country of the 71 different styles in the annual World Beer Awards. We now know which beers are awarded as the best in their country for each style. The winners get to use the prestigious World Beer Awards logo on their packaging. For every different style, a ‘Country Winner’ is chosen, followed by a gold, silver and bronze award winner. Family brewery Lindemans was awarded ‘Country Winner’ in both the ‘Gueuze’ and the ‘Kriek’ style.
“It is a prosperous time for lambic brewers. Beer lovers today are showing a great respect for true craftsmanship and tradition, and are always looking for more complex, authentic tastes. To keep up with centuries of tradition, the Lindemans family continuous to invest in both the quality and the production of their lambic, Old Gueuze and Old Kriek beers”, says Dirk Lindemans, General Manager of the Lindemans brewery.
“We are honoured to be awarded as Belgium’s best in the prestigious ‘Gueuze’ and ‘Kriek’ styles. After the many accolades of the past few years, it is again an important confirmation our Cuvée René ‘Old Kriek’ and ‘Old Gueuze’ are appreciated by the beer lovers", states Geert Lindemans, Co-General Manager.
All winners in the ‘Kriek’ and ‘Gueuze’ styles:
Country Winner - Lindemans: Old Gueuze Cuvée René
Gold - Brewery Boon: Oude Geuze Boon Black Label
Silver - Mort Subite: Oude Gueuze
Bronze - Brewery Boon: Oude Geuze Boon
Country Winner - Lindemans: Old Kriek Cuvée René
Gold - Mort Subite: Oude Kriek Lambic
Silver - Mort Subite: Kriek Lambic Tradition
Bronze - Wilderen Kriek: Cherry Beer
Bronze - Oud Beersel: Oude Kriek
Judging is still ongoing after these announcements, the overall ‘global’ winners will be revealed in September.