Fullmoon Brew Works | 5 Most Prestigious Beer Competitions You Should Know About
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5 Most Prestigious Beer Competitions You Should Know About

You’ve seen what different types of craft beer there are, you know where to find them and you’ve learned the lingo. Now it’s time to boldly go where no typical after-hour raveller has gone before. Whether you consider yourself a novice or a connoisseur, it’s time we introduced you to another colourful character in the world of brewing: beer competitions (so by colourful, we mean gold, silver and bronze).

Here are 5 prestigious ones of those you should know about.

World Beer Cup

Dubbed “the Olympics of Beer Competitions”, the World Beer Cup is one of the most prestigious beer competition in the world. The biannual awards were founded by the Brewers Association after it had observed how beer choices have gone from small to exploding internationally as well as how quality beers are no longer brewed within their area of origin (Belgian beers in Japan! German bock in Brazil!). So every two years, 200 judges gather in Philadelphia to decide on and recognise worthy brews and brewmasters in over 90 categories. 2016 sees as many 6,596 beer entries from around the globe, the highest number since the competition was first held in 1996.

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International Brewing Awards

Dubbed “the Olympics of Beer Competitions”, the World Beer Cup is one of the most prestigious beer competition in the world. The biannual awards were founded by the Brewers Association after it had observed how beer choices have gone from small to exploding internationally as well as how quality beers are no longer brewed within their area of origin (Belgian beers in Japan! German bock in Brazil!). So every two years, 200 judges gather in Philadelphia to decide on and recognise worthy brews and brewmasters in over 90 categories. 2016 sees as many 6,596 beer entries from around the globe, the highest number since the competition was first held in 1996.

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International Beer Challenge

For 20 years the International Beer Challenge has rewarded and promoted excellent beers from entries around the world, and there’s a catch. The IBC’s go beyond presenting gold, silver and bronze medals to the best-tasting, most aromatic quality brews, and trophies to excellent brewers from 5 continents and a Supreme Champion Brewer; the British competition also recognises what many normally overlook: Importer of the Year, Retailer of the Year, as well as the best in design and packaging. In 2016, experts and seasoned judges awarded 277 bronze medals, 59 silver medals, 61 gold medals along with 23 trophies.

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Best of Craft Beer Awards

With the growing trend and ever-expanding variety of choices, it’s no surprise that the art and science of craft beer have an award ceremony dedicated to them. Having been held for 3 times since 2014, the Best of Craft Beer Awards don’t shy away from the fact that they’re a new 21+ kid on the block. But, much like craft beer itself, the Oregon-based competition was crafted to benefit micro-breweries to the fullest, which is why hundreds of entries are submitted each year to be judged across 68 categories. The competition is currently, and sadly, limited to applicants in the US, but we hope it runs internationally in the near future.

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World Beer Awards

The World Beer Awards, or the WBA’s, are part of the World Drinks Awards series, which honour the best of internationally reorganised alcoholic drinks, ranging from rum to vodka, from traditional mescal to modern premix (oh yes, it’s a whole world out there), and of course our favourite malty drink. Held annually since 2007, the competition selects its winners in 8 categories and over 60 subcategories based on common beer groupings and brewing styles, rather than origin. You’ll be glad to learn that it is at this year’s competition that Full Moon Brewworks’ own Chalawan Pale Ale was named Thailand’s Best Beer and awarded a gold medal in the pale ale category.

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So celebrate this golden success, if you will, with us and a bottle of yours truly. Or pop by Full Moon Brewworks, Phuket to check out a wide selection of Thai craft beer brewed with local mastery and locally sourced ingredients. Because, at the end of the day, no experts’ opinions or medals would matter if you didn’t try out for yourself. We won’t meet our match until we meet your tastebuds.

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