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SPECIAL REPORT: World Beer Awards winners

An international and highly respected judging panel has identified the best beers in each of the eight categories of the annual World Beer Awards. With over 1000 beers from more than 30 countries, judges blind tasted and scored the entries over four rounds of judging. The final two rounds were held in London, where 50 international brewers, industry experts and journalists tasted and voted on the World’s Best Beers before the 2015 Country Winners were announced. Judges named Fish Tale Ales – Beyond the Pale – as the World’s Best Beer.

Adrian Tierney-Jones, european chairman of the World Beer Awards says: “After four arduous rounds of beer tasting and evaluating the merits of beers from all over the world I’m very pleased to see the results of our hard labours – the spread of winners shows the quality of entries from all over the world. These beers managed to please a hand-picked group of beer experts and writers from Europe, Asia and USA. For the last two rounds, for the first time, we invited brewers to join the tasting panel to help us find the World’s Best. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the judges for all their professionalism and dedication – it’s been a pleasure working with them.”

Category Winners:

World’s Best Beer & World's Best Pale Beer  Fish Tale Ales, Beyond The Pale

World's Best Dark Beer   VanderGhinste, Oud Bruin

World's Best Flavoured Beer  Rodenbach, Rosso

World's Best Lager  Kronenbourg 1664, Millésime

World's Best Sour Beer  Timmermans, Oude Gueuze Limited Edition

World's Best Speciality Beer  Samuel Adams, Stony Brook Red

World's Best Stout & Porter  Deschutes, Obsidian Stout

World's Best Wheat Beer  Brasserie du Mont Blanc, La Blanche

World's Best Label   Mateo & Bernabé and Friends, 21 Mateo

For further information on the World Beer Awards 2015 including the country winners, Bronze, Silver and Gold medalists as well as regional style winners, images and tasting notes for all the winning beers go to



28 September 2015 - Rebecca Sterritt Paragraph Publishing, content manager