Brazil tops 2017 World Beer Awards

Susanna Forbes

Susanna Forbes

14 August 2017

Brazil topped the charts at the 2017 World Beer Awards, being crowned the World’s Best in 10 styles, and edging out traditional beer countries including Belgium, the USA and the UK.

Canada also did well, tying with Belgium on nine World’s Best winners, with the UK in fourth place on eight, and Germany in fifth with seven.

Brazil’s wins came across the board, ranging from popular styles such as Amber, Golden and Belgian-style Witbier and Tripels, over to the more esoteric, winning both the Chocolate & Coffee, and Fruit & Vegetable categories.

Canada’s tally included two dark gongs – Black IPA and Porter – and two sours, one for Gueuze, the other for Lambic.

Leffe scored two of Belgium’s wins, with its Blonde and Rituel beers, while Liefmans picked up a World’s Best for its Goudenband lambic.

Three of the six Speciality styles went Belgium’s way, including Brunehaut’s Gluten-Free Tripel – coincidentally, Brunehaut’s Blanche topped Imbibe’s gluten-free tasting, in the September/October issue.

Edinburgh Beer Factory – the creators of the Paolozzi Lager – were first off the mark for Britain, scoring with their Bunk! Edinburgh Brown Ale. Staying in Scotland, Stewart Brewing won the over 5% Bitter gong.

Long Man Brewery from Sussex topped the Mild charts, with Old Man, while Joseph Holt in Manchester picked up the two top awards in the Honey & Maple category.

Hook Norton topped the trendy Rye category, with Red Rye. New brewer Big Drop won the Low-Strength Pale category with its Citrus Pale Ale, while at the other end of the scale, frequent podium-toppers veteran brewers Harvey’s won with its Imperial Extra Double Stout.

Perhaps not unexpectedly, three of Germany’s wins came from wheat beer styles. Notable among the US winners were Samuel Adams, one of only two breweries to score two World’s Bests. Two of the North Carolina contingent who exhibited at Imbibe Live this year scored: Catawba Brewing Co won the highly coveted IPA title, and Pig Pounder won with its Boar Brown, brown ale.

Elsewhere, Guinness won the Strong Porter category with its West Indies Porter, the beer launched a few years ago based on an 1801 recipe and crafted as part of the brewery’s Open Gate Brewers Project.

This year the WBA saw a 30% increase in entries. Initial rounds are hosted at a number of key locations around the world, with the final round held on 9 August, to coincide with CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival.

Find the full results here.

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