JUNEAU, AK—Alaskan Brewing Company was recognized with two medals at the European Beer Star 2013 awards ceremony held Sept. 18 in Munich, Germany. Alaskan Oatmeal Stout and Alaskan Smoked Porter were both recognized with Silver Medals, two of the 37 medals won by US brewers in this annual international beer competition. Germany held on to the top medal count with a total of 56.
Alaskan Co-Founder Geoff Larson was on hand to accept the awards. “We are extremely proud of the fact that our beers are recognized in this international field that brings together some of the best beers from across the globe,” Larson said. “And it is amazing to win at a competition right here in Europe.”
The competition saw 1,512 beers entered from 40 different countries, organized into 51 separate categories. The Alaskan beers were recognized in the Smoked Beer and Sweet Stout categories.
“I am especially happy about our Alaskan Oatmeal Stout getting this award,” said Larson. “A lot of people have heard about our Alaskan Smoked Porter, and we are very appreciative that it has once again earned an international award, but our Oatmeal Stout does not get as much coverage and has been one of my favorites for over 20 years. So it feels great to have it honored as one of the best stouts in the world.”
The Alaskan Oatmeal Stout and Alaskan Smoked Porter have both won awards at the European Beer Star Awards in the past, and they will also be entered into the Great American Beer Festival next month. The Alaskan Smoked Porter judged in this competition is the 2012 vintage. The 2013 Limited Edition Alaskan Smoked Porter will be released this year Nov. 1.
About Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaskan Brewing Co. has been making award-winning beer in Juneau, Alaska, since 1986. The Alaskan Brew Crew bottles the unique character of the Last Frontier with historic recipes, local ingredients and glacier-fed water. Alaskan Brewing handcrafts Amber, Freeride APA, White, IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Smoked Porter, Winter Ale, Summer Ale and an array of limited edition beers in the Alaskan Pilot Series.