Something rather exciting happened over the weekend – Northern Monk did something that no other English Brewery has ever done. They won a World Beer Cup Medal for an IPA…
There were 6,596 entries from 1,907 breweries in 55 different countries – but only 287 awards were handed out and Northern Monk bagged one of them. Not only that, but they became the first English brewery ever to win a medal in an IPA category (and there are a lot of them). Not bad going for a Brewery that only brought out their first beer in 2013.
The winning beer, which you’ll surely all be rushing out to try, if you haven’t already, was their Eternal Session IPA – and it took the Bronze medal in its category. It was up against stiff competition, with 111 entries in the Session India Pale Ale category, but in the end, only two breweries finished above them – Little Secret from Triptych Brewing took Gold, while Down to Earth from 21st Amendment Brewery took Silver.
Northern Monk were one of just six UK breweries to walk away with a medal in this year’s World Beer Cup. Huddersfield’s Magic Rock took a Silver medal in the Honey Beer category for Cross-Pollination, while Thornbridge Brewery, over in the Peak District, bagged the Gold and Silver medals with Love Among the Ruins and Days of Creation in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category. Only 22 breweries managed to bag 2 awards, so hats off to them. Camden Town Brewery, Harviestoun Brewery and Meantime Brewing Co. also took medals home.
It’s worth saying that this was the most competitive World Beer Cup yet, with 1,842 more beers entered in 2016 than the last time the awards took place in 2014. That’s an increase 38.5%, which makes Northern Monk’s achievement even more impressive. It’s a testament to the quality of their beers that they were chosen by the team of 253 elite judges from 31 countries.
As Charlie Papazian, founder of the Brewers Association who organise the event, puts it, “The World Beer Cup recognises the very best in the global community of brewers – their innovation, creativity and the craft of beer and brewing.” And Northern Monk is right up there with the best of them.