Following similar success at last year’s WBAs, Brewing Director Roger Ryman’s passion for the historic, monastery-inspired brews of the low countries was rewarded again this year, as Cardinal Syn picked up Country Best in the Belgian-style Strong category and Bad Habit ticked all the boxes in the Belgian-style Tripel category.
With over 1900 beers from more than 36 countries entered into the 72 styles of the annual World Beer Awards, judges blind tasted and scored the entries over two rounds of judging to reach their final verdicts.
Delighted at repeating his double WBA success, Ryman commented, “I’ve always been a great fan of the complexity of Belgian ales and it is because of that complexity that they are hard to recreate successfully. To gain Best in Country twice for both of our Belgian-inspired beers at the World Beer Awards is a real honour and a great reward for the hard work our brewing team puts in at the Small Batch Brewery, especially as the judging is carried out by industry professionals and experts.”
Meanwhile, at the European Beer Star 2017 awards, also judged by industry experts, another of our Belgian-inspired beers, Sayzon Farmhouse Ale, picked up gold – a success that is even more impressive considering that a record number of 2,151 beers from 46 countries were submitted to this year’s awards.
Saison or 'Farmhouse Ale' is the term used for a beer style that was produced on the farms of Wallonia in southern Belgium as part-payment for harvest workers. So the story goes, whoever brewed the best ale got the pick of the available workforce. Sayzon, St Austell’s Cornish interpretation, is brewed with a blend of barley, wheat and oat malts, then gently spiced with ginger, coriander, lemon and lime zest for a truly unique taste.
The European Beer Star competition was launched 14 years ago, and has become one of the most sought after prizes in the international brewing world – as well as one of the toughest. Private Brauereien has sponsored the awards since 2004 to attract the attention deserved by special, hand-crafted beers that are full of character and, as CEO Oliver Dawid states, "The new record participation in the European Beer Star this year proves the high regard that the prize enjoys in the international brewing world",
While back in London, Adrian Tierney-Jones, European Chairman of the World Beer Awards said, “The winners in this year’s World Beer Awards demonstrate that the global beer revolution is not going to go away any time soon.”
All three of our Belgian-inspired award winners are available online at www.staustellbreweryshop.co.uk or at the Visitor Centre in St Austell. Why not come along and see what else has been brewing at the home of Cornwall favourite beers?
More information about the World Beer Awards can be found at www.worldbeerawards.com with details regarding European Beer Star winners available at www.european-beer-star.com.