Peace Tree Brewing Company’s Blonde Fatale was awarded a Gold medal in the Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale category at the 2014 World Beer Cup® Award Ceremony this past Friday night. The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers—announced the results of one of the largest commercial beer competitions to date. The awards were presented at the conclusion of Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® in Denver, Colo.
Peace Tree Brewmaster Joe Kesteloot has a passion for Belgian-style beers and winning an award in this category is especially gratifying. Kesteloot first produced Blonde Fatale in 2010 as a celebration of the change in Iowa law which increased the allowable ABV (alcohol by volume) enabling Iowa breweries to brew styles above the former 6.25% limit. Prior to this change, Iowa breweries could not compete with many styles on the world stage. After a popular debut as a draft-only offering, Blonde Fatale was put into bottles in 2011 and has quickly become a best selling beer for Peace Tree. Beer drinkers have loved the delicate and unique flavors of this full bodied Belgian style beer as well as its attractive packaging.
It was the first time the Blonde Fatale had been entered in the global biennial competition which this year drew the highest number of entries to date. The 2014 competition of the World Beer Cup saw 4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries representing 58 countries—a 21 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2012 World Beer Cup, which had 3,921 entries. Brewers from five continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges at this tenth biennial competition, with brewers from 22 countries—ranging from Australia and Brazil to Taiwan and the United Kingdom—honored. Judges awarded 281 out of 282 total possible awards, reflecting the chance for one gold, one silver and one bronze award in each of 94 beer style categories. For more details on the World Beer Cup see www.worldbeercup.org.
“Brewers from around the globe participate in the World Beer Cup to win recognition for their creativity and brewing skills,” said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association. “For a brewer, a World Beer Cup gold award allows them to say that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world.”
About Peace Tree Brewing Company
Founded in 2009 by Dan McKay, Megan McKay and Scott Ziller, Peace Tree Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing handcrafted, full-flavored beers with a great attention to quality from its downtown brewery in Knoxville, Iowa. Brewmaster Joe Kesteloot has years of professional and home brewing experience combined with a true passion and creativity for developing his own unique recipes. The brewery operates a 20 barrel brewhouse and has steadily grown each year with expectations of producing 3500 barrels of beer in 2014. Peace Tree brands such as Blonde Fatale, Red Rambler, Hop Wrangler and a wide variety of seasonals are distributed throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas. www.peacetreebrewing.com
About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.