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Breweries win at European Beer Star

December 9, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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Breweries win at European Beer Star
Blue Sunday Sour by New Holland Brewing won gold at the 2014 European Beer Star competition in the Belgian-style sour ale category. Photo via

A pair of West Michigan breweries performed well at the European Beer Star competition in Nuremberg, Germany.

New Holland Brewing Co. and Founders Brewing Co. both took home medals at the event last month, which saw the most entries in the history of the annual competition. This year, more than 1,600 beers were entered from 42 countries.

This was the first time in the event’s 11-year history where the number of foreign beers exceeded German beers.

A jury of 105 members — made up of journalists, master brewers and beer experts — awarded gold, silver and bronze medals in 52 categories.

German breweries won 59 medals, followed by American breweries, which collected 39 medals. In all, breweries from 24 countries took home medals.

New Holland

Holland-based New Holland Brewing won the gold in the Belgian-style sour ale category with its Blue Sunday Sour.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, Calif. took the silver in the category with its Feral One.


In the Scotch ale/wee heavy category, Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids earned the silver with its Dirty Bastard.

Oskar Blues in Longmont, Colo. won the gold in the category with its Old Chub Scotch Ale.

Last year, Founders took home two medals: a gold medal in the herb and spice beer category with its Backstage Series beer Mango Magnifico Con Calor and a bronze medal in the Baltic-style porter category with its Founders Porter.

American heavyweights

Two American breweries performed exceptionally well at the European Beer Star: Firestone Walker and Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits in San Diego.

Firestone Walker also won the gold in the wood and barrel-aged strong beer category and the silver in the pale ale and India pale ale categories. Last year, Firestone Walker took home three gold medals.

Ballast Point took home the gold medal in the dry stout category and silvers in the English-style porter, sweet stout and English-style bitter categories. Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA took home a bronze last year.

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