Deschutes Brewery Beers Take Top Honors at International Awards

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World Beer Awards Name the New Deschutes River Ale as World’s Best Bitter up to 4 Percent; the Abyss Takes Home Gold at the European Beer Star 2013

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Deschutes Brewery accepts a gold award for The Abyss at the European Beer Star 2013.

Winning awards at both these competitions is a testament to the hard work our brewing team puts into every beer we produce.

Deschutes Brewery beers took center stage at two recent international awards programs – World Beer Awards and European Beer Star 2013, Europe's largest beer competition. Most notably, the brewery’s new Deschutes River Ale was named the World’s Best Bitter and The Americas Best Bitter (in the up to 4 percent category). The Abyss, Deschutes Brewery’s barrel-aged imperial stout, took home a gold medal.

Brian Faivre, brewmaster for Deschutes Brewery, said, “Winning awards at both these competitions is a testament to the hard work our brewing team puts into every beer we produce. To be recognized at an international level against all the fantastic breweries out there is confirmation that our commitment to consistency, quality and pushing the envelope is working!”

At the European Beer Star 2013, competition was as tough as it has ever been: a total of 1,512 beers from 40 countries participated in the 2013 competition, an increase of 11% over the previous year. An expert committee evaluated the beers during an all-day blind taste held in the Doemens Brewing Academy in Gräfelfing. The Abyss took home the gold medal in the Imperial Stout category.

The World Beer Award program also selects winners for internationally recognized beer styles from around the world by blind-tasting hundreds of entries from nearly 40 countries. Awards were announced following four rounds of judging by an international, highly respected judging panel. The competition selects, awards, and promotes to consumers the best beers available internationally. A complete list of awards for Deschutes Brewery in 2013 includes:

World’s Best Rankings

  •     Deschutes River Ale – World’s Best Bitter (Up to 4%)
  •     The Dissident – World’s Best Label
  •     Obsidian Stout – World’s Best Stout

The Americas Best Rankings

  •     Deschutes River Ale – The America’s Best Bitter (Up to 4%)
  •     Obsidian Stout - The America’s Best Stout
  •     The Abyss – The America’s Silver
  •     The Dissident – The America’s Best Oud Bruin
  •     The Dissident – The America’s Best Label
  •     Hop Henge Experimental IPA – The America’s Silver

About Deschutes Brewery
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Deschutes Brewery began as a brew pub in downtown Bend, Oregon and is known for such brands as Black Butte Porter, its flagship brew and the nation’s number one selling craft porter, and the popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale. In addition to its original Bend pub, this family and employee-owned brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District in 2008. The company’s main brewing facility is located on the banks of the Deschutes River and produces over 250,000 barrels of beer annually for distribution in 21 states and two provinces. Deschutes Brewery was named one of America’s Best Places to Work in 2013 by Outside Magazine. To find out more, visit

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