The Dublin Craft Beer Cup 2014 winners were announced at the 2nd annual Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair, Ireland’s largest craft beer festival, which took place February 6th - 8th at the Dublin Convention Centre.
Coisbo, a Danish family run craft brewery, received top honours at the craft beer ceremony, beating more than 275 other entries from across the world. Their winning brew was a Russian Imperial Stout, a 10% limited edition brew that has received positive reviews in Danish national press.
According to head judge Dr. Inge Russell, editor of the Journal of the Institute of Brewing, “Coisbo’s Russian Imperial Stout deserved to win due to the marvellously balanced aroma, full body and its rich taste”. The master brewer Anders Coisbo was presented with the Dublin Craft Beer Cup by Dr. Inge Russell and Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech.
Irish breweries held a strong presence at the awards, with Galway Bay and O'Hara's both walking home with gold medals for their double IPA brews. There were also silver medals for Blacks Of Kinsale, Franciscan Well and the Porterhouse, while last year's overall winner Hilden Brewing Co. secured a bronze for their Headless Dog amber ale.
The expo was itself a huge success with more than 5,000 people passing through the doors, enjoying the brews of more than 45 brewers representing over 150 craft beers and delicacies from 17 Irish artisan food producers.
Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech stated: “we will return in 2015 as it is clear from the huge crowds gathered there is excitement brewing in the industry and a rising tide will raise all boats. We expect great things in the future and we are delighted with the range, quality and styles of craft beer exhibiting alongside us this year.”