Great Western Brewing Company

Great Western Brewing Company

October 06, 2014 16:59 ET

World Beer Awards

Saskatchewan's Great Western Wins 2014 World's Best Light Beer Final as World's Best Gather to Compete in London, England

Saskatchewan produces the world's best beer

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Oct. 6, 2014) -

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Great Western Brewery won the 2014 World Beer Award title of Best Light Beer in an international competition to determine the highest level of excellence in brewing.

"Capturing this award is enormous," says Brewmaster Viv Jones. There are over 15,000 breweries worldwide, "and just about every brewery produces a light beer in some form."

Jones adds that in Europe, 4% alcohol beer is very common. "The majority of UK beers are 4%. These are the beers we are competing against."

"Our light beer has the same body as most 5% beers because we only use 100% Saskatchewan barley."

And when it comes to making beer, Master Brewer Viv Jones boasts that Saskatchewan grows the best barley in the world. "In Saskatchewan we have a very rich sub soil which is particularly high in potassium. This gives our beer the flavour of a 5% beer, at 4%. So you have tremendous taste and save on the carbs!"

"We are a Saskatchewan brewery and we believe the best barley in the world comes from Saskatchewan," says Michael Micovcin, President and CEO, Great Western Brewing Company. "You can bet it's our local barley that helped win over the judges!"

"This award is very significant," says Micovcin. In fact it's two awards. To reach the final, Great Western first had to win a round of judging in the Americas. They then went on to London to compete against the winners in Asia and Europe.

The Judging

A panel of judges from 3 continents participated in this year's competition. All judging is blind, and held in four stages. First each beer is tasted by style in the region in which it is entered to select the best beer style in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Great Western Light won Best Light Beer in the Americas.

The winning beers from each style in each region are then tasted against each other to select the 'World's Best Styles'. The 'World's Best Styles' are then tasted against each other to select the 'World's Best Beers' by Category.

As well as aroma, flavour, appearance/condition, mouthfeel and finish the judges look for beer with balance, character, complexity and quality.

About The World Beer Awards

The World Beer Awards are the global awards selecting the very best internationally recognized beer styles. This annual tasting selects, awards and promotes the 'World's Best Beers' to consumers and the trade throughout the world. Judging is blind with regional style heats held in Asia, Europe and the Americas. All regions have their own Chairman and group of judges who select the style winners in their region. Style winners from all regions are then tasted against each other to select the World's Best Style. From these world winners the World's Best categories are selected, from which the World's Best Beer is selected.

About Great Western Brewing Company

Great Western Brewing Company brews premium beer with the finest 100% Saskatchewan barley for a taste that's uniquely Western and truly great.

Great Western Brewing Company produces three core brand families of beer: Original 16, Great Western Brand Family, and Brewhouse. The company regularly wins international awards for its premium beer and has been repeatedly selected as one of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada.

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Contact Information

  • Great Western Brewing Company
    Viv Jones

    Great Western Brewing Company
    Michael Micovcin
    President and CEO