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28th September 2015


Fishtale ale
Our international and highly respected judging panel has identified the best beers in each of the eight categories of the annual World Beer Awards. With over 1000 beers from more than 30 countries entered into this year’s awards, judges blind tasted and scored the entries over four rounds of judging. The final two rounds were held in London, where 50 international brewers, industry experts and journalists tasted and voted on the World’s Best Beers before the 2015 Country Winners were announced. We are delighted to announce that judges named Fish Tale Ales – Beyond the Pale – as the World’s Best Beer.
Adrian Tierney-Jones, European Chairman of the World Beer Awards said: “After four arduous rounds of beer tasting and evaluating the merits of beers from all over the world I’m very pleased to see the results of our hard labours – the spread of winners shows the quality of entries from all over the world. These beers managed to please a hand-picked group of beer experts and writers from Europe, Asia and USA. For the last two rounds, for the first time, we invited brewers to join the tasting panel to help us find the World’s Best. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the judges for all their professionalism and dedication – it’s been a pleasure working with them.”
World’s Best Pale Beer Fish Tale Ales Beyond The Pale World’s Best Beer
World’s Best Dark Beer VanderGhinste Oud Bruin
World’s Best Flavoured Beer Rodenbach Rosso
World’s Best Lager Kronenbourg 1664 Millésime
World’s Best Sour Beer Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition
World’s Best Speciality Beer Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red
World’s Best Stout & Porter Deschutes Obsidian Stout
World’s Best Wheat Beer Brasserie du Mont Blanc La Blanche
World’s Best Label Mateo & Bernabé and Friends 21 Mateo
Dark Beer
American Brown Ale Microbrasserie Pit Caribou Brown Ale
Barley Wine Pott’s Barley Wine
Belgian Style Dubbel Nøgne Ø Brun
Belgian Style Strong       Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw
Black IPA FrogBeer Tha…Wack!
Brown Ale Harvey’s Lewes Castle Brown Ale
Mild Ale Harvey’s Old Ale
Oud Bruin Vanderghinste Oud Bruin
Strong Dark Beer Deschutes Not The Stoic
Vintage Rodenbach Vintage
Flavored Beer
Chocolate & Coffee Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Experimental TailGate Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Fruit Rodenbach Rosso
Herb & Spice Sanktgallen Sweet Vanilla Stout
Honey SNAB Koning Honing
Smoked Tazawako Beer Rauch
Wood Aged Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 4.5
Amber / Vienna Pott’s Landbier
Bock Kronenbourg 1664 Millésime
Czech-style Pale Wäls Bohemian Pílsen
Dark Litovel Schwarzbier Premium Dark
Doppelbock Samuel Adams Double Bock
Dortmunder Huda Gold
German-style Pale Purity Lawless Lager
Gluten-free Jade Sans Gluten
Helles / Münchner Fujizakura Heights Beer Munchen Lager
Low Alcohol Gambrinus Birell Pomelo and Grep
Low Carb Schwarzbräu Light & Fit
No Alcohol (0%) Clausthaler Classic
Seasonal Flötzinger Bräu Maibock
Strong Familienbrauerei Bauhöfer Eisbock
Pale Beer
Altbier Bamberg Altbier
Amber  Pure UBU
Barley Wine SNAB Maelstrøm
Belgian Style Ale Bernard Bohemian Ale
Belgian Style Blonde Omer Traditional Blond
Belgian Style Strong Leffe Rituel 9°
Belgian Style Tripel Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
Biére de Garde / Saison Le Trou Du Diable La Saison Du Tracteur
Bitter 4% – 5% St Austell Admiral’s Ale
Bitter over 5% Stewart Brewing Radical Road
Bitter up to 4% Lacons Encore
Golden Deschutes River Ale
Imperial IPA Saranac Imperial IPA
IPA Le Trou du diable Les 4 Surfeurs de l’Apocalypso
Kölsch Thornbridge Tzara
Pale Ale Fish Tale Ales Beyond the pale
Seasonal Franciscan Well Brewery Summer Sasion
Sour Beer
Gose / Others Petrus Aged Pale
Gueuze Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition
Kriek / Framboise À La Fût Rouge de Mékinac – Co-Hop V
Lambic Redoak Blackberry Wheat Beer
Speciality Beer
Brut / Champagne Wäls Brut
Experimental Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red
Gluten-free Top Hat Amber Ale
Rice Aqula Brauhaus Wild Rice Amber Ale
Rye Hook Norton Red Rye
Stout & Porter
Flavoured Stout / Porter BrewDog Cocoa Psycho
Imperial Stout Stockade Craft Rebellion Imperial Stout
Porter Ninkasi Noire
Stout Deschutes Obsidian Stout
Strong Porter Bronckhorster Nightporter
Sweet / Milk Stout Samuel Adams Cream Stout
Wheat Beer
Bavarian Hefeweiss Schnitzei Weissbier Hell
Bavarian Kristal Ketterer Ur-Weisse Kristall
Belgian Style Witbier Brasserie du Mont Blanc La Blanche
Dark Loncium Dunkler Weizenbock
Strong Deschutes Dopple Dinkle Bock
For further information on the World Beer Awards 2015 including the country winners, Bronze, Silver and Gold medalists as well as regional style winners, images and tasting notes for all the winning beers go to
Anita Ujszaszi
Awards Coordinator
Date of issue: 24 September 2015