A Minnesota brewery won a medal at one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world.
Indeed Brewing Company took home the bronze in the Specialty Honey beer category at the 2017 European Beer Star Awards, the brewery announced Wednesday. The award was for Indeed's Mexican Honey Imperial Lager.
When GoMN sampled it earlier this summer, producer Melissa Turtinen said: "If you like to put honey on your toast like I do, you'll like this a lot."
The competition was held in Gräfelfing, Germany, just outside Munich early last month. It launched 14 years ago and is "incredibly well respected within the international brewing industry," Indeed says.
This year there were a record 2,151 entries from 46 counties, and 60 categories of beer were judged. Only 8.5 percent of total entries take home medals, Indeed says.
Each beer is judged in a blind tasting for color, aroma, and flavor by a 133-person international jury that consists of master brewers, cicerones, and renowned beer connoisseurs.
Indeed says it's an "incredible honor" to receive the award in such a competitive contest. Here's the full list of winners.
“Winning in one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world and sharing the stage with so many brewers that we look up to is an incredible honor,” Indeed Co-Founder Tom Whisenand said in the news release. “Mexican Honey is a shining example of our brewing staff's dedication to quality, consistency, and innovation. I couldn't be more proud of our incredible team here at Indeed.”
This isn't the first award for Mexican Honey Imperial Lager – Indeed says it's received multiple awards and is one of the company's best-selling beers.
The beer is brewed with Amarillo hops and 450 pounds of Mexican orange blossom honey per 30 barrel batch.