(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang is honored to have received a pair of gold medals at the prestigious European Beer Star Competition this fall. The European Beer Star Competition judged 1,957 beers from 45 countries and awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals for 55 categories. Abbey Ale won gold for Belgian-style dubbel and Gnomegang won gold for Belgian-style tripel. In 2012 in the same competition, Abbey Ale won silver and Gnomegang won gold in their respective categories.
Abbey Ale was the first beer ever brewed by Ommegang. Spiced with sweet orange peel, coriander, cumin, star anise, and licorice root, Abbey Ale’s subtle aromas and flavors coupled with its excellent cellaring qualities have made the beer a fan favorite for 18 years. Gnomegang has been part of the Ommegang lineup since 2010 when the magic gnomes from Brasserie d’Achouffe in Belgium brought their spicy yeast to the United States as a gift for our brewers to experiment with. The result was Gnomegang, a unique, flavorful, aromatic dose of well-balanced magic in a glass.
“It’s very exciting to have one of our newest core beers – Gnomegang – and our first beer – Abbey Ale – recognized with these awards,” said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Ommegang. “It’s a testament to the fantastic team that we have at Ommegang ensuring that our quality and consistency remains top notch. I am extremely proud and appreciative of the honor.”
The European Beer Star Competition was established in 2003, and is reserved for beers brewed in styles that originated in Europe. Brewers from all over the world may submit their beers and the competition awards gold, silver, and bronze honors to beers which best fulfill the criteria of the respective styles and that have impressive taste and quality.
Both Abbey Ale and Gnomegang are available in 12oz four-packs, 750ml corked and caged bottles, and on draft throughout Ommegang’s 43-state distribution footprint.