Thursday, March 26, 2009

Steamworks Brewing wins medals in Australia

Hot off the presses is news of some awards that were recently earned by the Steamworks Brewing Company of Durango, Colorado. The following is a press release sent out by Indiana Reed and Kris Oyler of Steamworks:

Brewing Co. earns five medals at Australian International Beer Awards

DURANGO, Colo. – Competing against large and small breweries from throughout the world, Steamworks Brewing Co. has earned five (5) medals at the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), signifying its brews as among the finest in the world.

The brewery’s Colorado Kölsch and Conductor Imperial IPA earned Silver, with the Steam Engine Lager, Backside Stout and the seasonal Spruce Goose each receiving Bronze.

“This is a tremendous honor for the Steam Team and cheers to our brewdogs,” said Kris Oyler, Steamworks co-founder and CEO. “The AIBA is internationally recognized as the second largest beer awards of its kind in the world, established to reward excellence in the field of brewing and to assist in promotion of the brewing industry. We are ecstatic to have five medals.”

The Australian International Beer Awards, held by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) in conjunction with The University of Ballarat, is the pre-eminent showcase for premium beer and brewing excellence in the Asia Pacific Region. For 2009, 1,140 from 39 countries were received. The results were announced on March 19, 2009.

“The AIBA has a strict point judging system, so our brews are truly considered exemplary for their various styles,” said Brian McEachron, Steamworks co-founder and director of marketing and sales. “Steamworks competed with some of the finest breweries in the world – including countries such as Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Canada, known for brewing excellence.”

According to press materials from the AIBA, a Silver medal beer is “an excellent product that displays the correct balance of taste, aroma and appearance of the style and a high level of technical merit,” with a Bronze medal signifying “a quality product with the correct balance of taste, aroma and appearance appropriate for the style and the absence of major faults.”

Steamworks’ Colorado Kölsch, a light, crisp ale with a hint of sweetness, is a derivative of the German Kölschs, created originally in response to the popular lager-based Pilsners being produced in the Czech Republic in the 1840s. The Kölsch received a Bronze in the 2008 AIBA.

The Conductor Imperial India Pale Ale features the three "all-American" hop varieties – Warrior, Tomahawk and Simcoe. The Steam Team focused on the key attributes of each hop for the best interplay of aromatics and bitterness with the malt extraction. The result is a floral citrus nose, bold bitterness and a hint of sweetness.

A five-time Gold Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival, the Steam Engine Lager is an American classic noted for its malt sweetness and hop spice with a smooth, dry finish.

Inspired by the turns under Chair 8 on Purgatory Mountain, the Backside Stout has a complex malt and oat flavor – sweet with chocolate and roast overtones. The addition of brewer’s oats is detectable in the smooth, silky finish.

Beers made with spruce or other types of pine were brought to Scotland by the Vikings who brewed ales and spice with fresh spruce shoots to prevent scurvy on sailing voyages. Steamworks’ Spruce Goose, the modern-day version of the Viking’s beer, is a darker brew with complex earthy flavors throughout, featuring spruce shoots harvested in the San Juan Mountains.

"The University of Ballarat is delighted to partner with the RASV in presenting the Australian International Beer Awards," said Professor David Battersby, University of Ballarat Vice-Chancellor. "We congratulate all of this year’s award winners and thank all entrants for their valued participation.”

Further information on the AIBA is available at

Steamworks Brewing Co. – Durango’s “2005 Business of the Year” – is located at 801 E. Second. Ave., Durango (970.259.9200), and 442 Wolverine Drive in Bayfield Center, Bayfield (970.884.7837). For further information, visit

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- Steamworks Colorado Kolsch Ale review.
- Steamworks beers featured in NYC dinner.
- Spruce Goose to fly at Steamworks Brewing.
- Steamworks beer to benefit running scholarship.

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