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Throughout the month of September, an esteemed panel of international beer judges tasted their way through hundreds of lagers and ales from the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia and beyond to find the “Best Beers of the World.” The vast majority of beers brewed in the world are lagers, and in one of the most elite sections of this category, Premium Lager, a small employee–owned brewery from Hood River Oregon claimed the top prize.
Session Premium Lager, brewed by Full Sail Brewing Company, took top honors at the World Beer Awards where it was deemed the “World’s Best Premium Lager.” The competition was held in the U.K. and was conducted by Beers of the World, an international consumer magazine promoting the very best beers of the world. Visit www.beers-of-the-world.com for more information.
“We are honored to have been compared with beers from breweries world-wide that have been renowned for centuries. Session is a celebration of old-time American brewing and to be selected as the best in this most competitive of categories is a thrill for all of us at Full Sail,” said Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster, Jamie Emmerson.
“It is truly exciting that our brewery can be recognized at such a prestigious global competition, and it proves that the craft beer movement in the United States and Full Sail are producing world class beers,” added Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s CEO & Founder.
Roger Protz, chairman of the judges, said: “This is an exciting time for beer drinkers. More and more craft brewers throughout the world are making beers bursting with distinctive and exciting aromas and flavors. The judges have been overwhelmed by the quality of the beers entered for the competition and it has been an immensely difficult task choosing the winners. I hope that not only the winners but all the beers in the competition will gain greater awareness and will delight drinkers, especially those new to beer.”
Session Premium Lager was also recently awarded its 4th gold medal and 3rd silver medal. The gold medal was awarded at the North American Beer Awards in the American Premium Lager category. The competition was held in Idaho Falls, Idaho, this summer, by the North American Brewer's Association and over 700 beers were judged. The second silver was awarded at the 2007 L.A. County Fair Commercial Beer Competition conducted by the California Fermentation Society in Pomona, California. The third silver came from The Brew NZ awards, an international beer competition held in New Zealand and conducted by the Brewer’s Guild of New Zealand.
Session is a classic all-malt continental Pilsner brewed with two row barley malt, a touch of wheat malt, and hopped with American and European hops for a wonderful noble hop aroma and a pleasant refreshing finish and Session is packaged in the classic 11 oz stubby bottle. Just the kind of beer that you want après- surf session, après- ski session, après –jam session, après- well you get the idea. As they say around here, “Have a good Session.”