Big news came out of Missoula’s craft brew community yesterday, the kind that has us itching to raise a toast in celebration. Kettlehouse Brewing Company announced it won a gold award at the 2014 World Beer Cup, a global competition held last week in Denver. The lucky brew? None other than local standby Double Haul IPA, which beat out 40 other entries for the top slot in the English Style IPA category.
“I’m really happy for our amazing production team and our great support staff,” K-Hole owner Tim O’Leary said in an April 14 statement. “These folks put their passion into making our beers and to see them win accolades is extremely satisfying.”
O’Leary went on to say that craft brews are “on fire” these days, and IPAs are front and center in that surge. “To be recognized as a world class IPA maker is huge,” he said.
Double Haul and the rest of this year’s World Beer Cup winners were singled out by a panel of 219 judges from 31 countries. And Kettlehouse wasn’t the only Montana brewery to walk away with an international prize. According to the Brewers Association, Billings-based Überbrew got a silver award in the “American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast” category for its White Noise Hefeweizen. Missoula’s own Big Sky Brewing scored silver as well for its Power Wagon Wheat Wine in the “Other Strong Beer” category.
Yeah. Montana brewers are just that awesome.