“Local” import Haitian beer Prestige won a gold medal yesterday for Best American-Style Cream or Ale. It took category #42 at the winners banquet for the World Beer Cup competition in San Diego, the Miami News Times reports.
Miami is not considered part of the Caribbean, but Prestige was as close as Florida got to receiving any award at a competition that is known as “the olympics of beer.”.
At the ninth bi-annual competition, there were 799 breweries from 54 different countries, with a total of 3921 entries, the U.S. having the most entries at 2651. Haiti was the only country with a 100 percent win-to-entry ratio, even though they had only one beer registered.
Three Florida breweries competed, unfortunately no medals were awarded to them. They were Florida Beer Company of Melbourne, Cigar City Brewing of Tampa, and Jalehouse Beers of Sarasota.
There were 95 separate categories of beer to be judged with judges from more than 27 countries, 67 percent of them being non-U.S.
A total of 284 awards were given to the gold, silver and bronze winners of each category. Some awards were not given.
This year’s WBC was the biggest ever, according to the Brewer’s Association.
Prestige beer is an American-style lager produced by Brasserie Nationale d’Haiti in Port-au-Prince.
For the original report go to http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2012/05/haitian_import_beer_prestige_t.php