Deschutes Brewery from Oregon and Boston-based Samuel Adams were the biggest winners among American breweries competing for Australian International Beer Awards.
The competition featured 941 entries, with U.S. competition up markedly because of the Brewers Association Export Development Program. Twenty-one U.S. breweries brought home trophies.
Deschutes won Champion Large International Brewery and also Champion Stout (for Obsidian Stout). Deschsutes won four gold medals, six silver and one bronze. Samuel Adams won four gold, seven silver and five bronze. Pelican Pub & Brewery in Oregon nearly reached double figures, winning two golds and seven silvers.
Weihenstephan Brewery in Germany won the Grand Champion trophy with Weihenstephan Kristall.