Jackson, Maytag speak at World Beer Cup awards

Ceremony in NYC will feature top beers; 1,160 enter competition

Feb 11, 2000 - Three internationally known speakers are scheduled to deliver addresses at the World Beer Cup 2000 awards ceremony June 19 in New York City.


Carlo Petrini of Italy, Michael Jackson of Great Britain and Fritz Maytag of the United States will share the spotlight with winners in 70 traditional and emerging beer style categories.

Jackson is generally considered the world's top beer writer. Maytag has been called the father of the American microbrewery movement. Since he bought the Anchor Brewing Co. in San Francisco 34 years ago, Maytag reintroduced America to several long-extinct beer styles, including the company's famous steam beer.

Petrini founded Slow Food International in the Piedmont region of Italy in 1986. Slow Food's purpose is to promote pleasure through good eating. "Beer culture in the United States is one of the best examples of biodiversity in the world," Petrini said. "The past 30 years have witnessed an explosion in microbreweries, a true miracle in the home of mass industry. To speak at the awards ceremony that celebrates this culture will be a true honor. The United States has become a type of Noah's Ark for beer making traditions of the world that are on the brink of extinction.

The World Beer Cup competition attracted 1,160 entries from 365 breweries in 37 nations.

Judging takes place on April 25-26, at the Midwest Express Center in Milwaukee, Wis., during the Institute for Brewing Studies National Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America. Finalists will be announced during the Grand Banquet of the conference on April 28.

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