Pilsner Urquell champion in Helsinki

Andechs Weissbier Hefe, Traquair House Jacobite also win top awards

Apr 29, 2002 - Pilsner Urquell was chosen as The Beer Of The Year at Helsinki Beer Festival 2002. PU, celebrating its 160th anniversary this year, also Gold in the category of bottom-fermenting beers.


Other category winners included Andechs Weissbier Hefe for top-fermenting and Traquair House's Jacobite Ale for strong beers. German-style smoked beer Sauhusanttu from brew-pub Teerenpeli won Gold for Finnish microbrews.

Here are the beer, cider, and whisky medal winners at this year's Helsinki Beer Festival:

The Beer of The Year:
Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)

Bottom-fermenting beers (abv below 6%):
Gold: Pilsner Urquell (Pilsner Urquell, Czech Republic)
Silver: Mšnchof Schwartzbier (Kulmbacher, Germany)
Bronze: Barock Dunkel (Weltenburger, Germany)

Top-fermenting beers (abv below 6%):
Gold: Andechs Weissbier Hefe (Andechs, Germany)

Silver: Liberty Ale (Anchor, U.S.A.)
Bronze: Raven Ale (Orkney, Scotland)

Strong Beers (abv above 6%):
Gold: Jacobite Ale (Traquair House, Scotland)

Silver: Celebrator (Ayinger, Germany)
Bronze: 1845 Celebration Ale (Fuller's, England)

Finnish microbrews:
Gold: Sauhusanttu (Teerenpeli, Lahti)
Silver: Stadin Barley Wine 2001 (Stadin Panimo, Helsinki)
Bronze: Stadin Trippel (Stadin Panimo, Helsinki)

Gold: Old Rosie Scrumpy (Westons, England)
Silver: Stowford LA (Westons, England)
Bronze: Merrydown Classic Cider (Merrydown, England)

Gold: Lagavulin 16 Years Old
Silver: Balvenie 21 Years Old
Bronze: Balvenie 12 Years Old

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