October 1, 2012 – Bend Oregon – Deschutes Brewery swept from Oregon to the world stage as its Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale took the title of “World’s Best Beer,” again! Along with this top honor, this spring seasonal also swept three sub-categories winning World’s Best Pale, World’s Best Pale Ale, and The Americas Best Pale Ale.
Cam O’Connor, brewmaster for Deschutes Brewery, said, “Our brewing team always strives to produce high quality, consistent beers year after year. Receiving World’s Best Beer twice for Red Chair is a testament to the amount of attention we give to each beer and receiving the award a great honor.”
The World Beer Award program selects winners for internationally recognized beer styles from around the world by blind-tasting hundreds of entries from nearly 40 countries. Awards were announced following four rounds of judging by an international, highly respected judging panel. The competition selects, awards, and promotes to consumers the best beers available internationally.
A complete list of awards for Deschutes Brewery includes:
World’s Best Ranking
Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale – World’s Best Beer
- Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale – World’s Best Pale Beer
- Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale – World’s Best Pale Ale
- The Abyss – World’s Best Stout & Porter
- The Abyss – World’s Best Imperial Stout
- The Dissident – World’s Best Oud Bruin
- Twilight Summer Ale – World’s Best Seasonal Pale Ale
- Obsidian Stout – World’s Best Dry Stout
The Americas Best Rankings
- Obsidian Stout – The Americas Best Dry Stout
- The Abyss – The Americas Best Imperial Stout
- The Dissident – The Americas Best Oud Bruin
- Black Butte XXI – The Americas Best Chocolate & Coffee Flavoured Beer
- Twilight Summer Ale – The Americas Best Seasonal Pale Ale
- Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale – The America’s Best Pale Ale
- Hop in the Dark – The Americas Best Black IPA
- Collage – The Americas Best Wood Aged Beer
Entrants’ beers were tasted blind and marked to an agreed and strictly enforced scoring system. As well as aroma, flavor, appearance/condition, mouth feel and finish, the judges looked for products with balance, character, complexity and quality.