The 21st Amendment Brewery took a gold medal with their "Imperial Jack" in the "other strong beer category" at this year's World Beer Cup as part of the Brewers Association's Craft Beer Conference this year in Chicago, Illinois. Imperial Jack was a collaboration beer brewed with Richard Brewer-Hay of the nano-brewery, the Elizabeth Street Brewery. The Imperial Jack is an imperial ESB that beat out 44 other beers in the "Other Strong Beer" category 11.
21st Amendment Co-Founder Nico Freccia and Richard Brewer-Hay were on hand to accept the medal from Brewers Association President Charlie Papazian.
From the Brewers Association:
World Beer Cup®
Brewers from six continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges this week in the 2010 Brewers Association World Beer Cup – the world's largest-ever commercial beer competition. The eighth bi-annual competition announced awards to brewers from 19 countries ranging from Australia and Italy to Iceland and Japan.
This year, 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. states vied for awards with 3,330 beers entered in 90 beer style categories.
The 2010 World Beer Cup eclipsed the record of the Brewers Association's own Great American Beer Festival (GABF) to become the largest commercial competition ever. There were 3,308 entries judged in the 2009 GABF, compared to the 2010 World Beer Cup's 3,330 entries judged.
A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2010 World Beer Cup Fact Sheet.