A panel of international judges at the Brussels Beer Challenge awarded the Gold Medal for Belgian Style Saison to an American beer—Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.
Le Merle bested all the competitive beers, including those brewed in Belgium, for the honor. “We see this as a landmark endorsement for the American Craft Brewing industry,” said Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich. “Our Belgian brothers have had a 600 year head start on us. Looks like we’ve made up for that.”
Luc De Raedemaeker, co-founder and tasting director of the Brussels Beer Challenge wrote to us, “Congratulations, your beer is really amazing and you deserve your gold medal in a truly classic Belgian style.”
Also honored at the Brussels Beer Challenge: North Coast Brewing’s Grand Cru: Bronze, Brut des Flanders