True North Ale Company Wins GABF Award

Ipswich, MA • October 20, 2020—True North Ale Company was awarded a silver medal in its category for CERVEZA Mexican Lager at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) competition. The GABF competition is the largest and most prestigious competition in the United States, and is second only to the World Beer Cup internationally. CERVEZA, one of the flagship beers in the True North Ales portfolio, is brewed with flaked maize and El Dorado hops and fermented with Mexican lager yeast for a crisp, clean finish.

“Winning a medal at GABF is a very big deal in the craft brewing world,” said Jake Rogers, Founder & Chief of Brewery Operations. “Cerveza started out as a simple beer with a simple name in my homebrewing days. Credit and congratulations go to our Head Brewer Seth Barnum and our crew in the brewery for making it a stellar beer that appeals to casual beer drinkers and craft beer lovers alike.”

In its 34th year, the GABF saw more than 8,800 beers submitted for judging by more than 1,700 American breweries from all 50 states. Awards were given in 91 beer-style categories during the GABF awards ceremony on October 16, 2020, held virtually on The Brewing Network. GABF style guidelines determined that CERVEZA Mexican Lager fit the category “American-Style Cream Ale.”

True North Ale Company opened in 2017 in Ipswich, Massachusetts and specializes in hazy & juicy IPAs, sophisticated Belgian ales, classic lagers, cutting-edge sours, and many more traditional and experimental styles. In 2018, VINCIANNE Belgian Blonde, another core brand, earned the gold award for Belgian-Style Pale and Blonde Ales at the World Beer Cup.



A display of awards that True North Ales has won, along with cans of the winning beers.

True North Ale Company Wins Awards at NABA

Ipswich, MA • June 4, 2019 — True North Ale Company claimed multiple medals at the 2019 North American Brewers Association “International Beer Awards Excellence in Brewing” competition. In its 23rd year, the NABA International Beer Awards saw more than 2,000 beers submitted for judging. Awards were given in 94 beer-style categories during the NABA award ceremony on May 31, 2019 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

True North Ale Company was awarded a gold medal for VINCIANNE Belgian Blonde Ale, one of its flagship brands, and also a winner of the gold award at the 2018 World Beer Cup in the “Belgian Blonde / Belgian Pale Ale” category. NORTHERN HAZE Juicy IPA, another flagship brand, was awarded a silver medal in one of the most competitive categories, “Hazy or New England-Style India Pale Ale”. NORTHERN HAZE has rapidly become the leading seller for True North Ales and can be found in hundreds of bars, restaurants, and stores throughout Massachusetts.

 True North Ale Company also won major awards for several of its small batch specialty brands. WEBSTER’S MILD, an English-Style Mild Ale, was awarded a gold medal. ICE BUCKET PALE, a specialty beer brewed to raise fundsto fight ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), won a bronze medal in the highly competitive “American-Style Strong Pale Ale” category. And STAMMTISCH, a German-Style Pilsner, was awarded a bronze medal in a category that truly requires brewing precision and skill.

“We were extremely pleased with the recognition True North Ales received at the NABA competition,” said Seth Barnum, Head Brewer. “Having VINCIANNE again win gold at a major competition in a classic style was very rewarding. And winning medals in two of the most competitive categories, the hoppy New England and West Coast styles, really demonstrates our versatility. The spread across brewing traditions and the varying processes of the categories we medaled in is one of the most startling aspects to me about our results.”

True North Ale Company is located in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Opened just 18 months ago, its beers have been poured in nearly 600 bars and restaurants and sold in more than 700 stores in Massachusetts. The brewery also won a silver medal at the 2018 NY International Beer Competition for CERVEZA Mexican Lager. Its North Shore location features a 100-seat taproom and an events venue, The North Side, that may host events with more than 300 guests.



World Beer Cup 2018 Gold Award plaque for "Vincianne", a Belgian Blonde Ale


A four-pack of Vincianne and the World Beer Cup 2018 Gold Award plaque

True North Ale Company Wins Gold Award at World Beer Cup®

Ipswich, MA • May 5, 2018 - True North Ale Company claimed a gold award in the 2018 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.

Awards were given in 101 beer-style categories during the World Beer Cup award ceremony on May 3, 2018 at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. True North Ales was the only brewery in Massachusetts to win a gold award at the World Beer Cup in 2018 and one of two in all of New England.

True North Ale Company received the Gold Award in the Belgian-style Blonde Ale or Belgian-style Pale Ale beer style category for its Vincianne, an effervescent, crisp, and refreshing blonde ale with subtle aromas and flavor reminiscent of apple, pear, earth and black pepper. The brewery just recently opened for business in November of 2017 and submitted Vincianne for judging as a fledgling four-month-old. It is one of the youngest breweries to ever be awarded gold in the history of the World Beer Cup. Based in Ipswich, Massachusetts, True North Ale Company is a microbrewery that specializes in brewing juicy American IPAs, sophisticated Belgian ales, classic lagers, cutting-edge sours, and many more traditional and experimental styles.

“It is an amazing honor for a brewer to win a medal at the World Beer Cup. Making great beer is a reward in itself. But having a panel of experts determine yours is world class in this, the most prestigious brewing competition, is mind blowing,” said Seth Barnum, Head Brewer at True North Ale Company.

World Beer Cup winners were selected by an international panel of 295 beer judges from 33 countries, 72 percent of whom were from outside the United States. Widely regarded as the “Olympics of Beer,” the World Beer Cup saw an impressive field of 8,234 entries from 2,515 breweries in 66 countries—the largest competition to date.

Presented by the Brewers Association, the World Beer Cup has been held biennially since 1996, to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement. For additional information, visit the World Beer Cup website.


Founder Gary Rogers, Head Brewer Seth Barnum, and Founder Jake Rogers receiving the Gold Award for Vincianne, a Belgian Blonde Ale, from Charlie Papazian at the 2018 World Beer Cup

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Representing True North Ale Company in Nashville, Gary Rogers, Seth Barnum, and Jake Rogers receive their 2018 World Beer Cup Gold Award from Charlie Papazian, founder and past president of the Brewers Association.


The True North Ale Company brewery staff with glasses of the winning batch of Vincianne.

The True North Ale Company production crew celebrates their 2018 World Beer Cup Gold Award in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Pictured from left: Anthony Lauring, Jake Rogers, Seth Barnum, Jenna DuCharme, Aaron Cerretti, and Greg Hartmann.