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

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.


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