Cedar Springs Brewing Company earned international acclaim at the 2020 New York International Beer Competition.
The West Michigan brewery, specializing in traditional German Weissbier, earned the honor of Michigan Weiss Brewery of the Year, as well as a bronze medal for its Kürsterer Original Weissbier.
“It’s a reflection of the hard work our team’s put in,” said David Ringler, founder of Cedar Springs Brewing. “It’s a good quality control, and it’s nice to know we stack up with the best weissbiers around the globe. With this particular beer, whether we win or not, we’ve been right there with them, so it’s good to know we’re consistent with what we’re doing.”
Adam Levy, founder of NYIBC, said many excellent beer submissions have come out of Michigan over the past few years.
“We’re the only international beer competition where all the judges are real trade buyers who are judging the beer by category and actual price,” Levy said. “These judges are buyers from the top New York Area liquor stores, restaurants, hotels and more. The beers submitted in 2020 were exceptionally good, and the judges were excited to be able to sample such a wide range of well-executed traditional styles of beer, as well as some more inventive brews from all over the USA.”
Cedar Springs Brewing was the only brewery in West Michigan to be recognized at the international beverage competition and only one of four breweries across Michigan.
The other Michigan winners were HomeGrown Brewing Co. in Oxford, North Peak Brewing Company in Traverse City and Third Monk Brewing Company in South Lyon.
Founded in 2015, Cedar Springs Brewing Company has claimed 34 national awards in its short history.
In 2018, its Küsterer Modern Weissbier won gold at the North American Beer Awards, its Küsterer Munich Dunkel won silver in the münchner dunkel category and its Tim the Enchanter won bronze in the Belgian specialty strong ale category at the U.S. Open Beer Championship and its Eire won bronze in the Irish-style dry stout category at the Best of Craft Beer Awards.
The New York International Beer Competition is part of the International Beverage Competition’s series of wine, beer, cider and spirits competitions taking place in New York City, Berlin, Melbourne and Hong Kong annually.
The judging panels at all IBC competitions consist entirely of active trade buyers, including sommeliers, cicerones, retail store buyers, distributors, importers, restaurant beverage directors and more.