Fantastic Double Stroke for the Anthony Martin Group at International Beer Challenge and Brussels Beer Challenge 2022

Fantastic Double Stroke for the Anthony Martin Group at International Beer Challenge and Brussels Beer Challenge 2022

  • The Belgian brewing group named ‘Supreme Champion Brewer’
  • 15 awards at International Beer Challenge 2022
  • and 3 medals at Brussels Beer Challenge 2022 ​

The Anthony Martin Family Brewery Group, which has its headquarters on the historical 1815 Waterloo battlefield, has achieved an impressive result at the 26th International Beer Challenge 2022 in England. No fewer than nine Anthony Martin beers were awarded a gold medal. In addition, one silver and two bronze awards, a World Trophy as well as the awards “Brewer of the Year – Europe” and the absolute top award World “Supreme Champion Brewer of the Year” went to the family company. This is a first in the Belgian brewing history! On top of that, three Anthony Martin beers were also awarded a medal at the Brussels Beer Challenge 2022.  

“Winning the prestigious ‘Supreme Champion Brewer of the Year’ is without any doubt the best recognition a brewer can receive. Together with our partners, this unique award shows the tremendous renewal our family and team placed in the family business in the last 20 years!”, stated a rejoicedAnthony Martin. “Both our traditional and new innovative recipes won no less than 9 gold medals at the International Beer Challenge, amongst which World Trophy winner Gordon Scotch Ale, which was first brewed in 1924. Our Martin´s India and Pale Ale, first brewed in 1957, join our brand-new Waterloo Red Cherry or our Maredret Monastery recipe, brewed with the Bénédictine sisters since 2021. And today at the Brussels Beer Challenge our beers were again awarded three medals! Who would have thought that the Anthony Martin family would one day approach its goal of achieving ‘The Finest Beers Selection’.”

Impressive Award Harvest for Belgian Brewing Group

At the IBC 2022, Gordon Scotch Ale won a gold award and the World Trophy in the category ‘Ales – ScotchAles 7.8 % and up’. The lambic beers Timmermans Oude Gueuze and Timmermans Griotteke were also the best in their league and took gold. Furthermore, Martin’s Pale Ale, Martin’s IPA, Waterloo Red Cherry, Maredret Triplus, Maredret Altus, and Bourgogne des Flandres Brewer’s Desire Lambic Barrel Aged also won a gold medal. Gordon Blond Oak Aged was awarded silver, and both Guinness Special Export and Waterloo Saison Bio won bronze.

At the Brussel Beer Challenge 2022, the Anthony Martin Group won three awards. Martin’s Pale Ale was the best beer in ‘Spécial Belge’ category. The Timmermans Lambicus Blanche also received a gold medal in the category ‘Specialty beer - hybrid’ and the Martin’s IPA won silver in the ‘English IPA’ category.

The International Beer Challenge is one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. Its first edition was organised 26 years ago. The IBC Tasting Awards are established through a rigorous judging process, highly controlled by panels of more than 70 respected and experienced industry experts ranging from retailers, importers, publicans, brewers, writers, and flavour analysts. Each product is blind-tasted. The best beers are awarded a bronze, silver or gold.

The Brussels Beer Challenge was organised for the first time in 2012. In a relatively short time, it has grown into one of the most important international beer competitions in the world. A panel of 85 internationally renowned beer experts judged more than 1,800 beers from all corners of the world. The beers are subdivided into 87 categories based on origin, typology, and style. At the end of the three tasting days, the best beers in each category are awarded with a gold, silver, or bronze medal.

When British-born John Martin arrived in Antwerp in 1909 to launch the famous Guinness and a range of English beers, he could not have imagined that more than a hundred and ten years later his grandson Anthony would develop and promote a range of Belgian craft beers.

Today, joined by his sons Jonathan and Edward, the Anthony Martin Group owes its reputation to the selection of craft beers rich in history: Gordon Finest Beers, Martin's, Waterloo, Bourgogne des Flandres, Timmermans... with an annual turnover of €50 million and a volume of 250,000 hectolitres. All the craft brewery sites of the group are protected or classified and part of the Belgian heritage: the Timmermans brewery in Itterbeek (the oldest lambic brewery in the world), the romantic Bourgogne des Flandres brewery in the heart of Bruges, and the Mont-Saint-Jean farm-brewery-restaurant in Waterloo, on the historical Waterloo battlefield.



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