Jack’s Abby Brewing of Framingham took home two medals, including a gold, from the World Beer Cup in Colorado on Friday.
“It’s pretty amazing,” brewery co-founder Sam Hendler, who founded the brewery in 2011 with brothers Jack and Eric. “We went in with no expectations and we’re pretty blown away.”
The World Beer Cup, considered by some to be the most prestigious beer completion in the world, is held every other year and is sponsored by the Brewers Association, a trade group for breweries.
More than 1,400 breweries from 58 countries entered more than 4,750 beers to be judged. The World Beer Cup is the largest brewer-judge competition in the world. This year, 219 judges from 31 countries participated as judges.
Jack’s Abby received a gold medal for its Framinghammer, a 10 percent alcohol by volume Baltic porter. It beat out 43 other entrants in the category.
Jack’s Abby also received a bronze for its Saxonator doppelbock, a style of strong German lager. More than 50 beers were entered in that category.
Jack’s Abby was one of only 26 breweries to win two medals.
The only other Massachusetts brewery to win a medal was the Cambridge Brewing Company, which received a bronze medal in the “Specialty Beer” category with its Le Saisniere.
These aren’t the first awards Jack’s Abby has one. In 2012, its Smoke & Dagger, a smoky black lager, took home a bronze from the Great American Beer Fest in Colorado, which is one of the largest beer events in the world. In 2013, its Mass Rising won gold at the Great American Beer Fest.
Hendler said competing and being judge by a panel of international brewers made the World Beer Cup medals something special.
“We competed against a lot of German brewers and a lot of European brewers were judging the beers,” said Hendler. “It’s definitely exciting to get that kind of validation.”
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