Belgian Beers From Global Beer Network Win Four Highly Coveted Awards

Van Steenberge Brewery and Belgian Beer Labels
Recognized for Brewing Excellence:
Gulden Draak, Bornem Tripel and Piraat

MIDDLETON, Mass. – (July 2012) – Global Beer Network, the exclusive U.S. importer for more than 60 Belgian beer labels, today announced that the Van Steenberge Brewery and three of its beer brands took home multiple international and local awards at recent competitions.

The awards include:

"We raise our chalice in honor of this achievement," said Steve Villani, president, Global Beer Network. "Our mission has always been to share the amazing craftsmanship of Belgian beers with enthusiasts in America, and these awards are proof positive that people all over the world are embracing Belgian beer labels."

Piraat Takes Gold at Prestigious World Beer Cup: Piraat, a Belgian Pale Ale, was awarded the Gold Medal in the Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale category at the World Beer Cup in San Diego. The event featured more than 4,000 beers from approximately 800 participating breweries from 54 countries. The World Beer Cup, often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions,” is the most prestigious beer competition in the world. Piraat Ale has long been considered one of the best beers in the world.

Bornem Tripel Tops Tripel Taste Test: Bornem Tripel, an abbey beer from Van Steenberge, took first place in a blind taste test of Tripels at an event organized by Belgian newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad. With a 9 percent ABV (alcohol by volume), Bornem Tripel has a hoppy taste with an excellent sweet-bitter balance.

Gulden Draak Wins Bronze in Calgary: Van Steenberge Brewery’s dark brown Belgian Triple Ale -- Gulden Draak -- won the Bronze Medal in the International Ale category at the Calgary International Beerfest. With more than 200 beers in the competition, the annual event is organized to celebrate beer and increase beer knowledge for the wider public.

Brewery Recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year”: To top off its stellar award-winning month, the Van Steenberge Brewery was recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by its local community, Evergem, Belgium. The first-ever “Night of the Entrepreneur” is an initiative by the advisory body for local economy (ALE) in Evergem, as well as the city council.

Located in the village of Ertvelde in Belgium’s East Flanders province, the Van Steenberge Brewery produces 35,000 barrels annually, specializing in artisanal beers. The mission of the brewery is to remain independent while continuing to brew an exceptional world class beer product. Labels from Van Steenberge Brewery include: Gulden Draak, Piraat, Monk’s Café, Bornem Double, Bornem Triple, Biere Du Boucanier (Golden, Dark, Red), Bruegel, Ertvelds Wit, Keizersberg, Leute Bok, Oud Zuipers, Gentse Tripel, and Tikka.

Based in Middleton, Mass., Global Beer is the exclusive U.S. importer for nine award-winning Belgian breweries. Global Beer imports nearly 60 Belgian beer labels, including Gulden Draak, Wittekerke and Piraat. For more information, visit www.globalbeer.com.

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