Global Beer Network Named Belgian Beer Importer of The Year



Global Beer Network named belgian beer importer of the year at new york international beer competition

Global Beer Labels Win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards


NEW YORK CITY (March 2013) – Global Beer Network, the exclusive U.S. importer for more than 60 Belgian beer labels, was named Belgian Beer Importer of the Year at the New York International Beer Competition. Hundreds of brewers from more than 16 countries participated in the event with the discriminating panel of judges selecting Global Beer, its brewery partners and its beers over other Belgian entries.


Within the Global Beer family, the multiple awards included a very prestigious Gold Award for Piraat.


Winning entries from Global Beer Network include:

  • Belgian Beer Importer of the Year: Global Beer Network
  • Belgian Brewer of the Year: Van Steenberge (brewers of Gulden Draak, Piraat)
  • Gold Award Belgian Golden Triple category: Piraat
  • Silver Award Belgian Sour category: Petrus Aged Pale
  • Bronze Award Belgian Strong Dark category: Gulden Draak


“This recognition is significant because the competition is fierce and only beers and organizations that are most deserving win awards,” said Steve Villani, president, Global Beer Network. “In the industry, Global Beer Network is still a relatively young company, so we are particularly excited to be named Importer of the Year. Our entire team celebrated by toasting one of our award-winning beers!”


More than 300 beer, cider and sake producers submitted their brands to be blind tasted and judged by category and price. Judges for the competition included buyers, retail storeowners, restaurant/bar proprietors, distributors and importers who have been in the business for years and are extremely knowledgeable about beer.


Recognition at the New York competition is the latest accolade for Global Beer Network since Villani and Cliff Lusso purchased the company in 2007. During the past five years, Global Beer Network has:

  • Tripled the overall size of the company
  • Grown from two to 22 employees
  • Increased distributors from 36 to 108 today
  • Expanded beer sales to 47 states (up from 32 five years ago)


Global Beer is preparing for several new beer launches in 2013, including two collaborative beers from Michigan's Arbor Brewing and Brewery Musketeers, that will be available exclusively in Michigan, plus a new label to the popular Petrus family that will be available nationally beginning in May.


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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. Beer labels imported by Global Beer Network are available in restaurants, bars and liquor stores in 47 states (excluding Alaska, Mississippi and Wyoming), Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit



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