Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager has been awarded a silver medal by the Beer Friends Association

11. 11. 2009 | České Budějovice

The results of its annual evaluation of beer, breweries and personalities in the brewing industry for 2009 have been made public today by the Beer Friends Association (BFA hereinafter). Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager has been awarded a silver medal in the “Dark Beer of 2009” category.

“Our dark lager has now received a fourth award from the BFA. In view of the large competition, this year’s medal is much appreciated, since we consider the BFA members to be real beer connoisseurs, who are dedicated to beer even in their free time on a theoretical basis as well,” says Budweiser Budvar’s PR Manager Petr Samec.   

Having been in the Budweiser Budvar’s product range since 2004, the dark lager has gained a total of nine awards in both domestic and international contests, the most prestigious being the “World’s Best Lager” title in 2007 in the international contest of the British beer magazine “Beers of the World. In the following year, the dark lager was granted a silver medal in the category “Dark Lager” from an expert panel within the Žatec (Saaz) Final Harvest and the “Dark Beer of 2008” title from the BFA. The year 2007 saw the dark lager come second in the BFA’s contest “Dark Beer of the Year” and receive a silver medal in the category “Dark Lager” from an expert panel within the Žatec (Saaz) Final Harvest Celebration. In 2006, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager was awarded a silver medal in the international quality contest organized by the Belgian International Institute for Quality Selections and the “Dark Beer of the Year” title in the Czech Republic organized by the BFA. In 2005, the panel of the oldest London beer festival called “The London Drinkers’ Beer and Cider Festival“ awarded Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager with the “Best Imported Beer“ title.
The awards by the BFA have been a traditional beer contest in the Czech Republic since 1990. The winning beers represent a combination of popularity and quality. In the first part of the contest, the BFA members and supporters conduct a vote. In the other part of the contest, members of the Beer Assembly (a body elected in accordance with the BFA rules) evaluate the beers and establish the final results. The evaluation is based on anonymous tasting. The BFA has been a member of the European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU) since 2005, where it tries to further the interests of the Czech brewing industry and at the same time gain useful experience from similarly aimed organizations. For more information about the BFA see www.pratelepiva.cz.

Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager
Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager has been in the Budweiser Budvar Brewery’s product range since 28th April 2004. It is of distinctly dark colour, a thick lasting head and a delicate roasted malt aroma. As opposed to most dark beers on the Czech market, Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager is not characterized by a prevailing sweet taste – on the contrary, it is mildly bitter with a caramel accent. It is brewed in the same procedure as the pale lager using whole heads of Žatec (Saaz) hops and water from 300m deep artesian wells. However, the two beers differ in the use of four kinds of malt: Czech, Munich, caramel and roasted. Budweiser Budvar Dark Lager has an alcohol content of 4.7% vol. and is supplied in both kegs and bottles.

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