Portland, Ore. (Nov. 2, 2015) – Craft Brew Alliance a leading craft brewing company, announced today that its brands and partners brought home a total of seven coveted awards, including three first place rankings, from the 19thAnnual Great International Beer & Cider Competition held October 23, 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island.

“This is an exciting time for craft beer, with beer drinkers increasingly looking to experience new flavors and styles. At CBA, we take great pride in our commitment to brew the best-tasting, highest-quality craft beers. It’s a testament to the passion and talent of our teams – here at CBA and our partners over at Appalachian Mountain Brewery – to bring home seven awards and three first place rankings,” said Scott Mennen, chief operating officer, CBA.

2015 Great International Beer & Cider Competition Awards for Craft Brew Alliance and Partners:

• First Place: Kona Brewing Co. Big Wave Golden Ale, Light Ale-Golden Category

• First Place: Omission IPA, Gluten-Reduced Category

• First Place: Appalachian Mountain Brewery Porter, Porter, Robust Category

• Second Place: Widmer Brothers Brewing Brrr, American Amber Ale Category

• Second Place: Kona Brewing Co. Longboard Island Lager, Lager-Helles Category

• Third Place: Omission Pale Ale, Gluten-Reduced Category

• Third Place: Redhook Ale Brewery ESB, British/Irish Ale-English ESB Category

For this year’s Great International Beer & Cider Competition, 680 beers and ciders from breweries and cideries across the U.S. and around the world competed for first, second and third place awards in 59 categories. The judges panel was comprised of 120 professional brewers, beer industry professionals, and beer journalists who evaluated the entrants in blind tasting format. The judges knew only the style and subcategory of each beer and cider.

A full winners list from the Great International Beer & Cider Competition is posted at http://www.distilleryage.com/GIBC_2015_WINNERS.pdf. To see Paste Magazine’s full article and rankings, please go tohttp://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/10/blind-tasting-and-ranking-45-pumpkin-beers.html