Haarlem, August 30, 2016 – Thursday, August 25, 2016 the winners of the Nordic Beer Challenge 2016 were announced at the Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival. The Danish minister of Environment and Food, Espen Lunde Larsen, revealed the winning beers. Craft brewery Jopen took home two silver medals. Jopen is the only Dutch brewery to win medals at the Nordic Beer Challenge 2016.

Heine, Toni and Peter from OnePint

Craft brewery Jopen received a silver medal for its India Pale Ale: Jopen Northsea IPA. Jopen Hoppenbier, a historic triple-grain double-hopped beer, won silver. Heine, Toni and Peter from OnePint, representative of the brewery, attended the award ceremony at the Copenhagen Beer & Whisky Festival.

Multiple awards
It’s been a great year so far. Jopen Northsea IPA and Jopen Hoppenbier won multiple national and international awards. Earlier this year, Jopen Northsea IPA was awarded a gold medal at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup and earned a gold medal, for the second year in a row, at the Dutch Beer Challenge. Last year this IPA was named as ‘The best beer in the Netherlands’. Thursday, August 11, 2016 Jopen Hoppenbier received a gold medal at the World Beer Awards 2016 – Country Winners.

Consumer demands
Nordic Beer Challenge is the first independent international beer competition in the Nordic countries. Nordic Beer Challenge puts the consumer demands in focus. Studies have shown that consumers are concentrating on strength of alcohol, the color of the beer and whether the taste goes in bitter, sweet or sour direction.

Nordic Beer Challenge
Professional and internationally recognized beer judges were invited to blind taste the beers. 180 beers from 20 different countries were judged. The Danish minister Espen Lunde Larsen handed over the medals to 27 breweries as a recognition of the 45 best beers, produced either in one of the Nordic countries or imported to one or more of the Nordic countries.

About Jopen
Jopen passionately produces a number of historic recipes and modern classics combining age-old recipes with playful craftiness. Distinctive, authentic and full of flavor. Craft brewery Jopen has restored the six-century-old Haarlem brewing tradition. Jopen expanded rapidly these last years, with three locations to serve you. Jopen Beer is no longer only available in the Netherlands, people drink Jopen Beer well beyond the borders. Jopen, from local craft beer to world-class craft beer.

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