EXTON – Iron Hill Brewery recently received a silver award at the Beer World Cup, for his Queen of the North in the category of strong beer aged in barrels. The World Beer Competition evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.
“Queen of the North” was brewed at Iron Hill’s Hershey by Daniel Patrick O’Leary, a senior brewer at Iron Hill.
According to a press release, a rich barley wine that has been aged in bourbon barrels for six months, Queen of the North has “intense caramel sweetness and a flavor balanced with bourbon and vanilla flavors”. It is available as a seasonal draft beer and had 11.4% by volume, or alcohol, which shows how much of the total liquid in the beer consists of alcohol.
“After my colleague Pete Corbett’s gold medal for the King of Gold at the 2021 Grand American Beer Festival, I am proud to continue the legacy of Iron Hill Brewery as the most awarded brewery east of the Mississippi,” O’Leary said in a statement.
The awards were presented in 103 beer categories during the Beer World Cup awards ceremony on May 5 in Minneapolis. The winners of the Beer World Cup were chosen by an international jury of 226 beer judges from 28 countries. The event is widely regarded as the “Beer Olympics,” the release said. The 2022 Beer World Cup has become the largest competition to date with 10,542 applications from 2,493 breweries from 57 countries.
Founded in 1996, Iron Hill has 20 locations in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Georgia. In 2020, the group opened its first large full-scale brewery in Exton to produce branded beer and seasonal favorites for a wide consumer audience through certain retail and distribution channels in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.