BridgePort IPA has been awarded the gold medal and category champion trophy in the Brewing Industry International Awards (BIIA) competition which was held in London on April 11.

BridgePort IPA was one of 140 beers submitted in the International Ale Competition category; more than 700 beers from 40 different countries were entered in a total of eight categories overall.

Each of the eight categories (International Lagers, Bottles and Cans; International Ales, Bottles and Cans; International Specialty Beers, Draught and Packaged; International Strong Beer, Draught and Packaged; International Dark Milds, Stouts and Porters; International Draught Lager; International Keg Ale; and International Cask Conditioned Ales) was broken down by class, determined by alcohol content.

Sponsored by the British Brewers Guild, the BIIA have been run since 1886. The judges are professional, internationally-recognized master brewers. All beers are double-coded for anonymity and all branding is removed. BridgePort Brewmaster, Karl Ockert, represented the brewery in England and was present at the award ceremony to receive the medal and champion trophy.

"What a great experience to be a winner among the world's major and most recognized breweries," said Ockert. "We're very proud to take home the medals and trophy for one of the best beers in a field of international entries."

The brewery was notified in late February that BridgePort IPA had been nominated for this prestigious brewing award. However, announcement of rankings (bronze, silver, gold) was held until presentation of the Awards in London's Guildhall on April 11. The anticipation and excitement of the nomination resulted in the brewery's WHAT'LL IT BE? Sweepstakes, a random drawing to send three winners and their guests to London, to attend the award ceremony.

BridgePort Brewing Company, located in Portland, Ore.'s historic Pearl District, is Oregon's oldest craft brewery. The development of BridgePort IPA came about in early 1996, soon after the brewery became a partner with The Gambrinus Company which is based in San Antonio, Texas. BridgePort benefited from the partnership, which included a brewery expansion, technical resources, and sales and marketing efforts. BridgePort has since received several awards and distinctions. This includes a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival (Denver, 1997), a silver medal from the Great American Beer Festival (Denver, 1999), a silver medal from the World Beer Championships (1997) and "Exceptional" ratings from Chicago's Beverage Testing Institute (2000, 1999).

BridgePort Ales, including the award-winning IPA, are distributed in seven western states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Colorado and Northern California.