Hungarian brewery wins Alltech Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup

May 17, 2014 

Leo McMillen with nephew Jim Dick, right, and Jim's wife, Amy, at Sunday's Furry Run in Crittenden County. The Furry Run completed McMillen's quest to compete in a road race in every one of Kentucky's 120 counties. (Photo submitted)


A small Hungarian brewery won a professional beer competition in Lexington on Saturday.

Zip's Brewhouse of Miskolc, Hungary, was awarded the Alltech Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup for its 2013 Christmas ale, according to an Alltech news release.

The winner was named at the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest, which drew 41 national and local craft breweries and nearly 4,500 craft beer enthusiasts.

In addition to the cup, 45 bronze, 36 silver and six gold medals were awarded. Blue Stallion Brewing Co. of Lexington won silver medals for its German Pilsner, Marzen and Oatmeal Stout, as well as a bronze for its Munich Dunkel Dark Lager.

One thousand beers from 30 countries were entered in the contest.

The judging panel described Zip's entry as a "heavily spiced ale balanced with a malty sweetness, creating an ideal Christmas beer." Alltech decided to host the event after the success of its second Dublin Craft Beer Cup in Ireland in February.

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