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Hungarian brewery wins Kentucky beer competition

Tiny brewery of northeastern Hungary has been awarded with first place at the Alltech Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup, the first professional beer competition in Kentucky. The victorious beer was a Christmas ale of Zip's Brewhouse in Miskolc, Hungary. The small Hungarian brewery is owned and operated by Zip Technologies, a brewery equipment supplier.

On behalf of brewer József Túróczi, Levente Gáti accepted the award from Pearse Lyons, the president of Alltech. Thirty countries competed at the competition with more than 1,000 beers. The event drew 41 national and local craft breweries with approximately 4,500 beer enthusiasts.

Zip’s Christmas 2013 beer was described by the judges as a “heavily spiced ale balanced with a malty sweetness, creating an ideal Christmas beer.” The brew boasted cinnamon, ginger, star anise, curacao, nutmeg, lemon peel, among other spices.

The successful reception of the second annual international Dublin Craft Beer Cup in Ireland in February made Alltech decide to hold the competition at home in Bluegrass. The top breweries received gold, silver and bronze medals. In total, breweries were granted 45 bronze, 36 silver, and six gold medals.