Utah-made Dandelion Beer wins World Cup Gold
Red Rock's first-place medal was one of three that Utah brewers brought home from the biennial competition, considered the Olympics of the beer-brewing world.
"For a brewer, a World Beer Cup gold award allows them to say that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world," said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, which sponsors the event.
Red Rock's Paardebloem, which won gold in the experimental category, is brewed using dandelion greens as a bitter in place of hops. Paardebloem, the Flemish term for dandelion, has a hazy gold color and a light effervescent taste.
The 2014 release of Paardebloem is expected to be available in Utah the first week of May, according to a Red Rock spokesman.
In this year's World Beer Cup competition, 4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries were entered. That is a 21 percent increase from 2012.