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Utah-made Dandelion Beer wins World Cup Gold

Published April 18, 2014 6:36 pm

Beer • Red Rock Brewing Co.'s Paardebloem takes first place in the experimental beer category.
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Salt Lake City's Red Rock Brewing Co., and its experimental Belgian-style ale called Paardebloem, received a gold medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup competition recently in Denver.

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.

Other Utah winners: Moab Brewery's Squeaky Bike Nut Brown, which won a silver in the Sessions Beer category; and Uinta Brewing's Bristlecone, which won bronze in the English-Style Mild Ale division.

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.