Kräftig Light Sets Record with Five Consecutive Gold Medal Wins at the U.S. Open Beer Championship

12 July 2016

imageFrom Kräftig:

ST. LOUIS, MO- JULY 12, 2016

For the first time in its eight-year history, the international U.S. Open Beer Championship has awarded its fifth, consecutive Gold Medal to the William K. Busch Brewing Co. of St. Louis, MO for its Kräftig Light American lager beer, it was announced today.

The company was officially notified of the award Monday following the weekend competition in Oxford, Ohio, where breweries from Maui to Munich provided nearly 5,000 beers representing more than 90 different styled beers for judging. Beer experts from England, Canada and the United States judges the beers in blind tastings.

“We are extremely honored to be the recipient of Kräftig Light’s fifth, consecutive Gold Medal in this prestigious international beer competition, a record for any brand,” said William K “Billy” Busch, the company’s president & CEO. “All-natural American beers, Kräftig Light and Kräftig Lager are quenching the thirsts of beer drinkers throughout Missouri, parts of Kansas and Illinois, and in South Texas as we continue growing our distribution.”

Interestingly, Kräftig Brewmaster Marc Gottfried said the beer he provided to the competition “was purchased right off the shelf at a Schnucks grocery store in St. Louis. It wasn’t a special batch brewed just for the competition. It’s the same high-quality, all-natural Kräftig beer our customers buy from their local retailers to enjoy.”

Kräftig Lager and Kräftig Light have received a combined 29 Gold, Silver or Bronze medals from curated beer competitions across the U.S. since the company was launched nearly five years ago.

“We’re resuming the great American brewing-tradition that was started by my great grandfather, Adolphus Busch, where we use only the finest, all-natural ingredients – pure water, Hallertau hops, malt from two- & six-row barley, and robust yeast -- to make Kräftig beer,” Busch said. “Our brewing process results in the clean, crisp, full-flavored taste of Kräftig. You can actually taste the quality!”

Firestone Walker Brewing from Paso Robles, CA was named Grand National Champion by winning three gold medals for its Union Jack IPA, Double Jack, and Parabajava. Melvin Brewing from Jackson, WY came in second, while Cigar City Brewing from Tampa, FL took home the third place award overall.

0 comments (click to read or post):

Post a Comment

Please leave a comment...I do moderate them so it may not immediately appear...and please be nice!

WILK Friday BeerBuzz

2016 NEPA BlogCon Winner

2016 NEPA BlogCon Winner

Lets Talk Beer!

We've added some tools to encourage interaction. First and foremost, you'll see the Recent Comments section up above. This list displays the most recent comments from individual posts. Feel free to comment on ANY post by clicking on the "comments" link at the bottom of any post, or any link in the Recent Comments section. Comments are moderated, however you can choose to post anonymously.

Please also remember mybeerbuzz is very active on Facebook & Twitter and we DO support RSS feeds for posts and comments.

Advertising is not affiliated with any of the advertisers shown above. We run Ads as a way to help offset the costs to run this FREE blog....BUT if you do happen to click on any of these ads (even if you don't buy), we do eventually get a few pennies....literally.
Creative Commons License by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at

  © Copyright 2016

Back to TOP