Oregon brewery wins four gold medals in London

Oregon's Rogue Ales won a history-making four out of 11 gold medals at the 2005 International Beer Competition in London, England. Rogue also won the title of "Supreme Champion" for its Mocha Porter.

Rogue also won a silver medal, when Shakespeare Stout finished second to Mocha Porter in Stouts and Porters. Boston Beer Co. also captured five medals.

The International Beer Competition (IBC) is an important contest in the world for packaged beers and ciders, utilizing a panel of 40 judges selected from across the industry. The competition is unique in its approach to beer judging, and recognizes that for a beer to be successful in the off-trade, it not only must taste good, it must also be packaged in a unique and informative way.

The IBC judges both taste and assess the packaging. Taste determines 60% of the score and packaging 40%.

"Rogue Ales winning four gold medals and the Supreme Champion title shows it was the star of the show at the IBC," said OLN (Off License News) editor Graham Colter.