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Fireforge Wins Gold at World Beer Championships

GSA Biz Wire //February 20, 2024//

Fireforge Wins Gold at World Beer Championships

GSA Biz Wire //February 20, 2024//

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Fireforge Co-Founders Brian and Nicole Cendrowski

Fireforge Crafted Beer has earned three medals in the 2024 World Beer Championships® (WBC), a global competition recognizing exceptional taste and quality.

Founded in 1994 by the Beverage Testing Institute (BevTest) as the first international beer competition in the United States, the WBC sees hundreds of submissions from talented brewers around the world each year. Using a blind tasting methodology, an expert industry panel evaluates beers in 125 different categories and awards rankings on a 100-point rating scale.

Fireforge snagged gold medals for Best Flavored Ale and Best Hefeweizen with both brews receiving a gold “exceptional” distinction by scoring over 90 in BevTest’s rating system. Pecan Artist, a 5.5% ABV English Style Brown Ale, scored an impressive 93 in the world-renowned competition winning a gold medal for 2024 Best Flavored Ale. Brimming with roasted pecans, this seasonal nut brown has a mild malty character like an amber with the chocolatey roast of a porter.

He Ain’t Hefe, He’s My Brother, a 5% ABV German-Style Hefeweizen, also snagged a gold medal, scoring a 91 in the Hefeweizen category. Brewed with Southeastern-grown Riverbend Chesapeake Pilsner, this light and effervescent brew has hints of banana, lemon, and clove.

Fireforge’s Oktoberfest, a 5.5% ABV German-Style Lager, rounded out the brewery’s recognition, earning a silver medal in the Märzen/Octoberfest category with a score of 88. Full-bodied, malty and slightly bitter on the finish, this seasonal festbier heralds the brewery’s annual Oktoberfest celebration!

Launched in 2018 by Co-Founders Brian and Nicole Cendrowski, Fireforge Crafted Beer is a small-batch brewery, taproom, kitchen and biergarden in downtown Greenville, SC.

“Having our brews awarded globally for their quality reflects our commitment to creating an exceptional beer drinking experience for our guests,” said Brian.

Adds Nicole, “Our passionately-crafted beers are often at the center of memorable gatherings of friends and family. We are honored to have them also recognized by BevTest’s beer industry experts.”

With 20+ in-house brewed beers on draft, along with other craft beverages, and a locally-inspired taproom menu of shareable snacks, sandwiches and sides, guests can explore the culinary world of flavors through beer and food together.

Fireforge was named Best Brewpub/Brewery and Best Bar in the Greenville News’ 2023 Best of the Upstate awards and voted Best Local Brewery in the inaugural Post & Courier Greenville Readers’ Choice awards. Our top-selling Reuben Sammie is featured in VisitGreenvilleSC’s Eugenia Duke’s Unofficial Mayo Guide – a self-guided trail celebrating the legendary condiment!

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