Blind Tiger Wins World Beer Cup Championship

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A big, big weekend for a local brewery.

On Friday, Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant and its Brewmaster John Dean brought home the title "World Champion Brewpub and Brewer, Large Brewpub Division" at the World Beer Cup.

Also known as "The Olympics of Beer," Blind Tiger described it as the "most prestigious beer competition in the world from the largest to the smallest."

Not only that, their Munich Dunkles won the Gold Award as the best beer in the world and their Maibock grabbed a Silver, making it the second best.

“The competition is incredibly stiff with amazingly great beers from more than fourteen hundred breweries from all over the world," said Jay Ives, majority owner of The Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant.

"It is a real tribute to John Dean and Alvaro Canizales that Blind Tiger Beer has been chosen for these prestigious awards. Here we are, a small local organization competing with the big boys of beer, and winning!” he added.

The Munich Dunkles beat out 33 competitors from three continents to win the "European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel" category, while the Maibock was runner-up among 34 breweries from 4 continents in the "German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock" category.