by Anneli Rufus
Berkeley's Trumer Pils Brauerei just scored its third consecutive win at the 2010 World Beer Cup.
Awarded a silver medal for German-Style Pilsner at the Colorado-based Brewers' Association's "Olympics of Beer" — which is held every other year and, this year, included 3,330 beers competing in ninety categories — Trumer Pils proved once again its dedication to replicating in every detail a centuries-old European tradition.
"This win is extremely gratifying," said Trumer brewmaster Lars Larson. "Our brewers here in Berkeley are committed to brewing Trumer Pils to the high standards of our 400-year-old sister brewery in Salzburg, Austria. We toast this third consecutive World Beer Cup Medal to our brew team colleagues there as we thank them for their inspiration."
Josef Sigl VII, whose family had run Austria's Trumer for 175 years, opened Trumer Pils in Berkeley in 2003, choosing this town because its notably soft, pure water is extremely similar to Salzburg's. The Fourth Street brewery imports its malt and hops from Germany and Austria.
Trumer won gold medals at the Cup in 2006 and 2008. This year's competitors represented 642 breweries from 44 countries. Hailing from 26 countries, 179 judges worked in teams to conduct blind tastings and determine winners.