Kannah Creek brew wins World Beer Cup

Jim Jeffryes, co-owner of Kannah Creek Brewing Company, pours a Lands End Amber from the tap Friday afternoon.



If you’re going to drink beer this weekend, why not drink the best?

Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s Lands End Amber won the 2010 World Beer Cup in Chicago in April.

The golden light amber was entered in the German-style Brown Ale/Dusseldorf-style Altbier category where it competed against 36 other similar beers from around the world.

“I guess it just shows that our craftsmanship can outperform anybody else,” said co-owner Jim Jeffryes at the bar Friday afternoon.

This is the second time a Kannah Creek beer has been ranked as “Best in the World” by the Brewers Association’s prestigious beer competition. The Pale Ale won a gold medal two years ago in the World Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, another prestigious competition.

“It shows it’s not just a fluke,” Jeffryes said, “you can take shortcuts or you can put love into making sure everything is right.”

Winners of the competition earn little more than bragging rights and a plaque but for Jeffyries ” it just re-establishes that we are on the right track.”

Competing against and winning against the Germans, who have been brewing for hundreds of years, feels pretty good though Jeffryes said.

Kannah Creek beer is only available at the pub on 1960 N. 12th St., at Gateway Canyons Resort in Gateway, and at Naggie McGees in Downtown Grand Junction.

Only 800 barrels of beer are made at Kannah Creek yearly to satisfy thirsty locals who can now brag about drinking the best beer in the world.

Kannah Creek is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and closes at 11 p.m. on weekends. For information, call 263-0111.

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