Friday, February 24, 2012
Craft Brewers Well Represented in James Beard Award Semi-Finalist List
The 2012 James Beard Awards semi-finalists list has been released, and more craft brewers than ever before have been nominated for this internationally recognized achievement in the category of Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professionals.
Receiving a Beard Award is the highest honor one can receive within the food and beverage industry in America.
"It's so cool that this year there are more craft brewers that made the list than in any previous years the awards have existed," said Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales. "It shows that craft beer has truly gained respect in the culinary world."
Nominated Craft Beer Professionals
Sam Calagione | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery | Milton, Delaware
Ken Grossman | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. | Chico, California
Jim Koch | Boston Beer Company | Boston, Massachusetts
Garrett Oliver | Brooklyn Brewery | Brooklyn, New York
Sean Lilly Wilson | Fullsteam | Durham, North Carolina
Greg Engert | Beer Director of Neighborhood Restaurant Group
The finalists will be announced on March 19, and the awards ceremony will be held on May 7, at the Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.