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Craft Brew Alliance Brings Home 12 Medals From the Great International Beer & Cider Competition

Kona, Omission, Redhook and Widmer Brothers Awarded 7 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nov. 7, 2012 – Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (CBA) (Nasdaq: BREW), an independent craft brewing company operating Kona Brewing Company, Omission Beer, Redhook Brewery and Widmer Brothers Brewing, won 12 medals at the 2012 Great International Beer & Cider Competition held on Nov. 2 in Providence, RI. Kona took home two awards, including gold for the new-to-the-mainland Big Wave Golden Ale. Omission Lager and Pale Ale secured the gold and the silver medals in the gluten-free beer category. Redhook won three medals, including two gold medals. Widmer Brothers received an impressive five medals with three first-place rankings.

“Our brewers continue to push the envelope, developing interesting and great tasting brews, and we are thrilled to receive these recognitions,” said Terry Michaelson, CEO of Craft Brew Alliance. “These medals are an illustration of the depth and strength of all four of our craft beer brands. At CBA we’re proud to offer more unique and authentic craft beers that satisfy a broader range of consumers than any other craft brewery.”

Beer Category Award
Kona Big Wave Golden Ale Golden Ale Gold
Kona Pipeline Porter Robust Porter Bronze
Omission Lager Gluten Free Beer Gold
Omission Pale Ale Gluten Free Beer Silver
Redhook ESB English ESB Gold
Redhook Winterhook #28 American Amber Ale Gold
Redhook Ben Harris Beer Cream Ale Silver
Widmer Brothers Milk Stout Stout Gold
Widmer Brothers Barrel Aged Brrrbon ‘12 Strong Beer – Other Gold
Widmer Brothers SXNW Fruit & Spice – Ale Gold
Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen American Wheat Beer Silver
Widmer Brothers Old Embalmer Barleywine Strong Beer – Mixed Styles Bronze

The Great International Beer & Cider Competition included 470 beers and ciders from breweries and cideries across the U.S. and around the world. Awards for first, second and third place were presented in 44 categories of ales, lagers and ciders. Judging was carried out as a blind tasting. The judges were informed only of the style and subcategory of each beer and cider.

About Craft Brew Alliance – CBA is an independent, publicly traded craft brewing company that was formed with the merger of leading Pacific Northwest craft brewers – Widmer Brothers Brewing and Redhook Ale Brewery – in 2008. With an eye toward preserving and growing one-of-a-kind craft beers and brands, CBA was joined by Kona Brewing Company in 2010. CBA launched Omission beer in 2012.

When Kurt & Rob Widmer founded Widmer Brothers Brewing in 1984, they didn’t confine their brewing exploration to strict style guidelines. To this day, Widmer Brothers continues to create craft beers with a unique and unconventional twist on traditional styles that are award winning and please a wide range of craft beer lovers. Redhook began in a Seattle transmission shop in 1981 and those colorful roots are reflected in the brand’s personality to this day. The eminently drinkable beers consistently win awards and please crowds across the U.S. Kona Brewing was founded in 1994 by the father and son team of Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who dreamed of crafting fresh, local-island brews with spirit, passion and quality. As the largest craft brewery in Hawaii, Kona personifies the laid-back, passionate lifestyle and environmental respect of the Hawaiian people and culture. Omission beer is the first craft beer brand in the U.S. focused exclusively on brewing great tasting craft beers with traditional beer ingredients, including malted barley, that are specially crafted to remove gluten.