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Sprecher's Black Bavarian was first made as a homebrew in 1972.

Sprecher Black Bavarian wins the gold at World Beer Cup

This past September, Sprecher Black Bavarian, a beer first made by Randy Sprecher as a home brew in 1972, was Milwaukee's lone representative on the new Men's Journal list, "The 24 Best Beers in America."

Turns out that honor was well deserved.

This past week, Sprecher's signature brew beat out 46 other entries to take home a gold medal in the German-style Schwarzbier category at one of the toughest international beer competitions, the 2014 World Beer Cup.

Black Bavarian has long been one of Sprecher Brewing Company's most highly regarded beers -- both among beer lovers and contest judges. However, this is the first time the brew has won honors at the World Beer Cup.

Sprecher's Shakparo, a West African-style beer, also won a bronze medal in a field of 17 entries in the gluten-free beer category.

In terms of brand new products, the Glendale company started selling an alcoholic root beer, Bootlegger's Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer, last year, and they plan to release a hard ginger beer sometime in May.

Will it be award winning? Customers will just have to wait and see.


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