Earth Rider Brewery claimed a bronze award in the 2018 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.

Awards were given in 101 beer-style categories during the World Beer Cup award ceremony on May 3, 2018 at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Earth Rider was awarded a bronze award in the Oatmeal Stout category for its North Tower Stout, an ale with malty accents of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit balanced with a restrained hop presence. Earth Rider, a production brewery on the Superior working harbor, crafts beer for the Twin Ports and the South and North shores of Lake Superior.

"A lot of things have to go right to make beer worthy of an award at the World Beer Cup. This accolade is a testament to the knowledge and attention to detail of our brewing team," said Tim Nelson, founder of Earth Rider Brewery.

World Beer Cup winners were selected by an international panel of 295 beer judges from 33 countries, 72 percent of whom were from outside the United States. Widely regarded as the "Olympics of Beer," the World Beer Cup had a field of 8,234 entries from 2,515 breweries in 66 countries - the largest competition to date.