The Chicago-based BTI hosts the annual competition, which is open to all producers, distributors, retailers, agents, importers, ad agencies or public relations offices for beverages from any country in the world.
Submissions are judged in a blind tasting by a panel of BTI judges and industry professionals. Ratings are based on a 100-point scale.
Penrose’s Lemon Seltz-Up received 94 points. In its analysis, BTI noted Lemon Seltz-Up’s “Fresh, natural tasting lemonade that is pretty dang crushable.”
Lemon Seltz-Up was originally crafted in 2021 by Penrose and began packaging in cans and distributing throughout Illinois in 2023.
“We could not be more thrilled for our first foray into the hard seltzer category. To come out with a score that matches how we feel about Lemon Seltz-Up, is very exciting.,” said Tom Korder, co-founder and head brewer of Penrose Brewing. “This highlights the spectacular lemon puree we source and showcases our efforts and craftsmanship we put into all of our beverages. Our customers have been coming out in droves to our taproom and this is a testament to them, as well.”
Customers can purchase Lemon Seltz-Up on draft, in growler fills, or in 12 ounce can 4-Packs at the Penrose Taproom in Geneva, or in surrounding participating retailers throughout Illinois.
Penrose Brewing is a local craft brewery, with a focus on small batch beers, fresh hop flavors and oak fermented and aged wild ales in Geneva, Illinois. Penrose has been operating at 509 Stevens Street since it’s inception in 2014.
Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) was founded in 1981 as the first international wine competition in the United States, adding beer, spirits, cider, sake, mead and more to the repertoire in 1994. Using industry-leading methodology co-developed by our founder Craig Goldwyn and Dr. Harry Lawless of Cornell University and a one-of-a-kind approach to trade focus groups and sensory panelist recruitment. Beverage Testing Institute has become the most comprehensive and reliable source for alcohol beverage product testing and professional reviews in the world.