Bad Martha Wins Five Medals at The Great International Beer & Cider Competition

Bad Martha, a Martha’s Vineyard based brewing company, took home three gold and two bronze medals for its eight craft beer entries this weekend at The Great International Beer & Cider Competition in Providence, RI. In its freshman year, Bad Martha brought home gold for Martha’s Vineyard Ale (ESB category), Export Lager (Dortmunder category) and Pumpkin Pie Bock (Fruit & Spice Lager category), and bronzes for White IPA (Belgian Witbier category) and Tim’s Beach Plum Ale (Fruit & Spice Belgian category).

There were 710 beers and ciders entered in the competition from breweries and cideries from across the U.S. and around the world. This was the prestigious competition's 18th year, and it marked Bad Martha's first entry.

“We are thrilled. Our wins are fantastic recognition of our passion for making beer with local ingredients from Island farmers and producers,” says Jonathan Blum, co-founder and CEO of Bad Martha Brewing Company. “Our portfolio beers are brewed with real Martha’s Vineyard grape leaves to add a piece of the island’s soul in every bottle. Community is very important to us at Bad Martha.”

The first 10% of profits at Bad Martha go to hunger relief charities in the local communities where it is served.

 Bad Martha beer was first launched on Martha’s Vineyard on Memorial Day weekend, 2013. A year and a month later, on summer solstice, the company opened Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room, an Amish post and beam barn modeled after the wine tasting rooms in Napa Valley.

 Jim Carleton, formerly of Boston Beer Works, is brewmaster and general manager of the brewery in Edgartown. Carleton’s chemical engineering degree combines nicely with his creative side as he creates the rotating array of seven microbrews served on tap at the brewery alongside the Bad Martha portfolio of beers brewed at Mercury Brewing in Ipswich, MA. The portfolio consists of: Martha’s Vineyard Ale (5.3%) , Island IPA (5.5%), Vineyard Summer Ale (4.5%), and Vineyard Honey Ale (4.8%).

 “There are so many artists, farmers, and craftsmen on Martha’s Vineyard that provide great inspiration for our brews. From Katama Bay oysters, to island-made Not Your Sugar Mama’s chocolate, to Martha's Vineyard honey, it’s an incredible palette to work with,” says Carleton.

 Bad Martha is available in 6-packs, 12-packs and kegs on the island, Cape Cod, the greater Boston area and Chicago. Martha's Vineyard Ale and Island IPA are available year round, while Vineyard Summer Ale and Vineyard Honey Ale are available seasonally.

CONTACT: Leslie Liberatore 415-699-2524, Hot Skillet Productions leslie at hotskilletproductions dot com.

About Us:

Bad Martha beer is brewed by Bad Martha Brewing Company, Martha’s Vineyard-based venture owned by Jonathan Blum, CEO and a 20+ year seasonal resident of the island and Peter Rosbeck, COO, a long-time island resident. Blum’s plan for Bad Martha is to create not only an excellent craft beer, but also a business centered around socially responsible practices. Bad Martha was first launched on Martha's Vineyard on May 29, 2013. The following year, the company opened the Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, an Amish post & beam barn modeled after a Napa Valley style tasting room, in Edgartown on the bucolic grounds of Donaroma’s Nursery. The first 10% of profits benefits hunger relief in the community.

 Product Mission

To produce and sell the finest quality handcrafted beers made by caring employees who share a commitment to incorporate wholesome, fresh ingredients while promoting business practices that respect the community.

Social Mission 

To operate the Company in a socially responsible way, by first sharing a portion of beverage profits with local hunger relief charities and employees before rewarding its investors. 

Economic Mission

To aggressively grow sales and profits to achieve a triple bottom line - one that will financially benefit community charities, reward employees and maximize shareholder return. 

Company Motto

Get Bad.  Do Good.  Drink Responsibly.