Asheville Brewing Company’s Ninja Porter Wins 2nd World Beer Cup Medal

Asheville Brewing’s lead brewers accept World Beer Cup medal for Ninja Porter on May 3, 2018. 


L to R: Branden Mountain, lead brewer, Charlie Papazian, Brewers Association founder, Pete Langheinrich, head brewer, 
and Doug Riley, head of brewing operations. Courtesy of Brewers Association. ​

Asheville Brewing Company’s flagship porter, Ninja Porter, won a bronze medal last week at the Brewers Association’s biennial World Beer Cup Competition, held this year in Nashville, Tennessee. This is Ninja’s second medal, as the beer won gold at the 2014 World Beer Cup. Both medals are in the Brown Porter category. Few beers have medaled more than once in the so-called “Oscars of Beer.” In 2018, competition judges rated 8,234 beers from 2,515 breweries in 66 countries.

Ninja Porter is one of Asheville Brewing’s original recipes, created by Doug Riley more than 20 years ago. Riley was the brewery’s first brewer, a co-founder of the company, and he continues to manage brewing operations for the 20-year-old business, which was Asheville’s third 20th century brewery.

This much-loved brew is smooth like a Ninja but stealthily kicks in at 5.6% ABV. Asheville Brewing’s year-round porter springs from all-American hops and malts. It offers roasty aromas and flavors of chocolate, toffee, and coffee, but without too much sweetness. Ninja also is the base for some of Asheville Brewing’s most popular specialty beers, including the holiday seasonal Ninjabread Man Porter, winter seasonal Love Ninja Raspberry Chocolate Porter, and in regular rotation, Ninja Latte Milk Coffee Porter.

“We are so honored by this win in our 20th year anniversary—especially as it speaks so highly of all of our Ninja-loving customers who keep coming back for this smooth, crushable dark brew,” says Mike Rangel, Asheville Brewing Company president and co-founder. “Doug’s been brewing here since day one, and these medals are a testament to his great, consistent, mad skills.”

Ninja Porter is sold only in Asheville and Western North Carolina on draft and in 12-ounce cans.


One of Asheville’s first home-grown canned brews, Ninja Porter’s first can,
on the left, was updated a few years ago (middle and right). 

About Asheville Brewing Company
Asheville’s third brewery opened as a mash-up pizza joint, second-run movie theater, and brewpub, all wrapped up in a bright, happy, family-friendly space on Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville. A second brewpub, in downtown Asheville’s hip South Slope area, opened in 2006. That location now houses both our 15-barrel and 7-barrel brew houses, plus plenty of shiny fermentation tanks from which some of Asheville’s most well-loved, creative, award-winning brews emerge. Asheville Brewing installed Western North Carolina’s first in-house canning line in 2011. Our third location, a pizza and beer delivery and pick-up kitchen, opened in South Asheville in 2012.The brew crew produced 5,200 barrels of beer in 2017, up from 1,200 barrels in 2011. Asheville Brewing Company’s flagship and one-off brews are distributed in 12-ounce cans, on draft, and in special release 22-ounce bottles throughout Western North Carolina. Keeping Asheville Hoppy since 1998!