The 2014 World Beer Cup (WBC) Awards, held in Denver’s Hyatt Regency, saw 253 different breweries, earn 281 awards in 94 different categories of beer. The WBC is often referred to as the “Olympics of Beers” and winning an award in the international competition is a top honor for any brewery.
Colorado certainly came on strong and made us proud during the event, earning 24 awards, including 10 Golds! While always great to see old favorites like Odell and Boulder Beer take an honor, it was even more exciting to see Dry Dock and Funkwerks continue their success along with young breweries getting the recognition they deserve, like Strange, Wit’s End, Verboten, Red Leg and Cannonball Creek.
The winners list is a fascinating one. Who knew Mexico was making Imperial IPA’s or Israel was brewing up Robust Porters? It might be time to seek out some international beer traders. Congrats to all of the winners and we hope you enjoy the list. *Colorado winners have been highlighted in yellow.
Diverse Winners Emerge From Largest-Ever World Beer Cup®
2014 competition saw 4,754 entries from 58 countries
Boulder, CO • April 11, 2014—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers—announced the results of one of the largest commercial beer competitions to date, the 2014 World Beer Cup Awards. The awards were presented at the conclusion of Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® in Denver, Colo.
Drawing the highest number of entries to date, this edition of the World Beer Cup saw 4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries representing 58 countries—a 21 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2012 World Beer Cup, which had 3,921 entries.
Brewers from five continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges at this tenth biennial competition, with brewers from 22 countries—ranging from Australia and Brazil to Taiwan and the United Kingdom—honored. Judges awarded 281 out of 282 total possible awards, reflecting the chance for one gold, one silver and one bronze award in each of 94 beer style categories.
This year’s event was particularly competitive; the proportion of winning breweries winning one or more awards was 18 percent, compared to 27 percent in 2012. There was a 75.6 percent increase in breweries competing this year versus 2012, which had 799 breweries that entered beers in the competition. A total of 253 breweries took home awards in 2014, a 16.6 percent increase over 2012.
A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2014 World Beer Cup Fact Sheet.
“Brewers from around the globe participate in the World Beer Cup to win recognition for their creativity and brewing skills,” said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association. “For a brewer, a World Beer Cup gold award allows them to say that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world.”
A panel of 219 judges from 31 countries participated in this year’s competition, working in teams to conduct blind tasting evaluations of the beers and determine the awards. Drawn from the ranks of professional brewers and brewing industry experts, 76 percent of the judges came from outside the United States.
· The average number of beers entered per category was 50, up from 41 in 2012.
· The category with the most entries was American-Style India Pale Ale, with 223 entries.
· The second most-entered category was American-Style Pale Ale, with 121 entries.
· The third most-entered category was Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer, with 111 entries.
The 281 awards were won by 253 breweries, with very few breweries earning more than one award.
· 226 breweries won one award.
· 26 breweries won two awards.
· One brewery won three awards.
Competition Manager Chris Swersey commented, “This is the most diverse set of winning breweries in any World Beer Cup.”
The non-U.S. entry rate and winning rate tracked very closely in the 2014 competition, with 28 percent of beers entered coming from outside the U.S., and 27 percent of awards going to beers entered from outside the U.S.
Champion Brewery/Champion Brewmaster Awards
The competition also bestows Champion Brewery and Champion Brewmaster awards in each of five brewery categories based on the awards won by each brewery. Coronado Brewing Company and Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant are first-time champion breweries in their categories.
The five Champion Brewery/Brewmaster award winners are:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Media, Media, PA Iron Hill Brewery Team
Small Brewing Company
Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR Darron Welch & Steve Panos
Mid-Size Brewing Company
Coronado Brewing Company, Coronado, CA Coronado Brewing Company
Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka, KS John Dean
Large Brewing Company
Coors Brewing Company, Golden, CO Dr. David Ryder
Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer, 23 Entries
Gold: Float Trip, Piney River Brewing Co., Bucyrus, MO
Silver: Red Dawn, Carson’s Brewery, Evansville, IN
Bronze: DD Blonde, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Eugene, OR
Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast, 25 Entries
Gold: Hefeweizen, Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland, OR
Silver: White Noise, Überbrew, Billings, MT
Bronze: Cascade Blonde, Cascade Brewery Co., Abbotsford, Australia
Category 3: Fruit Beer, 57 Entries
Gold: Cherry Kriek, Strange Brewing Co., Denver, CO
Silver: Apricot Blonde, Dry Dock Brewing Co. – North Dock, Aurora, CO
Bronze: Chchchch-Cherry Bomb, Melvin Brewing, Jackson, WY
Dry Dock Brewing
Category 4: Fruit Wheat Beer, 37 Entries
Gold: Salty Kiss, Magic Rock Brewing Co., Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Silver: Meantime Raspberry Wheat Beer, Meantime Brewing Co., London, United Kingdom
Bronze: 5 Lizard Latin Style Witbier, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Bedford Park, IL
Category 5: Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer, 57 Entries
Gold: Cucumber Crush, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend, OR
Silver: Cheval Deux, Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago, IL
Bronze: Imperial Pumpkin Smash, Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling, Ste. Genevieve, MO
Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer, 101 Entries
Gold: Mango Magnifico con Calor, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI
Silver: Bitterama, Kamala Brewing at the Whip In, Austin, TX
Bronze: Señorita, Elevation Beer Co., Poncha Springs, CO
Category 7: Chocolate Beer, 51 Entries
Gold: Shake Chocolate Porter, Boulder Beer Co., Boulder, CO
Silver: Snownami Chocolate/Raspberry Imperial Stout, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub, Minneapolis, MN
Bronze: Decadent Dark Chocolate, Atwater Brewery, Detroit, MI
Category 8: Coffee Beer, 109 Entries
Gold: Big Shot Espresso Stout, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Silver: Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout, Il Vicino Brewing Co. – The Canteen, Albuquerque, NM
Bronze: Mocha Machine, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA
Category 9: Specialty Beer, 30 Entries
Gold: Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, Willoughby Brewing Co., Willoughby, OH
Silver: Stiegl Wildshuter Sortenspiel, Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Bronze: Le Saisoniere, Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge, MA
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