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.
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.
Brewers from five continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges at this 10th 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.
“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.”
The Midwest was well represented among the award winners and here are a few from Indiana, Michigan, Illinios and Ohio:
Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer, 23 Entries
Silver: Red Dawn, Carson’s Brewery, Evansville, Ind.
Category 4: Fruit Wheat Beer, 37 Entries
Bronze: 5 Lizard Latin Style Witbier, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Bedford Park, Ill.
Category 5: Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer, 57 Entries
Silver: Cheval Deux, Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago
Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer, 101 Entries
Gold: Mango Magnifico con Calor, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich. - this was a one-time release from Founders, but other brands of their beer are available in package and draft in Michiana
Category 7: Chocolate Beer, 51 Entries
Bronze: Decadent Dark Chocolate, Atwater Brewery, Detroit - bottles from this brewery can be found in bottle shops in Michigan
Category 9: Specialty Beer, 30 Entries
Gold: Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, Willoughby Brewing Co., Willoughby, Ohio
Category 22: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout, 72 Entries
Silver: Distinguished Eagle, Grand Rapids Brewing Co., Grand Rapids
Bronze: Siberian Night Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Akron, Ohio - I did see some bottles of this beer on the shelf at Drakes Party Center in Kalamazoo, Mich. Other brands from Thirsty Dog are available in Indiana.
Category 41: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock, 52 Entries
Silver: Hot for Teacher Ms. Doppelbock, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., Indianapolis
Category 46: Australasian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale, 33 Entries
Bronze: Marketing Ploy, Piece Brewery, Chicago
Category 56: Belgian- and French-Style Ale, 31 Entries
Gold: Domaine DuPage, Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, Ill. - this beer is available in Indiana on a seasonal basis.
Category 62: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale, 41 Entries
Gold: Devil’s Thumb, Rock Bottom – Orland Park, Ill.
Bronze: Thor’s Hammer, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, Mich.
Category 65: English-Style Mild Ale, 28 Entries
Silver: Dirty Hippy, Triptych Brewing, Savoy, Ill.
Category 72: English-Style Brown Ale, 49 Entries
Gold: Wind Walker Brown, 51 North Brewery, Lake Orion, Mich.
Category 75: Sweet Stout or Cream Stout, 43 Entries
Bronze: Cream Stout, Redwood Brewing Co., Flint, Mich.
Category 79: Old Ale or Strong Ale, 40 Entries
Bronze: Pilgrim’s Dole, New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, Mich. - this beer is available in Michigan and Indiana on a seasonal basis. Other brands from New Holland are available in both Michigan and Indiana.
Category 80: Barley Wine-Style Ale, 53 Entries
Bronze: Johan the Barleywine, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis - cans of Sun King beers are available in Indiana.
Category 85: American-Style Pale Ale, 122 Entries
Gold: The Weight, Piece Brewery, Chicago
Category 87: American-Style India Pale Ale, 224 Entries
Silver: Head Hunter, Fat Head’s Brewery, Middleburg Heights, Ohio - Head Hunter is available in both package and draft in Indiana.
Category 90: Imperial Red Ale, 44 Entries
Gold: Uncle Rusty, Columbus Brewing Co., Columbus, Ohio
Silver: Bonehead, Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, North Olmsted, Ohio
Category 91: American-Style Brown Ale, 48 Entries
Gold: Bonfire Brown Ale, Saugatuck Brewing Co., Douglas, Mich.
Category 93: American-Style Stout, 49 Entries
Gold: The Defender, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago
Other award winning breweries with beer available in Indiana include Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, Colo.) Sawtooth Ale Gold Medal: Ordinary or Special Bitter, Sprecher Brewing (Glendale, Wis.) Black Bavarian Gold Medal: German-Style Schwarzbier, Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau (Munchen, Germany) Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel Silver Medal: German-Style Dark Wheat Ale, Sierra Nevada (Chico, Calif.) Ruthless Rye Silver Medal: Rye Beer, and The Bruery (Anaheim, Calif.) Oude Tart Silver Medal: Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale.
For the full results, go to the World Beer Cup website at http://www.worldbeercup.org/