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Eric Strader
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Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.

World Beer Cup 2014 winners announced

The 2014 World Beer Cup, an annual competition comparing beers from America's small and independent craft brewers, has announced its winners. If you're looking for a new brew to try, this is a great place to start.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.

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/



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