News 2012 World Beer Cup Winners Announced

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  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,093) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    BOULDER, CO (May 2012) — Brewers from around the world received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup. The ninth bi-annual competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories. A 17.7 percent increase over 2010, the entries were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards in their respective categories. Judges presented a total of 284 awards.

    A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2012 World Beer Cup Fact Sheet (PDF).

    "It's called 'The Olympics of Beer Competition' for good reason," said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996. "The event brings together great brewers from all corners of the globe. Plus, the awards are highly regarded. A brewer who wins a World Beer Cup gold award knows that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 World Beer Cup. The Brewers Association and the proud sponsors of our event thank all participating brewers for their involvement."

    The 2012 judging panel was the largest and most international in the history of the World Beer Cup. Judges from 27 countries conducted blind tasting evaluations of the beers to determine the winners. Drawn from the ranks of professional brewers and brewing industry experts, these 211 judges came mostly from international breweries, with some 67 percent from outside the U.S. In addition to the judging panel, over 250 volunteers helped sort beer entries and steward the competition.

    The judging criteria are exacting—some categories are not given the full slate of awards if the panel decides that the entries do not merit recognition.

    Highlights from the competition:
    • The average number of beers entered per category was 41.
    • The category with the most entries was American-Style India Pale Ale, with 150 entries. The second most-entered category was Imperial India Pale Ale, with 93 entries. The German-Style Sour Ale category had the fewest number of entries at 11.
    • The 2012 World Beer Cup saw substantial growth of entries in the American-Style India Pale Ale category. Category entries grew 41.5 percent over 2010 to make it the largest category of the 2012 competition.
    • Additionally, Champion Brewery and Champion Brewmaster awards are given in each of five brewery categories based on the awards won by each brewery in the given size category.
    The five Champion Brewery/Brewmaster award winners are:

    Small Brewing Company Category
    Brauerei Michael Plank, Michael Plank

    Mid-Size Brewing Company Category
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Matthew Brynildson

    Large Brewing Company Category
    AB InBev, Claudio Ferro

    Small Brewpub Category
    Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant-Media, Iron Hill Brewery Team

    Large Brewpub Category
    Pelican Pub & Brewery, Darron R S Welch

    The complete list of award winners is available for download.

    Presenting Sponsor Krones, and Partner Sponsors Ball, Barth-Haas Group,Sahm, Siemens and Verallia, proudly supported the 2012 World Beer Cup.

  2. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (971) Sep 4, 2010 California
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    I was wondering why the other one was locked just to start the same thread on your own....but then I saw all the great info and explanations. Cheers!
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  3. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Meyvn (1,487) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    Not sure why starting a completely different thread was necessary, but at any rate I'm glad to see Dogfish Head getting a Silver for Noble Rot. That brewer gets a lot of crap from some people who frequent this site, but I have always admired their willingness to experiment with new styles, strange ingredients, and unusual flavor combinations.
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  4. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,093) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    Because it should have been posted under Beer News and posted in correct format ... organizations and businesses prefer Todd and I to post news and press releases properly rather than a jumbled mess or a link to aggregated beer news sites. :wink:
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  5. Rymar9

    Rymar9 Aspirant (264) Jan 24, 2011 South Carolina
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    Nice to see olde hickory taking home a couple bronze medals for event horizon (even though EH is better IMO than BA Boris which took home the gold) and imperial stout. Also, good to see king Henry winning a silver, but i would have liked to see it take the gold instead of Utopias. What a phenomenal beer..
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  6. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    No surprise there were 150 entries in the American IPA category or the continued growth of entries to it, just waiting for the bubble to burst. Much like every industry that hands out awards plenty of parody to go 'round. Just look @ the Oscar's and the Grammy's ,:rolling_eyes:
  7. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,212) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Lots of Colorado breweries did well. The Bull and Bush, Dry Dock, Ska, Rockyard, Rocky Mountain, Odell, Sandlot, AC Golden, and more.
    It's also cool to see La Cumbre out of NM continuing to fly under the radar but accumulate medals.
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  8. phillybeer7779

    phillybeer7779 Initiate (0) May 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Very cool to see the 3 golds for Iron Hill in Media, Bob and company are good people.
    mikeg531, Kaydogg and benart like this.
  9. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (956) Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Mattina Rossa beat out Supplication. Now if only they'd make it again and actually release it this time.

    Also congrats to the Alchemist on winning a Silver for Luscious. I bet that felt good considering the background story of that beer.
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  10. goosewhisperer

    goosewhisperer Initiate (0) May 28, 2011 Colorado

    Glad to see these guys getting some love. Odell with their IPA getting Silver, and their Double Pils getting Bronze is sweet!

    Also a huge congratulations to Firestone Walker for Mid Sized Brewer of the Year!
  11. guajolote

    guajolote Aspirant (250) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    Picked up a bottle of Logsdon Peche 'n Brett on Friday. On Saturday, it wins a Gold at the WBC. As if I needed another reason to look forward to drinking it!

    Also interesting to see (at least from my Oregon-centric perspective) that neither Cascade nor Hair of the Dog participated.
  12. peteinSD

    peteinSD Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2010 California

    Category 43: American-Style Lager or Light Lager, 39 Entries
    Gold: Coors Light, Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO
    Silver: Michelob Ultra, Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, MO
    Bronze: Michelob Light, Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, MO

    bam. Michelob Ultra edging out Michelob Light for the silver. intense!!!!
    MarkVegas, nawset, Hanzo and 4 others like this.
  13. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,275) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    The American IPA Gald went to Kuhnhenn's, a Michigan Brewery. A hoppy beer from the North Coast. :wink:
  14. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Glad to see Cambridge Brewing Company take Gold with Sgt. Pepper, Congrats to will and all the brewers over there!
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  15. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (232) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
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    My sentimental self is happy that John Kimmich won Silver for "Luscious" - one of the last beers ever brewed at the Alchemist. I will save mine for a very special occasion befitting its legacy.
    cavedave, guzzle211 and avenuepub like this.
  16. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (444) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    I know you guys may hate me for this, but I always wish for Italy to make a bigger mark because I believe we have something valuable to add :grinning:
  17. bushycook

    bushycook Aspirant (235) Jan 31, 2011 Virginia
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    Um, ...yeah! Italy's got some crazy creative shit goin' on!
  18. Rzzzzz

    Rzzzzz Devotee (424) Nov 10, 2007 California

    Where was this stuff five years ago when I was in Mexico City for a week, desperate for some craft?
    Category 7: Chocolate Beer, 34 Entries
    Gold: Házmela Rusa, La Chingonería, Mexico City, Mexico
    Silver: X-1 Chocolate Imperial Rye Porter, DuClaw Brewing Co., Bel Air, MD
    Bronze: Odin’s Raven, Alpine Beer Co., Alpine, CA
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  19. Rzzzzz

    Rzzzzz Devotee (424) Nov 10, 2007 California

    What's wrong with this picture?
    Category 55: Belgian-Style Witbier, 50 Entries
    Gold: Allagash White, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME
    Silver: Hoegaarden, Hoegaarden Brewery, New York, NY
    Bronze: La Perouse White, Maui Brewing Co., Lahaina, HI
    Category 56: French- & Belgian-Style Saison, 44 Entries
    Gold: Carnevale, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
    Silver: Saison Station 55, Hopfenstark Brewery, L’Assomption, Canada
    Bronze: Urban Farmhouse Ale, The Commons Brewery, Portland, OR
    Category 57: Belgian- and French-Style Ale, 22 Entries
    Gold: FSB Spring Brew, Front Street Brewery, Wilmington, NC
    Silver: Saison Noir, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI
    Bronze: Gift of the Magi, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
    Category 58: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale, 32 Entries
    Gold: Ommegang Rare Vos, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY
    Silver: Leffe Blonde, AB InBev, New York, NY
    Bronze: Troubadour Blond, Brouwerij The Musketeers, Ursel, Belgium
    Category 59: Belgian-Style Sour Ale, 27 Entries
    Gold: Oude Geuze Boon, Brouwerij Frank Boon, Lembeek, Belgium
    Silver: Oude Kriek Oud Beersel, Oud Beersel, Beersel, Belgium
    Bronze: Fifth Element Vintage 2011, Squatters Pub Brewery, Salt Lake City, UT
    Category 60: Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale, 16 Entries
    Gold: Oude Tart, The Bruery, Anaheim, CA
    Silver: Monomoy Kriek, Cisco Brewers, Nantucket, MA
    Bronze: Oud Jeremiah, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery - Brea, Huntington Beach, CA
    Category 61: Belgian-Style Dubbel, 39 Entries
    Gold: Leffe Brown, AB InBev, New York, NY
    Silver: Belgian Dubbel, Bier Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
    Bronze: Ovila Dubbel, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
    Category 62: Belgian-Style Tripel, 57 Entries
    Gold: Westmalle Trappist Tripel, Westmalle Trappist Brewery, Westmalle, Belgium
    Silver: Nectar des Dieux, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI
    Bronze: Steenbrugge Tripel, Palm Breweries, Steenhuffel, Belgium
    Category 63: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale, 33 Entries
    Gold: Piraat, Van Steenberge, Ertvelde, Belgium
    Silver: Thor’s Hammer, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI
    Bronze: Prisoner of Hell, Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, PA
    Category 64: Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale, 41 Entries
    Gold: Batch 333: The Velvet Fog, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
    Silver: Two Tortugas Belgian Quad, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
    Bronze: Grand Prestige, Hertog Jan Brouwerij, Arcen, Netherlands
    Category 65: Other Belgian-Style Ale, 41 Entries
    Gold: Seef, Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie, Hove, Belgium
    Silver: Gauloise Amber, Brasserie du Bocq, Purnode, Belgium
    Bronze: Rhinoceros, Telegraph Brewing Co., Santa Barbara, CA

    Belgian styles, GOLD
    USA 7
    Belgium 4
    Belgian styles, SILVER
    USA 8
    Belgium 2
    Belgian styles, BRONZE
    USA 8
    Belgium 2
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  20. RattleheadKV2

    RattleheadKV2 Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2011 New Mexico

    Awesome to see La Cumbre take home Bronze in American IPA, and Silver in Foreign Stout. Elevated IPA, and Malpais stout are tow of my all time faves. Now they just need to start canning em already!
  21. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Michigan

    Living in Michigan, I have never heard of Bastone or seen any of their beers. Way to represent, regardless!
  22. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,275) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    You need to go to Royal Oak, as they are not a packaging brewery. They have a brewpub license.
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  23. Mattmc1973

    Mattmc1973 Initiate (167) Jun 4, 2008 Michigan
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    Awesome to see Kuhnhenn's DRIPA win gold in the IPA category, even though it is a Double IPA. I had a 1/4 barrel of it in my kegerator about a year ago, and it was very malty and bordering on a barleywine. But I had one at the pub last week that was from a very fresh batch and it was much paler, crisper, and more hoppy. Delicious!
  24. beenitty

    beenitty Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2010 New Jersey

    +1 to dripa, i lloved it and apparently the judges did too!
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  25. miketd

    miketd Zealot (520) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    This is what I was thinking - that it is really malty/boozy and was surprised how well it did. Must have been a good batch.

    Anyway, props to Fat Head's for the silver in American IPA and Battle Axe for getting a Baltic Porter gold.
  26. Fitshaced

    Fitshaced Aspirant (225) Feb 29, 2012 Colorado

    This is hilarious. Because you can copy and paste better, LMFAO:rolling_eyes:
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  27. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
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    Two Tortugas actually won an award???
  28. trxxpaxxs

    trxxpaxxs Meyvn (1,308) Mar 5, 2010 New York
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    Sgt. Pepper gets a gold? Not surprised at all. That beer is incredible. Way to go CBC!!
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  29. juankzas

    juankzas Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2008 Mexico

    La Chingonería is a brewery that has been in the market only for three years, Házmela Rusa was the first beer they brewed.
  30. ninner00

    ninner00 Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2010 Ohio

    Wow way to kick it Fat Heads!

    Category 29: Baltic-Style Porter, 28 Entries
    Silver: Battle Axe Baltic Porter, Fat Heads Brewery, North Olmsted, OH
    Category 88: American-Style India Pale Ale, 150 Entries
    Silver: Head Hunter IPA, Fat Heads Brewery, North Olmsted, OH
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  31. guzzle211

    guzzle211 Disciple (377) Jul 5, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Concur wholeheartedly - this brew is fantastic, and the fact that the tank was bobbing against the ceiling gives it a great storyline. I love Iron Hill RIS, and I'm happy to see Luscious get some well-deserved recognition, but it should have taken gold!
  32. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (602) May 28, 2010 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    awesome. filled up a growler of it last weekend when I was up there!
  33. HurricaneDitka

    HurricaneDitka Initiate (134) Dec 25, 2011 Michigan

    Category 44: American-Style Premium Lager or Specialty Lager, 37 Entries
    Gold: Steel Reserve, Miller Brewing Co., Golden, CO
    Silver: Evans Original, Cervecería Mexicana, Corona, CA
    Bronze: Icehouse, Miller Brewing Co., Golden, CO

    OE800 Ice was robbed.
  34. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (956) Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    It was easily one of my favorite beers of last year and sort of re-kindled my love for the style after being burnt out on it for a while.
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  35. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (944) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
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    Category 78: Scotch Ale, 51 Entries
    Gold: Wee Heavy, Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO
    Silver: Way Heavy, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA
    Bronze: Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, Kettlehouse Brewing Co., Missoula, MT

    Dry Dock Wee Heavy FTW! I've been recommending this beer ever since it's come out, my favorite Wee Heavy by far.
  36. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (944) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Hoegaarden from NY? I don't think so. While owned by AB InBev, Hoegaarden is still brewed in Belgium from what I understand.
  37. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2011 California

    Results by State:

    California: 55 (total)
    San Diego County: 16 (with another 4 in Orange County by Pizza Port San Clemete, based in SD)
    Colorado: 26
    Oregon: 13
    Washington/Wisconson: 9
    Michigan: 7
    Illinois/Massachuttes/Montana: 4
    North Carolina/Indiana: 3

    I love numbers, polls count for nothing for best states/regions/cities when hard numbers clearly show who's on top.
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  38. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    What's the breakdown by county for Colorado?
  39. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2011 California

    Beats me, click the link and look it up. It's a pdf and I simply used a tally sheet with tick marks. I live in San Diego so I know which breweries are where, but I don't know CO and it's not broken down by anything other than city/state.

    The CO results also includes a lot of Macro crapola, but medals are medals.
  40. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,275) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

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