News 2018 World Beer Cup® Winners Announced

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,598) Aug 23, 1996 California

    8,234 entries from 66 countries compete at the “Olympics of Beer”

    Nashville, Tenn. • May 3, 2018—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—announced the results of the 2018 World Beer Cup Awards. The largest competition to date, the awards were presented at the conclusion of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

    Beers were judged during six sessions over a period of three days by an elite panel of 295 judges from 33 countries—72 percent of whom were from outside the United States. Judges evaluated 8,234 beers—a 25 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2016 World Beer Cup. Of the 2,515 participating breweries, 807 were from outside the United States.

    Out of a possible 303 awards in 101 beer style categories, 302 were awarded. One gold award was not given in Category 36, International-Style Pilsener.

    “Beer brings people together,” said Charlie Papazian, founder and past president, Brewers Association. “The World Beer Cup showcases the breadth of the global brewing community and winning an award symbolizes one of the greatest brewing achievements. Congratulations to all the winners on this remarkable accomplishment.”

    View 2018 World Beer Cup Winners List and Fact Sheet

    Competition Highlights
    • Average number of beers entered per category: 82 (a 13 percent increase from 2016)
    • Most-entered categories in 2018:
      • 377 entries in Category 93, American-Style India Pale Ale
      • 196 entries in Category 94, Imperial India Pale Ale
      • 196 entries in Category 28, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
      • 190 entries in Category 29, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
    • Number of countries represented: 66 (a 20 percent increase from 2016)
    • Countries with the most awards:
      • United States: 242
      • Canada: 14
      • Germany: 9
    • Country with the highest winning rate: Belgium (10 percent)
    • Panama won its first-ever World Beer Cup award. All other award-winning countries were previous winners.
    The Brewers Association introduced the World Beer Cup competition in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement. The 2018 World Beer Cup is made possible by the generous support of sponsors including presenting sponsor Krones, and partner sponsors Barth-Haas Group, First Key Consulting Inc., MicroStar Logistics, SAHM GmbH + Co. KG, and Siemens.

  2. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Zealot (596) Mar 10, 2013 California

    Don't they usually break down winners by state, too, or does someone else do that? Maybe it just hasn't come out yet?
  3. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (5,111) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

  4. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Zealot (596) Mar 10, 2013 California

  5. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,121) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Congratulations to Melvin, Altitude and Black Tooth representing Wyoming!
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  6. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,454) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Versatility thy name is Firestone Walker- 3 golds and a silver. Pretty damn nice on its own, but they also break down as: Bitter, Kellerbier, APA and sour. Now they need to re-release that APA on its own!
  7. darktronica

    darktronica Poo-Bah (1,761) Aug 29, 2014 Indiana
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    Another year, another set of medalists in hotly-contested categories that have sub-4.0 averages or less than 10 ratings on BA... another forum thread full of posts grousing about differences between style guidelines and what "the people" like.
  8. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (5,111) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Can't tell if you think this is a bad thing, or just just one that prompts complaints?

    Which would you personally rather take faith in- BA ratings with more inputs despite some level of various biases, or blind rankings by a handful of trained judges?
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  9. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Disciple (392) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Pretty much look like Colorado was the overall wiener.. well done, bois
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  10. pjeagles

    pjeagles Initiate (136) May 29, 2005 New Mexico

    I know this wasn't directed at me, but it's a question worth a whole thread of its own. And my answer would be the BA ratings. I find that they're more in line with what I'm looking for, particularly IPAs. I've been underwhelmed by a good amount of GABF and WBC medalists in the IPA/IIPA categories. BA ratings certainly suffer from biases, but some beers became hyped because they were that damn good to begin with.
  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,639) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Hmm, was that a misspelling or....?:thinking_face:

  12. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,010) May 13, 2011 North Carolina

    Where's the NE IPA category?
  13. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Initiate (158) Aug 2, 2017 New Jersey

    Miller Light won best Light Beer in 2016, please tell me how these awards matter?
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  14. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,378) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

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  15. JuliusPepperwood

    JuliusPepperwood Aspirant (209) Jul 21, 2013 North Carolina

    Drank the gold medal Revision IPA by chance in Boise a week ago. I can vouch for it that it is an amazing IPA. Feel pretty lucky to have stumbled upon it by accident!
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  16. Dan_K

    Dan_K Devotee (474) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    That's cool. Little old Loveland Ale Works won a bronze medal for Guava Sour. And Little Machine in Denver (small, relatively new) won the Silver.

    Rockyard in Castle Rock won a gold for German-style Pilsener.
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  17. Ranbot

    Ranbot Zealot (536) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    It's not a surprise any more, but I noted that Bob "Medal Machine" Barrar brewer for 2SP Brewing [and formerly Iron Hill Media] grabbed yet another medal for his "The Russian" imperial stout. Barrar and this beer in particular have consistently won awards over the years well beyond getting lucky.
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  18. Dan_K

    Dan_K Devotee (474) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    I don't have the final numbers, but it certainly looks like CA is going to be the overall winner. Strong showing from OR as expected. Colorado represents ~29 / 303 medals. Good showing from PA as well.
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  19. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Disciple (392) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    *** our PA :blush:
  20. Redrover

    Redrover Poo-Bah (3,003) Jan 18, 2003 Illinois

    Old Style Gets the W :grin: I mean gold.. for those who don't get my Wrigley reference.
  21. slander420

    slander420 Initiate (82) Jul 12, 2016 Florida

    If you select USA as the country then it let's you sort them by state.
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  22. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Zealot (596) Mar 10, 2013 California

    You are correct! Very handy. Thank you!
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  23. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,008) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    Give DE a shout out too. If you add the 2SP and Iron Hill awards we have to win per capita. Both of those breweries started in DE. They moved to PA when expanding due to the stupid DE distribution laws. I think we can still claim them as they are still in DE.
  24. Dan_K

    Dan_K Devotee (474) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    Here's some notable (US) states and their population for reference purposes.

    California: 44 (39.5 million)
    Colorado: 28 (5.6 million)
    Oregon: 23 (4.14 million)
    Pennsylvania: 11 (12.81 million)
    Texas: 11 (28.3 million)
    Ohio: 10 (11.66 million)
    Washington: 10 (7.41 million)
    Florida: 7 (21 million)
    New York: 7 (19.85 million)

    So yeah, Oregon has a lot to be proud of IMO.

    Shout out to Belgium winning 7 awards with a relatively small number of entrants.
  25. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,008) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    With those numbers DE comes in third with or without my fudge factor.
  26. OakvilleKGB

    OakvilleKGB Initiate (72) Dec 3, 2015 Missouri

    Does it bug anyone else that they went in alphabetical order of Bronze, Gold, Silver?
  27. JoePasko

    JoePasko Initiate (79) Mar 10, 2018 New York

    Yes it was screwing me up for a few minutes, until I figured out how they were listing them.
  28. SHDoyle

    SHDoyle Devotee (415) Sep 1, 2014 Ohio

    Do people generally put more credibility behind the GABF or the WBC? For example, is one of these the 'Miss USA' to the other's more venerable 'Miss America'? Or are they simply different competitions that garner similar respect? I'm not advocating either way, just curious to see what people thought.
  29. JoePasko

    JoePasko Initiate (79) Mar 10, 2018 New York

    I am no fan of chocolate beer, but nice to see Genesee get the win, and some recognition for its 'Genesee Brew House' subsidiary line of craft styles.
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  30. JoePasko

    JoePasko Initiate (79) Mar 10, 2018 New York

    "Also, judges may grant an award in any one or more of the three award places without granting awards in all three places. For example, judges may recognize a beer as a silver or bronze award winner; yet not grant a gold award"

    This appears to be the case with International-style Pilsner. No Gold medal awarded. Can you imagine a Miss America pageant with no Miss America, just runner-ups ... because none of the contestants were pretty enough or talented enough, or had enough poise to deserve the title ?
  31. BruChef

    BruChef Initiate (182) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Who do you think should have won?
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  32. wrwoodman

    wrwoodman Initiate (45) Sep 5, 2014 Texas

    8,234 beers
    295 judges
    Average number of beers entered per category: 82
    How can I get that gig?
  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,639) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Just like the old joke:

    “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?


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  34. surfcaster

    surfcaster Crusader (735) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    No winners from Vermont. Hmmm. Wonder who entered??
    Three from Mass and not the "usual suspects"

    NC with 5 winners--decent showing but not the household names. Legion in CLT does do variety pretty well (nice ryes, pales) despite having their sales driven by one super popular NEIPA-Juicy Jay.

    And Revision IPA wins Gold--we get that one here now and I AGREE.
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  35. rronin

    rronin Initiate (177) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    Well deserved kudos to Pelican, Chuckanut, Georgetown, Silver City, No-Li, Powell Street and Boundary Bay representing the Northwest!
  36. pjeagles

    pjeagles Initiate (136) May 29, 2005 New Mexico

    They are similar as far as number of breweries and of beers entered in the competitions, with the obvious differences being GABF is open to USA beers and World Beer Cup to, uh, the world. Also, the World Beer Cup is held every other year, so I guess you could look at it as more of a "Beer Olympics". I'd say industry people give a medal at either the same amount of weight, though winning in a style that is traditional to a certain country, like Dortmunder or Helles is to Germany, can be extra special since many of us got caught the bug from drinking great German beers to begin with.
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  37. Dandrewjohn

    Dandrewjohn Initiate (95) Apr 13, 2013 Texas

    Wow, I've never even heard of most of these brewers. There must be a lot of small guys with limited distribution, sigh.
  38. Ranbot

    Ranbot Zealot (536) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    It takes time and money to enter beers in competitions. Brewers do it in the hope they win a medal and can use it for publicity and marketing puposes. Many VT breweries only distribute locally and get by quite well on the local beer culture/awareness. Getting an award at a far away competition would probably have minimal effect on that sales model, so why bother entering?
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  39. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,378) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I have never seen a list of breweries that participated in GABF or WBC, until now. Open up the North America tab and you can see who entered.
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  40. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (5,111) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    This would re-enforce the upside/downside balance for popular breweries. If they already sell out their beer, there isn't much to gain. But if people know they entered beer and didn't win a Medal in the blind ranking then it could hurt their reputation.