The World Beer Cup released the list of winning this weekend, you can click on the link at the bottom of the post for the full list.
There are some awesome things here. SweetWater in ATL got gold for Creeper in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sours. I need to talk to Smith to make sure I get to try some of that! Black Diamond in Concord, CA got gold for their ESB, Steep Trail Amber Ale. Congrats Hoodie, get that stuff distributed to me now! Baird from Japan is the only brewery to pull 3 gold medals in this year’s WBC. Congrats to Baird and CJinJ. Schlafly has the best Kölsch in the world, big ups Drew! I need to get my hands on that as it is one of my favorite styles. Goose Island had a strong showing, 4 medals, 2 gold including their IPA. They took 1st & 3rd in the American Brown Ale category! Sierra Nevada apparently makes a better German Pils than the Germans do, taking gold in that. Trumer was one of the stops on our European Study Tour, and their fine Pils took silver. I loved that beer! My old haunt in San Diego, Pizza Port/Port Brewing, took home 7 medals! SEVEN! I haven’t done a count, but that is likely to be the largest medal haul of any brewery.
Here in NY, Ommegang got a rainbow set of 3 medals, and for some reason got a silver in a category which had no gold medal winner. Brooklyn’s fine Local 2 scored bronze in Belgian Dark Strong. Scrolling through the list of winners it is amazing how well the American Craft Brew community did. American brewing is where it’s at these days. Nobody is more creative, I love the passion in this industry for creating fantastic beers, to style or out of it. Congrats to all the winners!