USA: 302 medals awarded in world's hardest beer competition

The winner of the 2018 World Beer Cup awards were announced yesterday at the closing ceremony of this year’s Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The largest competition to date had 8,234 beers (+25% compared to the last event in 2016), which were judged during six sessions over a period of three days by a panel of 295 judges from 33 countries—72 percent of whom were from outside the United States. One third (807) of the 2,515 participating breweries were from outside the United States.

302 gold, silver and bronze awards were given in in 101 beer style categories with an average of 82 beers entered per category. This means that only one in 27 beers entered in the World Beer Cup was awarded a medal, which makes it the hardest beer competition in the  world.

The countries with the most awards were the United States (242), Canada (14) and Germany (9).

In comparison the largest beer competition outside the United States was last year’s European Beer Star with 2,151 beers entered from 46 countries and judged by 133 experts from 26 countries in 60 categories. On average one in 12 beers entered in the European Beer Star was awarded a medal. (, 13.9.2017)

“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.”

The winners of the 2018 World Beer Cup awards are:

Beer Style CategoryMedalBeer Brand NameBrewery
Aged BeerGoldVladislavDiebolt Brewing Co.
SilverObliviousGriffin Claw Brewing Co.
BronzeSolzhenitsynIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Media
American-Belgo-Style AleGoldKlipspringerMetazoa Brewing Co.
SilverJuxtaposeFour Winds Brewing Co.
BronzeBrother Harker PatersbierBarrel Head Brewhouse
American-Style Amber LagerGoldBrooklyn LagerBrooklyn Brewery
SilverTragedy of the CommonIowa Brewing Co.
Bronze89AleO.H.S.O. Brewery - Paradise Valley
American-Style Amber/Red AleGoldOle ProspectorBNS Brewing & Distilling Co.
SilverFaction RedFaction Brewing Co.
BronzeTruckee River RedGreat Basin Brewing Co. - Sparks
American-Style Black AleGoldBivouac Black IPAHutton & Smith Brewing Co.
SilverMidnight MoonlightFat Heads Brewery - Middleburg Heights
BronzeHoppa EmeritusBeachwood BBQ & Brewing - Long Beach
American-Style Brown AleGoldCell Block 304Parkersburg Brewing Co.
SilverMr. DynamiteMad Chef Craft Brewing
BronzeRestraintInstitution Ale Co.
American-Style Imperial StoutGoldCultivating MassCooperage Brewing Co.
SilverBlack Walnut Belgian Imperial StoutRaised Grain Brewing Co.
BronzeHoliDAVEArtifex Brewing Co.
American-Style India Pale AleGoldRevision IPARevision Brewing Co.
SilverRadiant BeautyGreen Cheek Beer Co.
BronzeBailing RoomPinthouse Pizza - S. Lamar
American-Style Lager or American-Style Cream AleGoldOld Style LagerPabst Brewing Co.
SilverPabst Blue RibbonPabst Brewing Co.
BronzeHamm'sMiller Brewing Co.
American-Style Pale AleGoldC-HopsFirestone Walker Brewing Co.
SilverDouble NickelsDocent Brewing
BronzePennyrile Pale AleWest Sixth Brewing Co.
American-Style Sour AleGoldRaspberryUpland Brewing Co. - Bloomington Brewpub
SilverKrieky BonesFirestone Walker Barrelworks
BronzeGuava HappensThe Rare Barrel
American-Style StoutGoldBlack CliffsBoise Brewing
SilverFeeling My OatsSwamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom
BronzeDisorderBarley Brown's Brew Pub
American-Style Strong Pale AleGoldGreen BattlesPinthouse Pizza - Burnet
SilverBreakside Wanderlust IPABreakside Brewery & Taproom
BronzeGore Creek IPAVail Brewing Co.
American-Style Wheat BeerGoldDark O' the MoonTilted Axis Brewing Co.
SilverWhacked Out WheatTelluride Brewing Co.
BronzeClutch's American WheatTustin Brewing Co.
American-Style Wheat Beer with YeastGoldMiner's Gold HefeweizenLewis & Clark Brewing Co.
SilverBeehive Honey WheatBristol Brewing Co.
BronzeBayWatchElk Horn Brewery
Australian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale AleGoldBreakside Lunch Break ISABreakside Brewery & Taproom
SilverNail VPANail Brewing
BronzePete's Stash PaleVail Brewing Co.
Baltic-Style PorterGoldBangor Slate Baltic PorterTwo Rivers Brewing Co.
SilverDoggerlandOakshire Brewing
BronzeDanzigDevils Backbone Brewing Co. - Outpost
Barley Wine-Style AleGoldShipfacedSilver Harbor Brewing Co.
Silver10&2Fifty West Brewing Co.
BronzeOld BounderBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Belgian- and French-Style AleGoldBiere de VoleurHorse Thief Hollow
SilverDomaine DuPageTwo Brothers Brewing Co.
BronzeThe Roman WolfBastone Brewery
Belgian-Style Dark Strong AleGoldHertog Jan Grand PrestigeHertog Jan
SilverVII Kings Belgian Dark StrongBlind Owl Brewery
BronzeLeFortOmer Vander Ghinste
Belgian-Style Dubbel or Belgian-Style QuadrupelGoldAbbey DubbelElm City Brewing Co.
SilverBJ's QuadBJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Boulder
BronzeBelgian Quad7venth Sun Brewery
Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red AleGoldOud BruinFunkwerks
SilverOllyFree Will Brewing Co.
BronzeFlanders Sour AleRebellion Brewing Co.
Belgian-Style Fruit BeerGoldNectarine Golden AlepFriem Family Brewers
SilverRosettaBrewery Ommegang
BronzeWallflower Spring SaisonFat Bottom Brewing Co.
Belgian-Style Pale Ale or Belgian-Style Blonde AleGoldVincianneTrue North Ale Co.
SilverGouverneur BlondLindeboom Bierbrouwerij
BronzeDomestique Belgian Blonde AleRouleur Brewing Co.
Belgian-Style Pale Strong AleGoldLa MancinaBirrificio del Forte
SilverThe CannibalIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Maple Shade
BronzeJuliusInBev Belgium
Belgian-Style Sour AleGoldOude Geuze Boon VAT 108Brouwerij Boon
SilverLindemans Cuvée René Oude KriekLindemans Brewery
BronzeEl SurCasa Agria Specialty Ales
Belgian-Style TripelGoldTripel LeFortOmer Vander Ghinste
Silver33 Acres of Euphoria33 Acres Brewing Co.
BronzeHoegaarden Grand CruInBev Belgium
Belgian-Style WitbierGoldCamden Gentlemans WitCamden Town Brewery
SilverWhite RascalAvery Brewing Co.
BronzeHoegaarden WhiteInBev Belgium
Berliner-Style WeisseGoldBaywindow10 Barrel Brewing Co. - Bend
SilverPeach Berliner WeisseRevelation Craft Brewing Co.
BronzeRaspberry RickeyBrewery Rex
Bohemian-Style PilsenerGoldChuckanut PilsnerChuckanut Brewery
SilverBobcat PilsnerAdirondack Pub and Brewery
BronzeCheck PilsBeaver Island Brewing Co.
Brett BeerGoldSaison TrysteroOur Mutual Friend Brewing
SilverGenetic Drift with PeachesSpeciation Artisan Ales
BronzeFantastic VoyageGigantic Brewing Co.
British-Style Imperial StoutGoldLaitilan Imperiaali StoutLaitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas
SilverThe Russian2SP Brewing Co.
BronzeKill the LightsThe Tap Beer Co.
Brown PorterGoldJames Squire 'Jack of Spades' PorterMalt Shovel Brewery
SilverFivePine Chocolate PorterThree Creeks Production
BronzeNinja PorterAsheville Brewing Co.
Chili BeerGoldMcFate Hatch Chile GatosMcFate Brewing Co.
SilverDatilMotorworks Brewing
BronzeHeat of the NightHoparazzi Brewing Co.
Chocolate BeerGoldGenesee Brew House Pilot Batch Dark Chocolate Scotch AleGenesee Brewing Co. - Genesee Brew House
SilverSomebody Else's DreamFort Myers Brewing Co.
BronzeAssault N FudgeryBarrage Brewing Co.
Classic English-Style Pale AleGoldValley Isle ESBMaui Brewing Co.
SilverPrickly Pear Pale AleLewis & Clark Brewing Co.
BronzeAnnadel Pale AleThird Street Aleworks
Classic Irish-Style Dry StoutGoldDraíochtGalena Brewing Co.
SilverSlainteLegion Brewing Co.
BronzeFaricy's Dry StoutArbor Brewing Co. Microbrewery
Coffee BeerGoldGusto CremaGeorgetown Brewing Co.
SilverPablo EscobeerBeachwood BBQ & Brewing - Long Beach
BronzeBreakfast of Champions Coffee LagerRiot Brewing Co.
Coffee Stout or PorterGoldPortola Breakfast StoutTustin Brewing Co.
SilverMocha MachineBeachwood BBQ & Brewing - Huntington Beach
BronzeOdinCerveceria Rámuri
Dark LagerGoldNight TrainSteamworks Brewing Co.
SilverAlternate PresentFiction Beer Co.
BronzeČernéChainline Brewing Co.
Dortmunder/Export or German-Style OktoberfestGoldOtt SpezialSchussenrieder Brauerei
SilverAlpirsbacher SpezialAlpirsbacher Klosterbraeu Glauner Co.
BronzeThe WeaselC.B. & Potts / Big Horn Brewery - Fort Collins
Double Red AleGoldLocal Shred RedAlvarado Street Brewery
SilverBorn & RaisedNo-Li Brewhouse
BronzeRed NutBentSpoke Brewing Co.
English-Style Brown AleGoldBig Ben Brown AleBull & Bush Brewery
SilverShaven YakWichita Brewing Co.
BronzeSweet JosieLonerider Brewing Co.
English-Style India Pale AleGoldShanghai'd IPAOld Town Brewing
SilverBreakside Old World IPABreakside Brewery & Beer Hall
BronzeOrbiter IPAEcliptic Brewing
English-Style Mild AleGoldWorking Class Hero Dark MildRiot Brewing Co.
SilverSaddle Bronc BrownBlack Tooth Brewing Co.
BronzeBlack Tusk AleWhistler Brewing Co.
English-Style Summer AleGoldBeaverton BlondeGolden Valley Brewery
SilverProviderSteel Toe Brewing
BronzeBruton di BrùtonBrùton
Experimental BeerGoldSn4 CuvéeLogsdon Farmhouse Ales
SilverHickory Peach Wee HeavyThe Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project
BronzeWild Barrels Project #5Lost Forty Brewing
Export StoutGoldBig WallStrike Brewing Co.
SilverStarway StoutBarrel Mountain Brewing
BronzeNox ArcanaCerveza Fauna
Extra Special BitterGoldOld Jalopy Pale AlePowell Street Craft Brewery
SilverPuddlers Row ESBConshohocken Brewing Co.
BronzeRaleigh PrideOak & Dagger Public House
Field BeerGoldTupiniquim Pecan Imperial StoutCervejaria Tupiniquim
SilverThe PatsyBarley Forge Brewing Co.
BronzeBeet Cream AleCogstone Brewing Co.
French & Belgian-Style SaisonGoldLa Finca MiamiThe Tank Brewing Co.
SilverBord du LacAmsterdam Brewing Co.
BronzeFarmhouseKarl Strauss Brewing Co. - 4S Ranch
Fresh or Wet Hop AleGoldMore Like Bore-O-PhyllCall To Arms Brewing Co.
SilverThis Year's Crop Wet HopPinthouse Pizza - Burnet
BronzeFresh FrozenCloudburst Brewing
Fruit BeerGoldChchchch-Cherry BombMelvin Brewing - Jackson
SilverRazz Against the MachineLittle Machine
BronzeAmerican Sour Ale with GuavaLoveland Aleworks
Fruit Wheat BeerGoldMango CartGolden Road Brewing
SilverPassionate Envy10 Barrel Brewing Co. - Bend Pub
BronzeBitchin' BerryGreat Basin Brewing Co.
Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour BeerGoldRiservaWeyerbacher Brewing Co.
SilverRitual MadnessDunedin Brewery
BronzePeach ClimactericWeldWerks Brewing Co.
German-Style AltbierGoldAltitude AltAltitude Chophouse and Brewery
SilverAlt BierDevils Backbone Brewing Co. - Basecamp
BronzeAltstadt AltAltstadt Brewery
German-Style Bock or MaibockGoldWonderlandSilver City Brewery
SilverMoninger Bertold Bock DunkelHatz-Moninger Brauhaus
BronzeBreakline BockRip Current Brewing
German-Style Doppelbock or EisbockGoldSmooth Like JazzRevelry Brewing Co.
SilverDoppelbockKansas City Bier Co.
BronzeDouble Love HoneyLost Forty Brewing
German-Style KoelschGoldChuckanut Kolsch StyleChuckanut Brewery
SilverAmerican Harvest KolschAmerican Harvest Brewpub at Schoolcraft College
BronzeNBD KolschCerberus Brewing Co.
German-Style MaerzenGoldYour Move Paulie!Independent Brewing Co.
SilverMayhem MaerzenSpringfield Brewing Co.
BronzeFilm Fest LagerGood City Brewing Co.
German-Style PilsenerGoldPrimadonna PilsnerRockyard American Grill & Brewing Co.
SilverSprocketsGravely Brewing Co.
BronzePils LagerFourpure Brewing Co.
German-Style Wheat AleGoldSaint Arnold WeedwackerSaint Arnold Brewing Co.
SilverKristallweizenBrauerei Gold Ochsen
BronzeKrieger UrweisseBrauerei Wilhelm Krieger
Gluten-Free BeerGoldGueten BeerSleeping Giant Brewing Co.
SilverIPA No. 5Ground Breaker Brewing
BronzeCopperheadALT Brew
Golden or Blonde AleGold'67 Blonde AlePublic Coast Brewing Co.
SilverVegaFirst Magnitude Brewing Co.
BronzeShinshu Roman Original AleREIJIN Brew Co.
Herb and Spice BeerGoldSpruce IPAAlaskan Brewing Co.
SilverLohn Bier CarvoeiraCervejaria Lohn
BronzeTaiwan Head Brewers 立秋 Start of Autumn Tea AleTaiwan Head Brewers Brewing Co.
Historical BeerGoldPilsnerOld Town Brewing
SilverSubtilusWerk Force Brewing Co.
BronzePantomime HorseCommunity Beer Works
Honey BeerGoldHoney PleaseArmadillo Ale Works
SilverBelgian Honey BlondeNo Clue Craft Brewery
BronzeJettyGreat South Bay Brewery
Imperial India Pale AleGoldNobilityNoble Ale Works
SilverRevision DIPARevision Brewing Co.
BronzeMadeWest DonlonMadeWest Brewing Co.
Imperial Red AleGoldGood, Not GreatStormBreaker Brewing
SilverRed RockFigueroa Mountain Brewing - Arroyo Grande
BronzeWreak HavocBootstrap Brewing
International-Style PilsenerGoldnot awardednot awarded
SilverVlad the ImpalerFretboard Brewing Co.
BronzePedro O'Flanagan's Mexican LagerQuarter Celtic Brewpub
Irish-Style Red AleGoldBald IrishmanCenter of the Universe Brewing Co. - Origin
SilverSamuel Adams Irish RedBoston Beer Co.
BronzeLeuven Irish Red AleCervejaria Leuven
Kellerbier or ZwickelbierGoldSTiVOFirestone Walker Brewing Co.
SilverShoatSterling Pig Brewery
BronzeKeller PilsSummit Brewing Co.
Leipzig-Style Gose or Contemporary GoseGoldCorvus Lingonberry Lime GoseRavens Brewing Co.
SilverGose FrambuesaCasa Bruja Brewing Co.
BronzeRing Around the GoseSingleSpeed Brewing Co. - Waterloo Tap Room
Light LagerGoldBC LightTerritorial Brewing Co.
SilverVan ICEMacLeod Ale Brewing Co.
BronzeCayacoCervecería de Colima
Mixed Culture Brett BeerGoldThe ThiefSociete Brewing Co.
SilverZuurPruinLogsdon Farmhouse Ales
BronzeTBD Peach SourColumbus Brewing Co.
Muenchner-Style HellesGoldPenn GoldPennsylvania Brewing Co.
SilverNashville LagerNashville Brewing Co.
BronzeMass Produced Lager: HellesWormtown Brewery
Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark LagerGoldI Dunkled in My PantsFigueroa Mountain Brewing
SilverWeltenburger Kloster Barock DunkelKlosterbrauerei Weltenburg
BronzeFearless YouthGrimm Brothers Brewhouse
Oatmeal StoutGoldOld 41 Oatmeal StoutDry County Brewing Co.
SilverStagecoach StoutFigueroa Mountain Brewing - Westlake Village
BronzeNorth Tower StoutEarth Rider Brewery
Old Ale or Strong AleGoldPilgrim's DoleNew Holland Brewing Co.
SilverHeini's Good CheerRoundabout Brewery
BronzeNinja Pirate BarleywineBlack Lotus Brewing Co.
Ordinary or Special BitterGoldDBA (Double Barrel Ale)Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
SilverKirkeCorsaire Microbrasserie
BronzeEncoreLacons Brewery
Other Belgian-Style AleGoldWaels BrutCervejaria Waels
SilverSoleils Amers Triple Brown AleBrasserie des Sources
BronzeLux MundiSave the World Brewing Co.
Other International-Style LagerGoldMountain JamSouthbound Brewing Co.
SilverCamden Pils LagerCamden Town Brewery
BronzeFour Peaks Golden LagerFour Peaks Brewing Co.
Other Strong BeerGoldAnodyneRevolver Brewing
SilverGrateful Haze PorterBellefonte Brewing Co.
BronzeZOZ #3 GoldenBrasserie 35
Pumpkin BeerGold5 Phantoms Pumpkin Spice BarleywinePhilipsburg Brewing Co.
SilverPumpkin AleBier Brewery and Taproom
BronzePope's Imperial Pumpkin AleMillersburg Brewing Co.
Robust PorterGoldPorterJupiter
SilverPorterPort City Brewing Co.
BronzeBlack Marlin PorterBallast Point Brewing Co. - Scripps Ranch
Rye BeerGoldRed RockerCromarty Brewing Co.
SilverRyes Against the MachineHell's Basement Brewery
BronzePanic SwitchPlatform Beer Co.
Scotch AleGoldScotch Ale Wee HeavyMicrobrasserie Gainsbourg
SilverMcKay's Scottish AleThree Creeks Brewing Co.
BronzeWee Bit LeftMetazoa Brewing Co.
Scottish-Style AleGoldMacGavins Plaid MonkeyMonkey Paw Brewing
SilverTaildragger Clan-DestineSaddle Mountain Brewing Co.
BronzeMaxwell's Scottish AleRivertowne Brewing Co.
Session BeerGoldFernson Farmhouse AleFernson Brewing Co.
SilverSession Pale AleCenter of the Universe Brewing Co.
BronzePeacekeeperLaunch Pad Brewery
Session India Pale AleGoldTrump HandsCannonball Creek Brewing Co.
SilverHop Tamer Session IPAHigherground Brewing Co.
BronzeTunaHalf Acre Beer Co.
Smoke BeerGoldSmoked Marzen49th State Brewing Co. - Denali National Park
SilverSmoke & Mirrors Imperial Smoked AleCoal Harbour Brewing Co.
Bronze18022/42The Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field
South German-Style HefeweizenGoldNational Park HefeweizenBig Bend Brewing Co.
SilverCOEDO ShiroCOEDO Brewery
BronzeHirsch Hefe WeisseHirsch-Brauerei Honer
South German-Style WeizenbockGoldAlpenGlowFat Heads Brewery - North Olmsted
SilverSchneider Weisse TAP 6 Mein AventinusSchneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn
BronzePlank Heller WeizenbockBrauerei Michael Plank
Specialty BeerGoldDouble StackGreat Notion Brewing
SilverSUNMAI Buckwheat LagerLong Sun Brewing Co.
BronzeCampfire StoutHigh Water Brewing
Specialty SaisonGoldFrances FarmerAslan Brewing Co.
SilverMannenliefdeOedipus Brewing
BronzeSaison AnniversaireBurning Sky Brewery
Sweet Stout or Cream StoutGoldMo' Winta Milk StoutWaconia Brewing Co.
SilverUdder LoveBeachwood BBQ & Brewing - Huntington Beach
BronzeMoozieBrink Brewing Co.
Vienna-Style LagerGoldHook & HatchetNevin's Brewing Co.
SilverGustavTaft's Ale House
BronzeHavana LagerConcrete Beach Brewery
Wood- and Barrel-Aged BeerGoldQueen of HeartsPelican Brewing Co. - Pacific City
SilverDouble Barrel KnottyTwin Peaks Brewing Co.
BronzeDry Hopped Brett Pale AleHi-Wire Brewing - South Slope Specialty Brewery
Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour BeerGoldTrain to BeerselBruery Terreux
SilverOdyssey 008Siren Craft Brew
BronzePetit PoissonLittle Fish Brewing Co.
Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong BeerGoldGin Barrel O-GiiMilwaukee Brewing Co. - 2nd Street Brewery
SilverScarletSteamworks Brewing Co.
BronzeBligh's Barleywine AleDry Dock Brewing Co. - North Dock
Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong StoutGoldThunder HugWild Acre Brewing Co.
SilverThe BaronessFat Bottom Brewing Co.
BronzeThree TunHermitage Brewing Co.

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