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2014 World Beer Cup Results

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World Beer Cup 2014

Photos © Brewers Association

The World Beer Cup, held in Denver, Colorado on April 11, is the world’s biggest stage for honoring the craft of beer. 4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries representing 58 countries competed for medals this year.

Below are the brewery and brewmaster awards, as well as some of the popular categories (in terms of numbers of entries). No surprise that American IPA had the most submissions.

To see the full list of winners, click here.

Brewers Association World Beer Cup 2014 Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Small Brewing Company

Pelican Brewery, Pacific City, OR
Darron Welch & Steve Panos

Brewers Association World Beer Cup 2014 Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Mid-size Brewing Company

Coronado Brewing Company, Coronado, CA
Coronado Brewing Company

Brewers Association World Beer Cup 2014 Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Large Brewing Company

Coors Brewing Company, Golden, CO
Dr. David Ryder

Brewers Association World Beer Cup 2014 Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Small Brewpub

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Media, Media, PA
Iron Hill Brewery Team

Brewers Association World Beer Cup 2014 Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Large Brewpub

Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka, KS
John Dean

Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer, 101 Entries
Gold: Mango Magnifico con Calor, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI Silver: Bitterama, Kamala Brewing at the Whip In, Austin, TX
Bronze: Señorita, Elevation Beer Co., Poncha Springs, CO

Category 8: Coffee Beer, 109 Entries
Gold: Big Shot Espresso Stout, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Silver: Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout, Il Vicino Brewing Co. – The Canteen, Albuquerque, NM Bronze: Mocha Machine, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA

Category 21: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer, 112 Entries
Gold: 1314, Black Tooth Brewing Co., Sheridan, WY
Silver: Cockswain’s Courage Double Barreled Edition Porter, Garage Project, Wellington, New Zealand Bronze: Bourbon Barrel Aged Mountain Man, Verboten Brewing, Loveland, CO

Category 55: French- and Belgian-Style Saison, 91 Entries
Gold: Saison, Aspen Brewing Co., Aspen, CO
Silver: Temporis, Croce di Malto, Trecate, Italy
Bronze: TAPS Saison, TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Corona, Corona, CA

Category 85: American-Style Pale Ale, 122 Entries
Gold: The Weight, Piece Brewery, Chicago, IL
Silver: Knotty Pine Pale Ale, Lumberyard Brewing Co., Flagstaff, AZ Bronze: Featherweight Pale, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Category 87: American-Style India Pale Ale, 224 Entries
Gold: Hop, Drop ‘n Roll, NoDa Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC
Silver: Head Hunter, Fat Head’s Brewery, Middleburg Heights, OH Bronze: Citrus Mistress, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Eugene, OR


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Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2013

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Brewers Association Top 50 Brewries 2013

The Brewers Association released today their yearly list showing the top 50 U.S. craft brewing companies, as well as the top 50 overall U.S. brewing companies. Not surprising, Boston Beer Company, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium round out the top 3 for craft breweries and Anheuser-Busch Inc., MillerCoors, and Pabst Brewing Co. top the overall list.

Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 38 were small and independent craft brewing companies.

Newcomers to the craft brewing list were Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery, Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., and 21st Amendment Brewery.

To see the full list, click here


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Craft Brewers’ Economic Contribution Reaches $34 Billion

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The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S. breweries—announced today that small and independent American craft brewers contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012.

That figure is derived from the total impact of beer brewed by craft brewers as it moves through the three-tier system (breweries, wholesalers and retailers), as well as all non-beer products that brewpub restaurants sell.

“With a strong presence across the 50 states and the District of Columbia, craft breweries are a vibrant and flourishing economic force at the local, state and national level,” said Bart Watson, staff economist, Brewers Association. “As consumers continue to demand a wide range of high quality, full-flavored beers, small and independent craft brewers are meeting this growing demand with innovative offerings, creating high levels of economic value in the process.”

In addition to the national impact, the BA examined output of the craft brewing industry by state, as well as the state economic contribution per capita for adults over 21. See the full post »


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Brewers Association Reports 2012 Mid-Year Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers

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Great news, as always, from the Brewers Association!

Brewers Association Reports 2012 Mid-Year Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers

Boulder, CO • August 6, 2012— The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has released strong mid-year numbers for America’s small and independent craft brewers1. Dollar sales were up 14 percent in the first half of 2012, while volume of craft brewed beer sold jumped 12 percent during that same time period.

Barrels sold by craft brewers for the first six months of 2012 are an estimated 6.0 million barrels. Despite a number of challenges, including decreased overall beer sales, the mid-year numbers show signs of continued growth for craft breweries. The industry currently provides an estimated 104,000 full-time and part-time jobs, contributing significantly to the U.S. economy.

“Generally, most craft brewers are continuing to see strong growth in production, sales, brewing capacity and employment, which is to be celebrated during challenged times for many of today’s small businesses,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “Plus it’s a fact that beer drinkers are responding to the quality and diversity created by small American brewing companies. India pale ales, seasonal beers, Belgian-inspired ales and a range of specialty beers are just a few of the beer styles that are growing rapidly.”

The U.S. now boasts 2,126 breweries—an increase of 350 additional breweries since June 2011. The BA also tracks breweries in planning as an indicator of potential new entrants into the craft category, and lists 1,252 breweries in planning today compared to 725 a year ago. Additionally, the count of craft brewers was at 2,075 as of June 30, 2012 showing that 97 percent of U.S. brewers are craft brewers.

“Beer-passionate Americans are opening breweries at a rate faster than at any time since the day Prohibition ended for the beverage of moderation,” Gatza added. “There is nearly a new brewery opening for every day of the year, benefiting beer lovers and communities in every area across the country.”

1 The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50 percent of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

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About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.


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Ticket Sales Begin August 2 for the 2012 Great American Beer Festival

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Planning on heading to Denver for the 2012 Great American Beer Festival? Be sure to grab your tickets early as all sessions will definitely sell out!

If you’re a Brewers Association or American Homebrewers Association member, tickets will go on sale on July 31 before opening up to the general public on August 2.

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Visit the Great American Beer Festival website for more information.


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Brewers Association Reports 2011 Mid-Year Growth For U.S. Craft Breweries

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Brewers Association Statisitics

Dollar growth up 15% in first six months of 2011; U.S. sees rapid growth in breweries in planning

Boulder, CO – The Brewers Association, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has released strong mid-year numbers for America’s small and independent craft brewers¹. Dollar sales were up 15 percent in the first half of 2011, excluding brewers who left the craft segment in 2010². Volume of craft brewed beer sold grew 14 percent for the first six months in 2011, compared to 9 percent growth in the first half of 2010.

Barrels sold by craft brewers for the first half of the year are an estimated 5.1 million barrels. Despite many challenges, the mid-year numbers show signs of continued growth for craft breweries. The industry currently provides an estimated 100,000 jobs, contributing significantly to the U.S. economy.

“Craft brewers continue to innovate and brew beers of excellent quality,” noted Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association. “America’s beer drinkers are rapidly switching to craft because of the variety of flavors they are discovering. And they are connecting with small and independent craft brewers as companies they choose to support.”

The U.S. now boasts 1,790 breweries—an increase of 165 additional breweries since June 2010. The Brewers Association also tracks breweries in planning as an indicator of potential new entrants into the craft category, and lists 725 breweries in planning today compared to 389 a year ago. Additionally, the count of craft brewers was at 1,740 as of June 30, 2011.

“There is a growing interest in establishing new breweries,” Gatza added. “It seems like every day we are hearing about a brewery in planning. Will they all make it? No, but many will if they produce high-quality, interesting craft beers and can get them to market through self-distribution and beer wholesalers and beer retailers.”


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Sam Adams and Dogfish Head Create Collaboration Beer for SAVOR Event

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Samuel Adams / Dogfish Head Collaboration Beer

In just over a week, the Brewers Association will host SAVOR, their annual beer and food pairing event at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. For those fortunate enough to have already purchased tickets to the incredible sold out two-day event, they will have the privilege to try the collaboration beer from Samuel Adams and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery called SAVOR Flowers. It will only be available to attendees of the event who will each receive a cork and caged 750ml bottle of the special brew to bring home with them and it will be available to sample at the event as well.

Both Sam Adams and Dogfish Head have continuously pushed the envelope of what beer could be and they have steered away what beer should be and I am so excited to have received a bottle of this and I can’t wait to try it. As we know, beer is made from four main ingredients – yeast, hops, barley, and water – and all but one, water, have been messed around with to create new and exciting beers. For SAVOR Flowers, they have decided to change this. Through an age-old distillation process, they created rosewater which would serve as the base liquid of the beer and this in turn inspired them to continue exploring the use of flowers and eventually dried lavender, hibiscus, jasmine and rosebuds would be introduced into the brewing process to create SAVOR Flowers. Also to be used would be a new hop breed simply known as #369 that is known for its intense floral notes which Jim Koch would acquire 30 pounds of from Yakima, Washington.

The beer would then be aged in Barrel One, the same bourbon barrel Jim used to age the premier batch of the first “extreme beer”, Samuel Adams Triple Bock in 1993. According to Sam Adams, Barrel One is the first barrel originally used for spirits which was then used to age beer and for the last 18 years it has been filled with Samuel Adams Triple Bock.

According to Jim Koch of Samuel Adams, “Sam and I had a great time gathering these ingredients, and I am excited to collaborate with such an innovative brewer on this beer for SAVOR. Sam’s originality and imagination are endless – he came up with the creative idea of distilling rosewater for this brew. We share the same intense passion for pushing the conventional definition of what beer can be and we put that same passion into our beers.”

Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head continues, “Jim is the godfather of craft beer, and he’s got unbelievable ideas about what beer can be, along with the knowledge and palate to make those crazy beer dreams come true. I am with him on his philosophy and thrilled to be working together on this groundbreaking brew. We share a commitment to elevating beer to its proper infinite height, as both a beverage and a pairing for food.”


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American Craft Beer Week is Here – May 16-22

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Yesterday marked the beginning of American Craft Beer Week 2011 put on by the Brewers Association, the national non-profit organization that represents the interests of small and independent craft brewers in America. May 16-22 will be an exciting week for America’s small and independent craft brewers and consumers alike as beer drinkers across the United States can look forward to events and festivals put on by their favorite breweries, and that’s cool for sure, but did you know that Colbert Nation has pumped this thing up on the past? Oh yes, this is the real deal, so real, in fact, that the House of Representatives has pumped it up with House Resolution 1297, recognizing ACBW as being the real deal.

Basically what House Resolution 1297 means is that the members of House like to enjoy some damn fine beer. The resolution praises beer all throughout and is written in almost a Gonzo style, saying stuff like, “Whereas American craft brewers promote the Nation’s spirit of independence through a renaissance in hand-crafted beers like those first brought to colonial shores by Europeans settlers and produced here by the Nation’s founding fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson for the enjoyment of the citizenry.”

You know what else the citizenry is into? Mutineer Magazine. That’s right. I said it. Now figure out what’s happening in your area with American Craft Beer Week and drink some good beer, subscribe to Mutineer Magazine, and watch your karma go through the roof.


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