Brewers from around the world received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup this past Saturday. 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.
Chicago area brewers represented:
Category 3: Fruit Beer.
Bronze: Blushing Monk, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI
Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer.
Silver: Ring Of Fire, Dragonmead Microbrewery, Warren, MI
Category 11: Specialty Honey Beer.
Bronze: Killer Bee, Dragonmead Microbrewery, Warren, MI
Category 17: American-Belgo-Style Ale.
Gold: Last Chance, The Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago, IL
Category 21: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer.
Silver: King Henry, Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL (Gold in this category was Samuel Adams Utopias 2011)
Category 29: Baltic-Style Porter.
Bronze: Dan - My Turn Series, Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI
Category 38: German-Style Schwarzbier.
Silver: Point 2012 Black Ale, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI
Category 41: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock.
Bronze: Dominator Dopplebock, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Category 46: American-Style Dark Lager.
Gold: Leinenkugel’s Creamy Dark, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Chippewa Falls, WI
Category 47: Australasian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale.
Bronze: Benny’s Pale Ale, Shoreline Brewery, Michigan City, IN
Category 48: German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch.
Bronze: Point Three Kings, Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI
Category 49: German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier
Silver: Rhine Heights, Vintage Brewing Co., Madison, WI
Category 57: Belgian- and French-Style Ale, 22 Entries
Silver: Saison Noir, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI
Category 61: Belgian-Style Dubbel.
Silver: Belgian Dubbel, Bier Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
Category 62: Belgian-Style Tripel.
Silver: Nectar des Dieux, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI
Category 63: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale.
Silver: Thor’s Hammer, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI
Category 64: Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale.
Gold: Batch 333: The Velvet Fog, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Category 66: English-Style Summer Ale.
Gold: Cross of Gold: Revolution Brewing, Chicago, IL
Category 68: English-Style India Pale Ale.
Bronze: Intercontinental Pale Ale, Flossmoor Station Brewing Co., Flossmoor, IL
Category 71: Scottish-Style Ale.
Bronze: Beltaine Scottish Ale, Shoreline Brewery, Michigan City, IN
Category 72: English-Style Mild Ale.
Gold: Crown Brown, Crown Brewing, Crown Point, IN
Category 77: Oatmeal Stout.
Gold: Naked Oat Stout, Rock Bottom College Park, Indianapolis, IN
Category 83: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout.
Silver: Ring of Dingle, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Category 86: American-Style Pale Ale.
Bronze: BrickStone APA, BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery, Bourbonnais, IL
Category 88: American-Style India Pale Ale.
Gold: DRIPA, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Warren, MI
Category 92: American-Style Brown Ale.
Silver: Uptown Brown, Galena Brewing Co., Galena, IL
Category 94: American-Style Stout.
Gold: Rise American Stout, Revolution Brewing, Chicago, IL
The World Beer Cup has been put on every two years since 1996 by the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association for the beer industry.
Judging for the 2012 World Beer Cup took place May 1-2 – and awards were presented May 5 – at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, California.