Brewers from around the world received awards from an elite
international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World
Beer Cup. 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.
World Beer Cup 2012 (Photo: Business Wire)
A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can
be found in the 2012 World Beer Cup Fact Sheet (PDF).
"It's called 'The Olympics of Beer Competition' for good reason," said
Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based
trade association that has put on the competition every two years since
1996. "The event brings together great brewers from all corners of the
globe. Plus, the awards are highly regarded. A brewer who wins a World
Beer Cup gold award knows that their winning beer represents the best of
that beer style in the world. Congratulations to all the winners of the
2012 World Beer Cup. The Brewers Association and the proud sponsors of
our event thank all participating brewers for their involvement."
The 2012 judging panel was the largest and most international in the
history of the World Beer Cup. Judges from 27 countries conducted blind
tasting evaluations of the beers to determine the winners. Drawn from
the ranks of professional brewers and brewing industry experts, these
211 judges came mostly from international breweries, with some 67
percent from outside the U.S. In addition to the judging panel, over 250
volunteers helped sort beer entries and steward the competition.
The judging criteria are exacting—some categories are not given the full
slate of awards if the panel decides that the entries do not merit
Award Highlights and Trends
Highlights from the competition:
The five Champion Brewery/Brewmaster award winners are:
Small Brewing Company CategoryBrauerei Michael Plank, Michael
Mid-Size Brewing Company CategoryFirestone Walker Brewing
Company, Matthew Brynildson
Large Brewing Company CategoryAB InBev, Claudio Ferro
Small Brewpub CategoryIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant-Media,
Iron Hill Brewery Team
Large Brewpub CategoryPelican Pub & Brewery, Darron R S Welch
list of award winners is available for download.
Presenting Sponsor Krones,
and Partner Sponsors Ball, Barth-Haas
Group, Sahm, Siemens and Verallia,
proudly supported the 2012 World Beer Cup.
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 & 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.
Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft
beer at CraftBeer.com
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