Indiana earns three golds & bronze at 2016 World Beer Cup 

Bier Brewery, Three Floyds, and Crooked Ewe continue 20 year trend of Indiana brewery wins

click to enlarge Bier Brewery adds two golds to their wall of awards. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Bier Brewery adds two golds to their wall of awards.
  • Submitted Photo
This past weekend was the World Beer Cup, the most prestigious beer competition in the world. Indianapolis-based Bier Brewery & Taproom took Gold medals for Bier Santarium and Bier ESB. Santarium bested 72 other entries in the Belgian Style Dubbel or Quadrupel grouping and ESB was first among a field of 68 for Extra Special Bitter.

Munster-based Three Floyds Brewing Company moved past 62 entries in American Imperial Style Stout to gain Gold for Blot Out the Sun.
click to enlarge A pint of Crooked Ewe's award-winning Scotch ale - JORDAN MULLINS
  • A pint of Crooked Ewe's award-winning Scotch ale
  • Jordan Mullins

South Bend-based Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House won Bronze for Glasgow Butcher Scotch Ale against 66 other entries.

On the evening of May 6, I watched the World Beer Cup awards ceremony in ‘real time’ via streaming alongside Michael Pearson at Daredevil Brewery & Taproom. While a large contingent of Indiana brewers were in attendance at the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia, the first week of May, Michael was among the group of brewers with a calendar too full to take off for the biennial gathering with brewers coming from world-wide to share beers and learn from one another. 

The Brewers Association introduced the World Beer Cup competition in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement. The 287 awards were won by 253 breweries, with few breweries earning more than one award. They posted these 2016 Award Highlights
225 breweries won one award.
22 breweries won two awards. (Bier Brewery included)
6 breweries won three awards.

Category Trends
  • The average number of beers entered per category was 69, up from 50 in 2014—a marker of the 2016 World Beer Cup’s high level of competitiveness.
  • The category with the most entries was American-Style India Pale Ale with 275 entries.
  • The second most-entered category was Imperial India Pale Ale with 181 entries.
  • The third most-entered category was American-Style Pale Ale with 167 entries.
click to enlarge The crowd at this year's World Beer Cup - PHOTOS © BREWERS ASSOCIATION
  • The crowd at this year's World Beer Cup
  • Photos © Brewers Association
“This year’s judge panel was our most international ever, with three-quarters of judges travelling to Philadelphia from outside the U.S.,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, World Beer Cup. “Judges commented throughout the week that overall beer quality continues to improve across the spectrum of world beer styles. While breweries may hold the awards, beer drinkers around the world are the true winners.”

The complete list of award winners is available for download.

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Rita Kohn

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Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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