Maybe it’s because I’ve never attended the Craft Brewers Conference, but I tend to pay less attention to the beer world cup winners – even if they are judged and awarded by the same organization that does the same for GABF medals. Weird, but I do. It’s not fair, but I assure you it’s not an anti-international beer bias; in fact, it’s fascinating to see what breweries from countries like Japan, Argentina, Thailand and New Zealand send here to be judged and, in many cases, winners.
But unsurprisingly, it’s a mostly US-based group of winners. So let’s talk about my previous ignorance by taking a look at this year’s winners from the Midwest and Great Lakes states!
A regular takeaway from GABF is that Ohio breweries are really, really good at winning medals in general. This year at WBC it was Big head it was really, really good at winning medals in particular. The most crowded category this year was the IPA category (regular IPA – not foggy/juicy) and they took gold, so if you’re browsing Buckeye State and need to pick up a Head Hunter, go -y and catch me too, would you?
Can anyone tell me why the beers of Founders were accepted to judge, however? Not to mention being celebrated with a victory on this international stage given that they still have a lot to answer for on the racial discrimination front? Obviously there are no restrictions on non-craft beers entering the competition, but I don’t understand how these recent charges in court does not trigger anything in the BA Code of Conduct:
The Brewers Association is an organization committed to providing a
environment free from discrimination and violence, offense or harassment
Therefore, all members of the Brewers Association must:
A. Treat all individuals and groups with respect, recognizing their human dignity,
whatever their various human characteristics: race, color, sex,
orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental disability, height or
appearance, genetic predisposition, religion, ancestry, national or veteran origin
b. Contribute to a positive environment free from hostile and offensive elements
behaviours; that is, free from harassment. Harassment means anything unwelcome and
inappropriate verbal or physical conduct, or coercive behavior, when the
behavior is known or should reasonably be recognized as undesirable or
Founders is an associate member by the BA directorymeaning any other brewery can file a complaint for winning a medal even if they are not in compliance with the code of conduct after August 6, 2020. Who wants to file this and see what happens?
As far as Illinois brews go, we didn’t do too badly this year either, and I find it interesting that 4 of the 7 medals went to lager-style beers this year – okay, 3, 5 if you consider altbier to straddle the line between ale/lager as Kolsch does. Either way, at least it’s pretty cool.
Illinois: 7 medals
- Gold: “Little Wing” International Pilsner, Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co.; “Bruski” American-Style Amber Lager, Noon Whistle Brewing
- Money: “Nose Over Tail” German Bock/Maibock, Pollyanna Brewing Co.; “Easy Hour” Altbier, Roaring Table Brewing Co.; “Bufflehead Brown Ale” American style brown ale, Kishwaukee Brewing Co.
- Bronze: “Beer for the Soul” American Belgo-Style Ale, Sketchbook Brewing Co.; “Bear’s Choice” Strong Red Ale, Tighthead Brewing Co.
Indiana: 3 medals
- Money: “Kill the Lights” British-style Imperial Stout, The Tap Brewery
- Bronze: “Soul Shakedown Party” Experimental beer aged in wood, Sun King Brewery; ‘Golden Girls’ Fruity Wood / Barrel Aged Sour Ale, Sun King Brewery
Michigan: 3 medals
- Gold: “Nectar Of The Gods” Tripel à la Belge, Redwood Brewing Co.,
- Money: “Dirty Bastard” Old Ale/Strong Ale, Founders Brewing Co.
- Bronze: Country beer “Imperial Peanuts & Crackerjack”, The Mitten Brewing Co.,
Minnesota: 3 medals
- Gold: Irish Red “Equanimity”, Ursa Minor Brewing
- Money: “Helles”, Utepils Brewery,
- Bronze: “Deck Jockey” American-Style Sour, Bauhaus Brew Labs
Missouri: 1 medal
- Bronze: “Bobber Lager” Dortmunder/Export or Oktoberfest, Logboat Brewing Co.
Ohio: 10 medals
- Gold: “Daybreak” Coffee Beer, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing – Production Operations; “Cheetah” American-Style Cream Ale, Rhinegeist Brewery; German “Voss” Kolsch, Brasserie Sonder; South German-style “AlpenGlow” Weizenbock, Fat Head Brewery; “Bone Head” Strong Red Ale, Fat Head Brewery; American IPA “Head Hunter”, Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon
- Money: “Smashing Honey Blonde” honey beer, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery; English Brown “Black Cats”, Streetside Brewery
- Bronze: experimental “Hop Stalker” beer, Fat Head brewery and saloon; “Higher Purpose” Sweet Stout/Cream Stout, Third Eye Brewing Co.
Wisconsin: 3 medals
- Gold: “Pumpernickel Porter” herb and spice beer, Vintage Brewing Co.; “Vintage 2022” Belgian Sour, New Glarus Brewing Co.
- Bronze: “Ripped jeans and wolf shirts” Gluten-free beer, ALT Brew
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