image of Brewers Association & World Beer Cup Awards founder Charlie Papazian courtesy of the Brewer's Assocation's website Chicago, IL - Over the weekend while many of you were no doubt out in the yard, the ballpark, or just sitting around somewhere, a few of our regional breweries received recognition.

Since 1996, the World Beer Cup has celebrated craft breweries across the land. Born out of necessity to educate the public, the ceremony recognizes achievement in brewing and education. Every two years the gala is held, each time in a different city. Back in 2006 the Pacific Northwest was fortunate enough to host the event as well as the Craft Brewers conference, in Seattle. This year the festival was held in Chicago where over 3300 entries from 26 countries, were judged with the winners announced last night (April 9th) at The World Beer Cup® Gala Awards Dinner.

Note, some of the highlights included Black Raven and Boundary Bay taking home three (3) awards, while Ashland’s Caldera Brewing taking home two (2). For your benefit we have highlighted those in bold print if they are available year-round if you want to try them yourself. So without any delay here are your regional brewery winners.

image courtesy of Caldera Brewing's beer page Oregon (13 awards given out)

American-Style Wheat Beer (16 Entries)

Smoked Beer (35 Entries)

American-Style Dark Lager (12 Entries)

Ordinary Bitter (12 Entries)

Special Bitter or Best Bitter (30 Entries)

Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter (24 Entries)

Scottish-Style Ale (29 Entries)

Brown Porter (37 Entries) *Gold went to Black Raven’s Tamerlane Brown Porter

Strong Ale (26 Entries)

German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier (26 Entries)

German-Style Sour Ale (9 Entries)

image of Black Raven Brewing's taproom courtesy of Russ+'s Flickr page Washington (12 awards given out)

Herb and Spice Beer or Chocolate Beer (109 Entries)

Experimental Beer (51 Entries)

Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (113 Entries)

European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel (33 Entries) *Silver went to German brewery Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg GmbH

German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock (43 Entries)

American-Style Dark Lager (12 Entries) *Gold went to Full Sail’s Session Black

English-Style Brown Ale (46 Entries)

Brown Porter (37 Entries)

British-Style Imperial Stout (24 Entries)

Strong Ale (26 Entries) *Gold went to Bend’s Outback X

American-Style Strong Pale Ale (59 Entries)

Imperial India Pale Ale (69 Entries)


About the photo’s author (Black Raven Brewing)
+Russ is a photo blogger and an avid beer fan who got immersed in beer and the Seattle beer culture through homebrewing and the thirsty pursuit of new craft ales to sample.

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