"Every two years, a highly qualified professional panel of beer judges honors the top three beers in 91 categories with gold, silver, and bronze awards. The World Beer Cup, often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competition,” is the most prestigious beer competition in the world."
The World Beer Cup recognizes brewing excellence in 90 categories but does not automatically award the top three entries in a particular category. When judges determine that a category contains three excellent examples of the style, they present gold, silver, and bronze awards for the first, second, and third place beers, respectively.
Judges may choose not to designate any awards in a category if all beers entered in that category are significantly out of style or have major defects. The Competition Manager will cancel judging in any one category if fewer than three entries are received. Also, judges may grant an award in any one or more of the three award places without granting awards in all three places. For example, judges may recognize a beer as a silver or bronze award winner; yet not grant a gold award.
Minimum Standard for Awards
Gold A world class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.
Silver An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma, and appearance.
Bronze A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor defects in taste, aroma, or appearance.
Denver, Colorado, USA - Those are the words from the Brewers Association, an organization comprised of over two thousand brewers and over forty-three thousand home brewers. The mission of the Brewers Association is simple - to promote local, privately-owned breweries, and inspire tomorrow's craft brewers. And every two years, since 1996, the Brewers Association (along with a panel of judges) invite breweries - both privately-owned or publicly traded - to submit beers for judging in 91 distinct categories.
Whether due to steep competition or lack of submissions, only two breweries from Idaho came home winners. This year’s winning entrants were none other than Victor’s Grand Teton Brewing and Boise’s 10 Barrel Brewing.
Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB returns to the podium after a six year hiatus.
Entered in the category of American-style Brown Ale and competing against 47 other beers, Grand Teton’s Bitch Creek ESB took home a Bronze medal. Prior World Beer Cup medals awarded to Grand Teton were for their Bitch Creek in 2008, their 5 O'Clock Shadow Double Black Lager in 2012, and Pursuit of Hoppiness American Red Ale in 2012. This also marks the 2nd consecutive year the brewery has taken home an award with the previous two years ago.
Bitch Creek perfectly balances big malt sweetness and robust hop flavor for a full bodied, satisfying mahogany ale. Like the stream for which it is named, our Bitch Creek ESB is full of character... not for the timid.
Malts: Idaho 2-Row malted barley, German Melanoidin, CaraAmber, CaraAroma & CaraMunich
Hops: Galena, Chinook, and Centennial.
Original Gravity (Plato): 15.0°
International Bitterness Units: 60
Alcohol by Volume: 6.0%
2 years later, Shawn Kelso ‘s time in Boise’s 10 Barrel Brewing pays off
Two years later after signing on as head brewer at 10 Barrel Brewing’s Boise brewhouse, Shawn Kelso is finally rewarding the owners. with a medal from the World Beer Cup. After what some might call a cold-streak at the World Beer Cup, Shawn took home Bronze for his Power to the People, submitted under Category 93: American-Style Stout.
For the brewery this marks their first medal in the new Boise brewhouse. And for Shawn this marks his first Bronze after winning Gold for Shredder’s Wheat in 2010, while at Barley Brown’s Brewing.