Denver, CO – What do the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the Brewers Association have in common? The answer is the World Cup. Granted there is no Soccer / Football involved in the Brewers Association version of the World Beer Cup. But they both still celebrate with a cold one when the winner is announced.
“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."
Celebrated every two years, the World Beer Cup celebrates the world’s best beers and breweries. Composed of over 90 categories, this year’s (2014) World Beer Cup hosted over 4300 entrants with Oregon brewers coming home with 17 medals.
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. In all, during the 2014 World Beer Cup, Oregon brewers took home 19 awards, including best Small Brewing Company of the Year.
Taking the stop spot is Pelican Brewery - which received a Gold Medal for their Kiwanda Cream Ale, Silver for Silverspot India Pale Ale, and the “World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Small Brewing Company” award. For Pelican Pub & Brewery this marks their third “World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Small Brewing Company” award.
In order to qualify for the Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Small Brewing Company award you must meet the following criteria.
Winners for the Champion Brewery Awards are determined based on the results of the competitive beer judging held at the World Beer Cup. Breweries are awarded points based on medals won, and these points are tabulated to arrive at the results. Here are the criteria used for awarding points, and the tie breaking system used to rank breweries.
- Most Total Points – breweries are awarded points based on the number of gold (3 points), silver (2 points) and bronze (1 point) medals won in the competition.
- Most Gold Medals
- Most Medals
- Most Total Entries in all Medalled Categories
- Number of Entries in Gold Medalled Categories
The second and third criteria have the effect of making a gold and two bronzes worth more than a gold and silver, while two golds would be worth more than a gold, silver and a bronze. The fourth and fifth criteria recognize overall competitiveness by achieving medals in categories with more entries than others.
Additional winners include Hop Valley, with 2 medals (1 Bronze for Double D Blonde Ale and 1 Bronze for Citrus Mistress India Pale Ale). This makes a 2nd consecutive World Beer Cup that Hop Valley received a Bronze medal for their Double D Blonde.Overall this marks the third time Double D Blonde Ale has won, while this is the first win for Citrus Mistress.
As if to remind the people of Oregon, Bend demonstrated some Medal showmanship with 10 Barrel’s Tonya Cornett beating her old brewery Bend with a Gold medal (to Bend Brewing’s Bronze).
- This year 10 Barrel Brewing’s Tonya Cornett entered her Beliner Weisse with cucumbers in the Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer category and beat 56 other entrants for Gold.
Like Shawn Kelso, this is the first time 10 Barrel, in Oregon, has won a medal for their beer. Also this is a first for brewer Tonya Cornett, who had previously won four Gold medals at Bend Brewing (2 in 2008, 1 in 2010, and 1 in 2012).
"Usually, we just chalk CBC up to four days of getting a buzz on, so it's great to come home with some hardware from our first ever wins at World Beer Cup. Super excited and proud of the team." - Chris Cox, partner
- Bend Brewing saw a repeat performance by their brewers, with the Bronze medal for Ching Ching. For the brewery this marks the fifth Gold medal and sixth overall. Also in 2008 the brewery was recognized the Small Brewpub of the year on top of winning awards in 2008 (Black Diamond Lager & Outback X), 2010 (Outback X), and 2012 (Ching Ching).
Further up north, in Portland it’s been confirmed that Laurelwood, Commons, Old Town, and Gigantic have each received an award. Of the four breweries from Portland, Laurelwood has the most medals (at 11 in the past 12 years), followed a tie between Commons and Old Town at 2 (with Commons’ receiving 1 in 2014 and one in 2012). For Gigantic Brewing this is their first World Beer Cup award since Ben Love and Van Havig opened their brewery in 2012.
- Located on 1810 S.E. 10th Avenue, Commons Brewery has been producing Flanders and French-inspired ales as way to distinguish themselves from the various breweries in the “Rose City”. So far this business plan has worked since this marks the 2nd award (Bronze for Flemish Kiss) for the brewery since their previous Bronze medal (2012) for their Farmhouse Ale.
- Clearly no stranger to beer, Old Town Brewery has supplied beer to it’s sister location Old Town Pizza since 2008. So it’s quite the feat to see Old Town Brewery receive 2 medals (1 Silver for their “I’d Like to Buy the World a Kölsch” and 1 Bronze for their Paulie’s Not Irish Red) in this year’s World Beer Cup.
- Rounding out the list of Rose City winners are Gigantic, with their Pipewrench Old Tom Gin Barrel-aged IPA. "...Pipewrench: Gigantic IPA aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin Barrels. This tasty, refreshing beer is a blend of bright citrus and fruity hops, juniper, spice, and oak. The crew at Victory is also going to be serving a special Gigantic sausage of the day." and Laurelwood with the Mother Lode Golden Ale winning Gold (in the English-style Summer Ale category).
Right next door to Portland, in Sherwood, Two Kilts Brewing won their first World Beer Cup with a Gold medal for their Scottish Ale. Two Kilts Brewing is located at 14841 SW Tualatin Sherwood Rd #500.
Repeating this year with their line of Brett-fermented ales is Logsdon Farmhouse Ales from Hood River. This year the brewery took home another Gold for their Cerasus (pronounced sarah – soos) “… organic kriek beer, a barrel-aged Flanders style red ale with two pounds of fruit added per gallon of beer. We added both sweet and tart Oregon cherries during the aging process with a combination of several yeast strains and lactic bacteria to develop a secondary fermentation. The crystal malts, oak tannins, and fruit develop into a soft well rounded beer of Burgundian character.”
When asked to expand on Cerasus and its WBC medal David Logsdon commented, “… This is the second top award garnered for this organic kriek beer brewed from our base beer, Far West Vlaming by the addition of fresh sweet and sour cherries. A portion of the beer is aged in Oak barrels for up to a year and blended with young beer to balance it's profile. A secondary fermentation with Brettanomyces yeast and Lactic bacteria provide balance and complexity. In it's 2012 debut, Ceresus won the top peoples choice award at Portland Cheers to Belgian Beers.”
Not to be outdone by the newcomers, Barley Brown’s won Gold (and 2nd gold since their Shredders Wheat in 2010) for their Turmoil Cascadian Dark Ale, while Beer Valley won Gold for their Black Flag Imperial Stout, with Brookings Chetco Brewing backing up Beer Valley with Silver for their Block & Tackle Imperial Stout.