"The mission of the World Beer Cup is to create greater consumer awareness around the world about the quality and diversity displayed by the various beers of the world. The World Beer Cup is dedicated to recognizing both the traditions and innovations shared by the entire brewing industry as well as those customs unique to specific countries and regions. The World Beer Cup also promotes the responsible consumption of beer as an alcohol-containing beverage and urges beer producers and distributors to encourage beer enthusiasts to savor the flavor of beer responsibly."
Denver, CO - Organized by the Brewers Association and held every two years, The World Beer Cup celebrates brewing achievement throughout the world. Unlike the Great American Beer Festival, which awards breweries in the United States, the World Beer Cup awards include breweries from Japan, Sweden, Germany, or even Latvia. To put that into perspective there was four thousand seven hundred and fifty-four beers submitted, from over fourteen-hundred breweries, representing fifty-eight countries.
"Brewers from around the globe participate in the World Beer Cup to win recognition for their creativity and brewing skills," said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association. "For a brewer, a World Beer Cup gold award allows them to say that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world."
At this year's World Beer Cup, Washington's craft breweries* came home with 7 medals including 3 Gold (followed by 3 Silver and 2 Bronze).
I always say during years when we don't win anything, whether at GABF or WBC (and there have been several) that when you don't win you're in excellent company. It gets more difficult each year, too--this year there were around 4900 beers entered. All that having been said, we are very pleased to have come away with something, especially for one of our stalwart beers.
No sentiments could be better shared than by one of the Brewers Association’s older members, Elysian co-founder and head brewer Dick Cantwell. Despite having entered four beers, Elysian came home with a Bronze for their The Wise ESB. Winning this medal was no small feat, since the brewery had to beat 56 other entrants.
Another brewery, with year’s invested in the Puget Sound, Fish Brewing Co. took home Bronze for their Leavenworth brand Bakke Hill Black Lager. Prior to 2014, Fish Brewing had won a Silver (2006) for their Old Woody in the Old Ale category and a Bronze medal (2012) for their Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen in the American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast category.
Much like a professor lecturing an auditorium, William Kemper continues to prove a lager-only brewery can succeed in the United States. No stranger to comparing his German-style lagers to those from Germany, Will Kemper received Silver for his Chuckanut Dunkel, in the European-style Dark/Münchner Dunkel category. Chuckanut has won 2 times prior - in 2012 (for their Chuckanut Kolsch) and 2010 (for their Chuckanut Dunkel).
All beer was once dark, but it was not until modern kilning of malts in the early 1800’s and the discovery of cold fermenting Lager strains in the 1840’s that allowed all the beautiful flavors of a Dunkel to come to life. Dunkels, including Chuckanut’s, are typically a deep reddish-brown color, capped by an impressively sturdy tan head. As in all lagers, the flavors in Dunkel are produced directly by the ingredients; in this case some of the malts have been roasted, giving Dunkel toffee, chocolate, coffee, and even licorice notes.OG: 13.5 ABV: 5.5% IBU'S: 22. –source, Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen
But This year was also filled with younger breweries like Kent’s Airways Brewing** & brewer Alex Dittmar winning a Silver medal for their Belgian-style Strong Ale 3rd Anniversary beer.
“Featuring 9.9 percent ABV and 26 IBUs, this complex, yet smooth beer is filled with rich, dark fruit flavors, paired with notes of fruit and spice on the nose. Brewed with Hallertauer hops …”
This is the first time we’ve entered the World Beer Cup and the first Belgian beer we ever produced. We liked it and we’re thrilled to be honored for it. We may need to brew it again … –source, Alex Dittmar co-owner of Airways Brewing
Not to be left out, Seattle’s Stoup Brewing claimed a Silver medal for their Robust Porter.
Brad considers it a great honor that the judges at the World Beer cup recognized our hard work and passion for brewing quality beers so early on in our history. source, Stoup Brewing co-owner Lara Zahaba
Lara Zahaba, co-owner of Stoup Brewing, had this to say on why (Lara’s husband) brewer Brad Benson chose to brew and submit a Porter to the World Beer Cup.
When we were planning the brewery we kept noticing that our favorite porters were disappearing from the market so we were compelled to make and showcase this style which makes a win in the Robust Porter category all the more satisfying.Rich in color and character, our robust porter conjures up memories of decadent chocolate treats dipped in coffee. Hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and light malty sweetness are the result of a complex malt profile including chocolate malt, roasted barley, roasted wheat and roasted rye.ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 45, Lovibond: 34
Stoup Brewing is located at 1108 NW 52nd Street in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.
Special mention goes to Gordon Biersch’s Kevin
Davies Davey of Seattle for winning Gold for his WinterBock recipe.
WinterBock is a strong, dark beer that was used by eleventh century Bavarian monks to help sustain themselves during winter fasts. These creamy bocks ensured that the monks would fast frequently. Gordon Biersch WinterBock is a classic dark double bock featuring 4 different types of malt: Munich malt, pilsner malt, dark roasted caramel malt, and black malt. This is a big beer with a lot of body, and is available seasonally from November through January. Alcohol Volume: 7.5% Bitterness: 26 IBU Residual Sugar: 4.6%Yeast Strain: Weihenstephan 34/70 Lager Yeast Hops: Hallertau aroma. –source, Gordon Biersch
Saving the best for last, congratulations have been given to Everett’s Scuttlebutt Brewing and Oak Harbor’s Flyers Restaurant and Brewery, for their Gold Medals.
Entered in the category Barley Wine-style Ale, Scuttlebutt Old #1 Barley Wine took home gold, despite being 5 years old.
“Scuttlebutt's winning Old #1 Barley Wine is an English Style Barley Wine. Deceptively subtle, strong hints of raisin, cherry, maple, vanilla and black current all working together in pleasant harmony providing a depth of flavor not common in most styles of beer. At 13.3% alcohol by volume it is not something to drink as much as it is something to savor.”
We reached out to head brewer Matt Stromberg who said:
“To win a any medal, not to mention gold, at the World Beer Cup® is humbling. We're not really driven by medals but it's a wonderful validation for what we do. Friday was a good day.”
As of this story there is a limited amount of Scuttlebutt Old $1 Barley Wine at the breweries restaurant, located at 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett, WA 98201, and brewery at 3310 Cedar Street, Everett, WA 98201.
Finally Flyers' Tony Savoy celebrates his second medal at the World Beer Cup, with his previous coming in 2008 for his Barnstormer Brown (entered in the English-style Mild Ale category).
"I am really excited to win at the World Beer Cup. To win anything there is amazing but to win Gold puts it over the top!" There are so many great beers in Washington alone, to have one of the best in the world? I am honored to be in that conversation." -Head Brewer Tony Savoy, Flyers Restaurant and Brewery.
This year Tony revisited an older recipe and entered “Brouwer's 8th Anniversary” in the Other Strong Beer category, while beating 43 other entrants for Gold. When asked to provide further details on this year’s 120 Schilling Strong Scotch Ale, Tony supplied these brewer’s notes.
Brewed for the Brouwer's Cafe as part of their 8th Anniversary. Previously made in 2007, for Bottleworks bottleshop, and was awarded Bronze at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival. Starting gravity 26 degrees Plato. 10.90% Alcohol by Volume. 120 Schilling Strong Scotch ale. Two mashes and over 1200 pounds of barley total to make just 7 bbls.
* based on definition from the Brewer Assocation, applicable to current and former members (source, http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/business-tools/craft-brewing-statistics/craft-brewer-defined)
** not a current member of the Brewers Association as of 2014 http://ba.brewersassociation.org/memberlist/members.aspx. Prior report confirms membership in 2012. http://www.brewersassociation.org/attachments/0001/1802/2012_US_Craft_Breweries.pdf
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