The World Beer Cup

wbcThe World Beer Cup, essentially “The Olympics of Beer Competition”, is an international beer competition. The majority of beers in the competition are produced by American brewers. It was founded by Association of Brewers and is held every two years. The first competition, held in 1996 in Vail, Colorado, featured 600 beers from 250 breweries. The 2015 the Cup featured 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries from 58 countries. Judges awarded 281 out of 282 total possible awards, reflecting the chance for one gold, one silver and one bronze award in each of 94 beer style categories.

“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.”

Some of our winners from prior World Beer Cup competitions:

Great American Beer Festival

gabfmedalsThe Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is a three-day annual event hosted by the Brewers Association, held in Denver, Colorado, in mid to late September or early October. The GABF brings visitors from around the world to sample more than 1,500 different American beers. Over 240 beer judges from the United States and abroad evaluate beer in the associated competition, ultimately judging 6,600 beers entered by almost 500 domestic breweries. Gold, silver and bronze medals in 145 beer-style categories are awarded, though not every medal is awarded in each category a total of 242 medals were awarded in 2015.

Some of our winners from prior Great American Beer Festivals: