NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nine Ohio brewers won 10 medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup competition earlier this month during the Craft Brewers Conference here.
Fat Head’s Brewery in Middleburg Heights scored two medals, taking a gold for AlpenGlow in the South German-style Weizenbock category and silver for Midnight Moonlight, the second consecutive award for the beer in the American-style Black Ale category. Fat Head’s has won medals in four consecutive World Beer Cups.
Three more Ohio breweries added to their World Beer Cup medal collections. Fifty West Brewing in Cincinnati captured a silver medal for 10 & 2 Barleywine after taking gold in the 2016 competition. Columbus Brewing Co. took home bronze in the Mixed Culture Brett Beer category with TBD Peach Sour, the brewery’s first-ever sour beer. Little Fish Brewing Co. in Athens won its second World Beer Cup medal, a bronze for Petit Poisson in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category.
Five Ohio breweries earned their first honors at this year’s competition: Fretboard Brewing Co. in Blue Ash, silver for Vlad the Impaler (International-style Pilsener); Taft’s Ale House in Cincinnati, silver for Gustav (Vienna-style Lager); Brink Brewing Co. in Cincinnati, silver for Moozie (Sweet Stout or Cream Stout); Millersburg Brewing Co. in Millersburg, bronze for Pope’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale (Pumpkin Beer); and Platform Beer Co. in Cleveland, bronze for Panic Switch (Rye Beer).
“Standing on the world stage, Ohio craft breweries continue to prove their commitment to quality,” said Mary MacDonald, executive director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. “Our breweries are making world-class beer, not just in our major cities, but in towns like Athens and Millersburg as well.”
In the largest World Beer Cup since its inception in 1996, judges evaluated 8,234 beers, a 25 percent increase over the 2016 competition. Of the 2,515 participating breweries, 807 were from outside the United States; 66 countries were represented.
Out of a possible 303 awards in 101 beer style categories, 302 were awarded. One gold award was not given in Category 36, International-style Pilsener.
The most popular style category was American-style India Pale Ale with 377 entries, followed by Imperial India Pale Ale and Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer with 196 entries each.
“Beer brings people together,” said Charlie Papazian, founder and past president of the Brewers Association. “The World Beer Cup showcases the breadth of the global brewing community and winning an award symbolizes one of the greatest brewing achievements. Congratulations to all the winners on this remarkable accomplishment.”