Nearly 6,600 Entries from 55 Countries Vied for Brewing Glory at the “Olympics” of Beer.
The Brewers Association (BA) – the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers – announced the results of one of the largest commercial beer competitions to date, the 2016 World Beer Cup. The awards were presented at the conclusion of Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This edition of the World Beer Cup saw 6,596 beers from 1,907 breweries representing 55 countries – a 38.5 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2014 World Beer Cup, which had 4,754 entries.
Entries were judged by an elite international panel of 253 judges from 31 countries. Judges awarded 287 out of 288 total possible awards, reflecting the chance for one gold, one silver and one bronze award in each of 96 beer style categories. A gold award was not presented in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category.
A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2016 World Beer Cup Fact Sheet.
“Brewing has no boundaries or borders. The World Beer Cup recognizes the very best in the global community of brewers – their innovation, creativity and the craft of beer and brewing.”
– Charlie Papazian, founder, Brewers Association
- The average number of beers entered per category was 69, up from 50 in 2014 – a marker of the 2016 World Beer Cup’s high level of competitiveness.
- The category with the most entries was American-Style India Pale Ale with 275 entries.
- The second most-entered category was Imperial India Pale Ale with 181 entries.
- The third most-entered category was American-Style Pale Ale with 167 entries.
The 287 awards were won by 253 breweries, with few breweries earning more than one award.
- 225 breweries won one award.
- 22 breweries won two awards.
- 6 breweries won three awards.
“This year’s judge panel was our most international ever, with three-quarters of judges travelling to Philadelphia from outside the U.S. Judges commented throughout the week that overall beer quality continues to improve across the spectrum of world beer styles. While breweries may hold the awards, beer drinkers around the world are the true winners.”
– Chris Swersey, competition manager, World Beer Cup
Champion Brewery/Champion Brewmaster Awards
The competition also bestows Champion Brewery and Champion Brewmaster awards in each of six brewery categories based on the awards won by each brewery.
Very Small Brewing Company Category
- Arch Rock Brewing Co.
- James Smith
Small Brewing Company Category
- Noble Ale Works
- Evan and The Giants
Mid-Size Brewing Company Category
- Brewery Ommegang
- Brewery Ommegang
Large Brewing Company Category
- Miller Brewing Co.
- Miller Brewing Co. Brewing Team
Small Brewpub Category
- 12Degree Brewing
- Jon Howland and Tor O’Brien
Large Brewpub Category
- Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
- Julian Shrago, Ian McCall and Gene Wagoner
The complete list of award winners is available for download.
The Brewers Association introduced the World Beer Cup competition in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement. The 2016 World Beer Cup is made possible by the generous support of sponsors including Presenting Sponsor Krones, and Partner Sponsors Ball Corporation, Barth-Haas Group, First Key Consulting Inc., MicroStar Logistics, SAHM GmbH + Co. KG, and Siemens.