The Brewers Association (BA) has announced the results of one of the largest commercial beer competitions, the 2014 World Beer Cup Awards. The awards were presented at the conclusion of Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® in Denver, Colorado this past weekend.
Several Minnesota craft brewers attended the Expo and took part in the massive competition. Over 4,700 total beers were entered. Each category had an average of 50 entries. Not surprisingly American IPA was the most popular category, followed by American-Pale Ale, then Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer.
Minnesota brewers took home some impressive hardware from the World Beer Cup competition. Steel Toe Brewing snagged a Gold for their Scotch Ale. August Schell took top spot for Vienna-Style Lager with Firebrick. Schell’s was one of only 26 breweries to bring home two awards, they also won Bronze for Framboise du Nord. Silver awards went to Summit Brewing for Extra Pale Ale, and Canal Park Brewing for Nut Hatchet Nut Brown Ale, and Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub for Snownami Chocolate/Raspberry Imperial Stout.
Category 7: Chocolate Beer, 51 Entries
Silver: Snownami Chocolate/Raspberry Imperial Stout, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub, Minneapolis, MN
Category 35: Vienna-Style Lager, 39 Entries
Gold: Schell’s Firebrick, August Schell Brewing, New Ulm, MN
Category 49: German-Style Sour Ale, 40 Entries
Bronze: Schell’s Framboise du Nord, August Schell Brewing, New Ulm, MN
Category 68: Classic English-Style Pale Ale, 30 Entries
Silver: Extra Pale Ale, Summit Brewing Co., Saint Paul, MN
Category 72: English-Style Brown Ale, 49 Entries
Silver: Nut Hatchet Nut Brown, Canal Park Brewing Co., Duluth, MN
Category 77: Scotch Ale, 47 Entries
Gold: Wee Heavy, Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, MN
A full list of competition winners can be found here.