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2018 World Beer Cup Winners Announced

2018 World Beer Cup® Winners Announced

8,234 entries from 66 countries compete at the “Olympics of Beer”

 

Nashville, Tenn. • May 3, 2018—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—announced the results of the 2018 World Beer Cup Awards. The largest competition to date, the awards were presented at the conclusion of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Beers were judged during six sessions over a period of three days by an elite panel of 295 judges from 33 countries—72 percent of whom were from outside the United States. Judges evaluated 8,234 beers—a 25 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2016 World Beer Cup. Of the 2,515 participating breweries, 807 were from outside the United States.

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.

“Beer brings people together,” said Charlie Papazian, founder and past president, 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.”

 

View 2018 World Beer Cup Winners List and Fact Sheet

 

Competition Highlights

 

  • Average number of beers entered per category: 82 (a 13 percent increase from 2016)
  • Most-entered categories in 2018:

o   377 entries in Category 93, American-Style India Pale Ale

o   196 entries in Category 94, Imperial India Pale Ale

o   196 entries in Category 28, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

o   190 entries in Category 29, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout

 

  • Number of countries represented: 66 (a 20 percent increase from 2016)

 

  • Countries with the most awards:

o   United States: 242

o   Canada: 14

o   Germany: 9

 

  • Country with the highest winning rate: Belgium (10 percent)

 

Panama won its first-ever World Beer Cup award. All other award-winning countries were previous winners.

 

The Brewers Association introduced the World Beer Cup competition in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement. The 2018 World Beer Cup is made possible by the generous support of sponsors including presenting sponsor Krones, and partner sponsors Barth-Haas Group, First Key Consulting Inc., MicroStar Logistics, SAHM GmbH + Co. KG, and Siemens.

 

Breweries Events News

BrewDog Now Available in New Jersey, Blue Monkey Tavern Sets Launch Party for 4/25!

BrewDog, the independent brewery based in Ellon, Scotland,  opened a massive, state-of-the-art brewing facility and pub in Columbus, Ohio last year and has started to expand their distribution to several states including here in New Jersey.

BrewDog was founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie and quickly became a force in the European beer market.  Expansion to the United States was always on the radar and culminated with the building of a brewery that encompasses 42 acres and is the epicenter of their brewing operations here in the United States.  Some of you may be familiar with BrewDog from their Brew Dogs television show that airs here in the US where James and Martin travel the country in search of great beer and also brew a beer specific to an event or region on each show.

BrewDog will be distributed by Hunterdon Brewing Company here in New Jersey and they will be having some kick-off events to celebrate.  The South Jersey event will be held at The Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville on Thursday, 4/25 at 6 PM.

BrewDog’s initial offerings will include their flagship Punk IPA, Elvis Juice Grapefruit-Infused IPA, Jet Black Heart Oatmeal Milk Stout, and Hazy Jane New England Style IPA.

Breweries News

Dogfish Releases “Mixed Media” It’s Newest Beer-Wine Hybrid Creation

Dogfish Mixes It Up With the Release of Mixed Media

Off-centered brewery releases a vino-esque ale that’s the closest to wine a beer can legally be!

Milton, Del., April 20, 2018 –Born at the crossroads of hops, grapes and goodness, Dogfish Head is excited to announce the late April debut of Mixed Media, its newest beer-wine hybrid creation.  Brewed with a distinct Belgian yeast strain, Mixed Media is a complex vino-esque ale with a spicy white wine body, and notes of sweet melon and white grape. With 51% of the fermentables coming from grain and 49% coming from grapes, this wine inspired ale is quite literally the closest to a wine a beer can legally be. Clocking in at 7.5% ABV and 15 IBUs, Mixed Media is pale straw in color with a tart, dry finish.  Late-harvest Viognier grape must from friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Washington were used in the brewing process to round out the flavors.

 

“We have been brewing and releasing beer-wine hybrids every single year since 1996 when we released our Raison D’Etre,” said Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  “By blending the two seemingly opposite worlds of beer and wine together we’ve discovered that they collide quite nicely, and the combination of the two adds an additional thread of flavor and a layer of complexity to the mix. Our newest spin, Mixed Media, is perfect for wine drinkers who are at beer drinking occasions or folks that enjoy a crisp, light Pinot Gris.”

 

A beer that pleases the palate of both Chardonnay and mead drinkers alike, Midas Touch, the original Ancient Ale and first beer-wine hybrid from Dogfish, is a sweet, yet dry beer made with barley, honey, white muscat grapes and saffron.  Another fan-favorite for those that love vino is Sixty One, an innovative beer marrying Dogfish Head’s award-winning 60 Minute IPA and Syrah grape must.

 

Back by popular demand and available starting in May is Festina Pêche, a tart and refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse.  Brewed to deliver a green apple-like tart flavor balanced with sweet peachy goodness, this off-centered ale is unique in that the fruit complexity is woven into the aroma and taste through the natural fermentation of the peach sugars.  Available for the first time in 12oz/6pk bottles, this pale straw-colored, highly sessionable beer clocks in at 4.5% ABV and 8 IBUs and is the perfect companion ale for the dog days of summer.  “We started brewing Festina Pêche back in 2007 and a full decade later, it continues to be one of our top selling, most requested beers by our fans,” says Calagione.

 

For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Mixed Media, Festina Peche or to learn more about delicious off-centered beers, visit dogfish.com.

 

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About Dogfish Head: Dogfish Head has proudly been focused on brewing beers with culinary ingredients outside the Reinheitsgebot since the day it opened as the smallest American craft brewery 22 years ago. Dogfish Head has grown into a top-20 craft brewery and has won numerous awards throughout the years including Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Brewery of the Year and the James Beard Foundation Award for 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. It is a 300+ coworker company based in Delaware with Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, an off-centered brewpub and distillery, Chesapeake & Maine, a geographically enamored seafood restaurant, Dogfish Inn, a beer-themed inn on the harbor and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, a production brewery and distillery featuring a tasting room and food truck. Dogfish Head supports the Independent Craft Brewing Seal, the definitive icon for American craft breweries to identify themselves to be independently-owned and carries the torch of transparency, brewing innovation and the freedom of choice originally forged by brewing community pioneers. Dogfish Head currently sells beer in 41 states and Washington D.C. and will expand into additional states in 2018. For more information, visit dogfish.com, Facebook: @dogfishheadbeer, Twitter: @dogfishbeer, and Instagram: dogfishhead.

News Podcast

The South Jersey Beer Scene Podcast Joins the Hopped Up Network!

South Jersey Beer Scene is proud to announce that our podcast has joined the Hopped Up Network! The Hopped Up Network is an ever-growing group of independent beer podcasts who are dedicated to providing insight into our local craft beer communities and boasts podcast from all over the United States and Canada.

Podcasting has become an integral part of the Craft Beer Scene.  With more than 6000 breweries in the United States, podcasting has become one of the ways that local breweries can get the word out on what is going on and the Hopped Up Network has put them all in one spot to make it easier for you to find.

For those of you who don’t listen to podcasts, it is time to climb aboard!  There are many ways to consume them including, but not limited to, iTunes, IHeartradio, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music, Blubrry and a ton of apps for your phone as well.

We are looking forward to sharing our podcasts throughout the US and Canada on the Hopped Up network and have been eagerly listening to the other podcasts on the network!

To reach the Hopped Up network’s home page click the logo!

Breweries News

Bell’s Beer Announces Distribution to New Jersey This Summer!

Bell’s Brewing has announced that they will be distributed to New Jersey this summer!  Hunterdon will be handling the distro throughout the state and, according to the press release, there will be an announcement regarding times and events shortly.

From The Press Release:

11 DISTRIBUTORS WILL HELP BRING BELL’S BEER TO NEW ENGLAND AND NEW JERSEY THIS SUMMER

We are proud to announce new distributor partnerships in New England and New Jersey.

Eleven distributors will help bring Bell’s beer to Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey later this summer.

“As we add any new state, it is very important to us that we remind all of our fans about our dedication to quality. Part of the process of selecting new distributor partners is making sure that is a shared passion,” said Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery.

“We are all very excited to welcome each of these distributors to our extended Bell’s family and look forward to launching New England and New Jersey with partners who share our commitment to craft beer and quality,” she added.

We launched two new states, Texas and New Mexico, in 2017. Adding six New England states and New Jersey this year, will bring our distribution footprint  to 39 total states in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC.

Launch celebrations are being planned. Additional information will be announced as details are finalized here at bellsbeer.com and on our social media.

Sales positions for these new states have also been posted. Learn more here.

ABOUT HUNTERDON BREWING COMPANY L.L.C. (NEW JERSEY):

Hunterdon was founded in 1996 by college buddies and fellow beer enthusiasts Michael Short and Dave Masterson.

The company originally started out as a New Jersey contract brewer, distributing their prized Jersey Shore Gold to a handful of loyal customers across the state. Mike and Dave managed the company on their own, working tirelessly as both salesmen and delivery drivers for the first two years. Craft beer in the state of New Jersey was not at all where it is today and getting people on board was definitely a challenge. In 1998, they were able to hire a few salesmen and purchase a couple more vans to make life a little bit easier for the two passionate yet very tired young entrepreneurs. A year later they relocated from their small make-shift office in Califon, NJ that consisted of a sole phone, fax, computer and printer to a warehouse in Phillipsburg, NJ where they would take the business to the next level.

When 2000 rolled around, Mike and Dave realized the need for craft beer representation in the state of New Jersey and decided it was time to make the switch to a full-time beer wholesaler. Some of their first brands included Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Yards, Allagash and a collection of unique imports from B.United International. Slowly but surely they began acquiring more craft brands and getting additional sales reps out on the street. Over the next decade, the name ‘Hunterdon’ became synonymous with craft beer in New Jersey and more and more breweries looked to Mike and Dave for help distributing their product in the Garden State.

Today, Hunterdon is proud to have one of the best craft beer portfolios in the country, with over seventy domestic craft beer and spirit brands to speak of. The company also boasts a tremendous line of specialty imports, sakes, meads, wine and ciders from around the world. Hunterdon also has a rapidly growing local portfolio. The Garden State has a diverse collection of breweries, distilleries, cider makers, vineyards, and meaderies. We are thrilled to be able to grow the love of craft with the talented folks of New Jersey.

Now, located in Whitehouse Station, NJ, the company has over 150 full-time employees and more than 40 sales reps on the road each day making New Jersey a great place to drink craft beverages.

From their humble beginnings as Jersey Shore Gold salesmen operating with one delivery van, a couple of hand trucks and a ‘fly by the seat of their pants’ attitude, Mike and Dave are proud of where their journey has taken them. And we hope you are too!