The 2016 Craft Brewers Conference came to a close in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the World Beer Cup Awards, the biannual international beer competition organized by the Brewers Association.
Over the course of 96 beer style categories, Minnesota breweries won four medals. Insight Brewing of Minneapolis won bronze in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer category for its Sunken City.
— Insight Brewing (@InsightBrewing) May 7, 2016
Bauhaus Brew Labs of Minneapolis also took home a bronze medal in the International-Style Lager category for its Wonderstuff Pilsner.
August Schell Brewing Company, the second oldest family-owned brewery in the country, took home a silver medal in the Vienna-Style Lager category for its Firebrick.
Firebrick wins a silver medal at the World Beer Cup! pic.twitter.com/R6jwrT4kU2
— Schell’s Brewery (@SchellsBrewery) May 7, 2016
Bemidji Brewing rounded out Minnesota’s night with a bronze medal in the Golden or Blonde Ale category for its German Blonde.
Omg!!! World beer cup bronze for our German Blonde!!! pic.twitter.com/pGmokXIfx9
— Bemidji Brewing Co. (@BemidjiBrewing) May 7, 2016
Not surprisingly, American IPA was the most competitive category of the night with 275 entries. Night Shift Santilli was awarded bronze, Great Northern Aleworks IPA was awarded silver, and Noble Ale Works of Anaheim, California, captured the gold medal to a thunderous ovation from the crowd for its I Love It! IPA.
Six breweries were awarded Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Awards in their respective size categories for overall excellence.
World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Award for Small Brewpub (1–1,200 barrels per year)
12Degree Brewing and Jon Howland and Tor O’Brien
World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Award for Large Brewpub (Greater than 1,200 barrels per year)
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing and Julian Shrago, Ian McCall, and Gene Wagoner
World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Award for Very Small Brewing Company (1–1,000 barrels per year)
Arch Rock Brewing Co. and James Smith
World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Award for Small Brewing Company (1,001–15,000 barrels per year)
Noble Ale Works and Evan & the Giants
World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Award for Mid-Size Brewing Company (15,001–6 million barrels per year)
Brewery Ommegang and the Brewery Ommegang team
World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Award for Large Brewing Company (Greater than 6 million barrels per year)
Miller Brewing Company and the Miller Brewing Company team
Stay tuned for more on the Craft Brewers Conference 2016.