Winning San Diego Breweries at World Beer Cup 2016

World Beer Cup 2016

Branded as “The Most Prestigious Beer Competition in the World,” the World Beer Cup is held every two years at the conclusion of the Craft Brewers Conference. The Brewers Association created the “Olympics of Beer Competitions” in 1996 as a means to celebrate the art and science of brewing, and promote consumer awareness of emerging and international beer styles.

Much like GABF 2015, the World Beer Cup saw a huge uptick in the number of beers entered this year, growing from 4,754 in 2014 to 6,596, with 1,907 breweries from around the globe participating. The average number of beers entered increased from 50 per category, up to 69 this year across 96 total categories. As you would imagine, the most congested were American-Style India Pale Ale and Imperial India Pale Ale, followed by American-Style Pale Ale.

San Diego craft breweries took home 12 awards, plus 2 more for Ballast Point who is technically no longer designated as a craft brewery. Here’s the complete list (alphabetical) of our local winners:

Medal Brewery Beer Name Style
Silver AleSmith Brewing Co. Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
Gold Amplified Ale Works Whammy Bar Wheat American-Style Wheat Beer
Silver Ballast Point Brewing Piper Down Irish-Style Red Ale
Bronze Ballast Point Brewing Pumpkin Down Pumpkin Beer
Gold Breakwater Brewing Co. Rye Dawn Rye Beer
Gold Fall Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Jinx Remover Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Bronze Legacy Brewing Co. That Guava Beer Fruit Beer
Gold Mike Hess Brewing Co. Claritas German Style Kolsch
Gold Monkey Paw Brewing Ashes from the Grave Smoked Beer
Silver Mother Earth Brew Co. End of Summer Beer Extra Special Bitter
Bronze New English Brewing Co. Brewers Special Brown Ale English-Style Brown Ale
Bronze Novo Brazil Brewing Co. Corvo Negro British-Style Imperial Stout
Silver Thorn Street Brewery December Nights Imperial Red Imperial Red Ale
Bronze Toolbox Brewing Co Bramble on Rose Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

You can also visit the official World Beer Cup website to view a sortable list of all winners: 2016 World Beer Cup Winners

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