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2023 World Beer Cup Midwestern Winners

Image of the 2023 World Beer Cup logo.

Perhaps it’s as a result of I’ve by no means attended the Craft Brewers Convention, however I are likely to pay much less consideration to the World Beer Cup winners — despite the fact that they’re judged and awarded by the identical group that does the identical factor for GABF medals. Bizarre, however I do. It’s not truthful however I guarantee you it’s not an anti-international-beer bias; actually it’s fascinating to see what breweries from locations like Japan, Argentina, Thailand and New Zealand are sending right here for judging and in lots of instances, successful.

However unsurprisingly, it’s a largely US-based area of winners. So let’s handle my earlier non-attention with a take a look at this 12 months’s victors from across the Midwest and Nice Lakes States!

An everyday takeaway from GABF is that Ohio breweries are actually, actually good at successful medals usually. This 12 months at WBC, it was Fats Head’s that was actually, actually good at successful medals in particular. The busiest class this 12 months was the IPA class (common IPA — not hazy/juicy) and so they took the gold, so for those who’re cruising by means of the Buckeye state and want to choose up some Head Hunter go forward and seize me some too, would you?

Can somebody inform me why beers from Founders have been accepted for judging, although? Not to mention being celebrated with a win on this worldwide stage contemplating they’ve nonetheless obtained quite a bit to reply for on the racial discrimination entrance? Clearly there aren’t any restrictions on non-craft beers getting into the competitors, however I fail to know how these current accusations in a court docket of legislation don’t set off one thing within the BA’s Code of Conduct:

The Brewers Affiliation is a company dedicated to offering an
setting freed from discrimination and from abusive, offensive, or harassing

Subsequently, all Brewers Affiliation members should:
a. Deal with all people and teams respectfully, recognizing their human dignity,
no matter their various human traits: race, coloration, intercourse, sexual
orientation, gender expression, age, bodily or psychological incapacity, dimension or
look, genetic pre-disposition, faith, ancestry, nationwide origin, or veteran
b. Contribute to a constructive setting that is freed from hostile and offensive
behaviors; i.e., free from harassment. Harassment means any unwelcome and
inappropriate verbal or bodily conduct, or coercive habits, the place the
habits is thought or moderately should be acknowledged as undesirable or

BA Code of Conduct

Founders is an Affiliate Member per the BA’s Listing, which signifies that another brewery can file a criticism about them successful a medal regardless of not being in alignment with the code of conduct after August 6, 2020. Who desires to file that and see what occurs?

As for Illinois breweries, we didn’t do badly this 12 months both, and I discover it fascinating that 4 of the 7 medals went to lager-style beers this 12 months — okay, 3.5 for those who think about altbier as straddling the road between ale/lager as Kolsch does. Both method, a minimum of that’s kinda cool.

Illinois: 7 Medals

  • Gold: “Little Wing” Worldwide Pilsner, Horse Thief Hole Brewing Co.; “Bruski” American-Fashion Amber Lager, Midday Whistle Brewing
  • Silver: “Nostril Over Tail” German-Fashion Bock/Maibock, Pollyanna Brewing Co.; “Simple Hour” Altbier, Roaring Desk Brewing Co.; “Bufflehead Brown Ale” American-Fashion Brown Ale, Kishwaukee Brewing Co.
  • Bronze: “Beer for the Soul” American Belgo-Fashion Ale, Sketchbook Brewing Co.; “Bear’s Selection” Robust Purple Ale, Tighthead Brewing Co.

Indiana: 3 Medals

  • Silver: “Kill the Lights” British-Fashion Imperial Stout, The Faucet Brewery
  • Bronze: “Soul Shakedown Occasion” Experimental Wooden-Aged Beer, Solar King Brewery; “Golden Women” Fruited Wooden/Barrel-Aged Bitter Beer, Solar King Brewery

Michigan: 3 Medals

  • Gold: “Nectar Of The Gods” Belgian-Fashion Tripel, Redwood Brewing Co.,
  • Silver: “Soiled Bastard” Previous Ale/Robust Ale, Founders Brewing Co.
  • Bronze: “Imperial Peanuts & Crackerjack” Discipline Beer, The Mitten Brewing Co.,

Minnesota: 3 Medals

  • Gold: “Equanimity” Irish-Fashion Purple, Ursa Minor Brewing
  • Silver: “Helles,” Utepils Brewing,
  • Bronze: “Deck Jockey” American-Fashion Bitter, Bauhaus Brew Labs

Missouri: 1 Medal

  • Bronze: “Bobber Lager” Dortmunder/Export or Oktoberfest, Logboat Brewing Co.

Ohio: 10 Medals

  • Gold: “Dawn” Espresso Beer, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing – Manufacturing Operations; “Cheetah” American-Fashion Cream Ale, Rhinegeist Brewery; “Voss” German-Fashion Kolsch, Sonder Brewing; “AlpenGlow” South German Fashion Weizenbock, Fats Head’s Brewery; “Bone Head” Robust Purple Ale, Fats Head’s Brewery; “Head Hunter” American-Fashion IPA, Fats Head’s Brewery & Saloon
  • Silver: “Smashing Honey Blonde” Honey Beer, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery; “Black Cats” English-Fashion Brown, Streetside Brewery
  • Bronze: “Hop Stalker” Experimental Beer, Fats Head’s Brewery & Saloon; “Greater Objective” Candy Stout/Cream Stout, Third Eye Brewing Co.

Wisconsin: 3 Medals

  • Gold: “Pumpernickel Porter” Herb and Spice Beer, Classic Brewing Co.; “Classic 2022” Belgian-Fashion Bitter, New Glarus Brewing Co.
  • Bronze: “Ripped Denims and Wolf Shirts” Gluten-Free Beer, ALT Brew

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Concerning the Writer



Karl has written about meals, journey and beer for Chicago Journal, Thrillist, Time Out Chicago, AskMen and extra. His ebook, Beer Lovers Chicago, is now out there through Amazon and different booksellers.If you happen to’re shopping for, he is seemingly having a porter or a pale ale.



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