Florida Highlights in the 2018 World Beer Cup

The results are in and Florida has done well

This year at the 2018 World Beer Cup there were 8,234 entries from 66 countries which included a little over 2,500 breweries. That is a huge increase over 2016.

Over the course of three days a large panel of judges sip and dissected each beer to choose the winners of all 303 possible awards. Looking at the numbers, this was no small task.

While most categories averaged around 82 entries there were four categories that gave us insight into the current beer trend. What probably would not surprise most is that the American India Pale Ale style saw the most with a whopping 377 entries . Imperial IPA’s had 196 as well.

There were two other categories that I did find interesting. Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer had 196 entries along with 190 for Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Stout.

How did Florida do?

In total, Florida breweries brought home 7 medals. 1 Gold, 4 Silver, and 2 Bronze. Here is the list:

  • Category 8: Chili Beer – 57 Entries
    • Silver Medal: Motorworks Brewing, Bradenton – Chocolate Datil Pepper Imperial Porter
  • Category 10: Chocolate Beer – 77 Entries
    • Silver Medal: Fort Myers Brewing, Fort Meyers – Somebody Else’s Dream Chocolate Stout
  • Category 31: Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 117 Entries
    • Silver Medal: Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin – Ritual Madness
  • Category 43: Vienna-Style Lager – 98 Entries
    • Bronze Medal: Concrete Beach Brewery, Miami – Havana Lager
  • Category 60: French & Belgian Style Saison – 87 Entries
    • Gold Medal: The Tank Brewing Co., Miami – La Finca Miami
  • Category 66: Belgian-Style Dubbel or Belgian-Style Quadruppel – 78 Entries
    • Bronze Medal: 7venth Sun Brewery, Dunedin – Belgian Quad
  • Category 90: Golden or Blonde Ale – 121 Entries
    • First Magnitude Brewing Co., Gainesville – Vega Blonde

Congrats to all but especially to our local Florida brewers!

Image provided by “Photos © Brewers Association”


The Pool Boy

A lover of all things food and beverage related, Ron Nattress is on the constant hunt to learn and experience all he can. A man of many hats, he takes his passion from grain to glass to readers.

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