The Global Beer Cup in spite of everything held its biennial party this month with festivities that integrated flurries of medals, hundreds of brews and various just right information for California breweries.
It’s been an extended 4 years because the final pageant — the pandemic canceled the 2020 match, after all — and that lapse turns out to have pushed an enormous surge in entries for the arena’s biggest world beer pageant. I used to be some of the 226 judges who sampled a record-breaking 10,542 other beers. Brews poured in from just about 3,000 breweries in 57 nations.
America racked up probably the most wins with 252 of the 300 medals awarded. California introduced house 59 of the ones, together with 24 gold medals, greater than some other state or nation. And 15 medals — together with seven golds — went to Bay Space breweries.
Possibly probably the most spectacular Bay Space wins got here by way of Tracy’s Morgan Territory, whose taproom I visited final fall as a part of my brewery day shuttle collection. Co-owner Michael LaCross and brewmaster Craig Cauwels earned a gold medal for Darkish Reckoning, a Baltic genre porter, a silver for Giant Bock Power and a bronze for The Cushman, a Munich Helles. Simply 3 breweries had a hat trick like that.
Different gold medal winners integrated Castle Level’s Yuzu KSA within the American wheat class, Woods Beer & Wine Co.’s Divine Origins Carignan within the experimental beer phase and Barrel Head Brewhouse’s Brother Harker Paterbier in American-Belgo genre. All 3 are San Francisco breweries.
Boonville’s Anderson Valley Brewing introduced house a gold medal for its Holy Gose, as did Sebastopol’s Seismic Brewing for its Tremor California Mild Lager and Santa Rosa’s 3rd Boulevard Aleworks for its always-delicious Blarney Sisters’ Dry Irish Stout.
Oakland’s Ghost The city Brewing gained a silver medal for its Ossuary within the tough porter class, and Temescal Brewing gained a bronze within the hoppy lager class for its 49 Mile West Coast Pilsner.
Danville Brewing nabbed a silver medal for Granny’s Tipple within the barley wine-style ale class. Santa Rosa’s Russian River Brewing gained a silver for its Jannemie saison, and at the reverse aspect of the Bay Space, Santa Cruz’s Humble Sea Brewing earned a silver medal for its Humble Sea Helles. And San Francisco’s Barebottle Brewing introduced house a bronze for its Citra Powered Jetpack within the extremely aggressive juicy or hazy imperial IPA class.
It’s continually fascinating to look which classes are the most well liked with beer makers. Unsurprisingly, American-style India light ale was once probably the most closely entered class with 384 beers entered, however juicy or hazy IPAs adopted carefully at the back of with 343. In descending order, German-style pilsener was once subsequent (254), adopted by means of world pilsener or lager (231) and Munich-style helles (202). That degree of recognition displays my predictions over the previous couple of years that lagers are beginning to give IPAs a run for his or her cash.
In the meantime, the expansion of craft beer — now not simply right here however all over the world — manner the Global Beer Cup is now formally an annual match. You’ll to find the total record of 2022 winners at www.worldbeercup.org.