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    World Beer Cup


    Brewers from around the world received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup. The ninth bi-annual competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories. A 17.7 percent increase over 2010, the entries were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards in their respective categories. Judges presented a total of 284 awards.


    Highlights from the competition:
    •The average number of beers entered per category was 41.
    •The category with the most entries was American-Style India Pale Ale, with 150 entries. The second most-entered category was Imperial India Pale Ale, with 93 entries. The German-Style Sour Ale category had the fewest number of entries at 11.
    •The 2012 World Beer Cup saw substantial growth of entries in the American-Style India Pale Ale category. Category entries grew 41.5 percent over 2010 to make it the largest category of the 2012 competition.
    •Additionally, Champion Brewery and Champion Brewmaster awards are given in each of five brewery categories based on the awards won by each brewery in the given size category.

    The five Champion Brewery/Brewmaster award winners are:

    Small Brewing Company Category
    Brauerei Michael Plank, Michael Plank

    Mid-Size Brewing Company Category
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Matthew Brynildson

    Large Brewing Company Category
    AB InBev, Claudio Ferro

    Small Brewpub Category
    Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant-Media, Iron Hill Brewery Team

    Large Brewpub Category
    Pelican Pub & Brewery, Darron R S Welch


    List of winners - http://www.worldbeercup.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/WBC12-Winners-List.pdf

    List of participating breweries - http://www.worldbeercup.org/about/participating-breweries


    Check out my videos
    video 1 - World Beer Cup
    video 2 - In the kitchen with Chef Dulye before the Gala Dinner

    video 3 - First brew pub in Alabama


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