2023 World Beer Cup Midwestern Winners

Image of the 2023 World Beer Cup logo.Image of the 2023 World Beer Cup logo.

Possibly it’s as a result of I’ve by no means attended the Craft Brewers Convention, however I are inclined to pay much less consideration to the World Beer Cup winners — regardless 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; in truth 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 circumstances, successful.

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

A daily takeaway from GABF is that Ohio breweries are actually, actually good at successful medals generally. This yr at WBC, it was Fats Head’s that was actually, actually good at successful medals in particular. The busiest class this yr was the IPA class (common IPA — not hazy/juicy) they usually took the gold, so if you happen to’re cruising by the Buckeye state and want to select 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 so much 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 recent accusations in a court of law don’t set off one thing in the BA’s Code of Conduct:

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

Due to this fact, all Brewers Affiliation members should:
a. Deal with all people and teams respectfully, recognizing their human dignity,
no matter their numerous 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 surroundings 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 conduct, the place the
conduct is thought or fairly must be acknowledged as undesirable or

BA Code of Conduct

Founders is an Affiliate Member per the BA’s Directory, which implies that some other brewery can file a grievance 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 yr both, and I discover it attention-grabbing that 4 of the 7 medals went to lager-style beers this yr — okay, 3.5 if you happen to think about altbier as straddling the road between ale/lager as Kolsch does. Both means, no less than that’s kinda cool.

Illinois: 7 Medals

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

Indiana: 3 Medals

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

Michigan: 3 Medals

  • Gold: “Nectar Of The Gods” Belgian-Type Tripel, Redwood Brewing Co.,
  • Silver: “Soiled Bastard” Outdated Ale/Sturdy Ale, Founders Brewing Co.
  • Bronze: “Imperial Peanuts & Crackerjack” Area Beer, The Mitten Brewing Co.,

Minnesota: 3 Medals

  • Gold: “Equanimity” Irish-Type Purple, Ursa Minor Brewing
  • Silver: “Helles,” Utepils Brewing,
  • Bronze: “Deck Jockey” American-Type 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-Type Cream Ale, Rhinegeist Brewery; “Voss” German-Type Kolsch, Sonder Brewing; “AlpenGlow” South German Type Weizenbock, Fats Head’s Brewery; “Bone Head” Sturdy Purple Ale, Fats Head’s Brewery; “Head Hunter” American-Type IPA, Fats Head’s Brewery & Saloon
  • Silver: “Smashing Honey Blonde” Honey Beer, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery; “Black Cats” English-Type Brown, Streetside Brewery
  • Bronze: “Hop Stalker” Experimental Beer, Fats Head’s Brewery & Saloon; “Greater Goal” Candy Stout/Cream Stout, Third Eye Brewing Co.

Wisconsin: 3 Medals

  • Gold: “Pumpernickel Porter” Herb and Spice Beer, Classic Brewing Co.; “Classic 2022” Belgian-Type 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 food, journey and beer for Chicago Journal, Thrillist, Time Out Chicago, AskMen and extra. His e book, Beer Lovers Chicago, is now out there through Amazon and different booksellers.
When you’re shopping for, he is doubtless having a porter or a pale ale.

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