Michigan Breweries Awarded 5 Medals at 2016 World Beer Cup10-May-2016
Five Michigan breweries were awarded medals at the 2016 World Beer Cup competition—held this past week as the conclusion of the Craft Brewers Conference & Brew Expo America in Philadelphia, PA. The conference and competition are presented by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers.
Michigan awards were presented to:
Category: 31 Smoke Beer (79 Entries)
Bronze: Raucher, Wolverine State Brewing Co., Ann Arbor, MI
Category: 60 Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale (36 Entries)
Bronze: 2014 Vintage Blue Sunday, New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, MI
Category: 66 English-Style Mild Ale (38 Entries)
Silver: Triple Crown Brown, The Mitten Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI
Category: 80 Old Ale or Strong Ale (55 Entries)
Gold: Ninja Pirate, Black Lotus Brewing Co., Clawson, MI
Category: 84 Export Stout (52 Entries)
Bronze: Dirty Frank Stout, River’s Edge Brewing Co., Milford, MI
“It is always a thrill to see Michigan brewers bring home awards from such a large and well respected event as the World Beer Cup,” says Scott Graham, Executive Director of the Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG). “We are fortunate to have so much delicious beer and such a terrific beer culture here in The Great Beer State.”
This edition of the World Beer Cup saw 6,596 beers from 1,907 breweries representing 55 countries—a 38.5% increase in the number of entries from last year. Entries were judged by an elite international panel of 253 judges from 31 countries. Judges awarded 287 out of 288 total possible awards. A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2016 World Beer Cup Fact Sheet.
MBG has grown to include more than 200 brewery members in its 19-year history, hosting four popular sampling events throughout the year—including the Michigan Summer Beer Festival, July 22-23 in Ypsilanti, UP Fall Beer Festival, September 10 in Marquette; Detroit Fall Beer Festival, October 21-22 in Detroit; and the Michigan Winter Beer Festival, February 24-25, 2017 in Grand Rapids.
As the not-for-profit trade organization representing the state’s growing craft brewing industry, MBG operates as a network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.
Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $277 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”