The World Beer Cup International Competition took place recently in Boulder, Colorado and we were really interested to see which brews took home top honors. Developed by the Brewers Association, the first World Beer Cup was in 1996 and has celebrated the art and science of brewing ever since. Every two years, a highly qualified panel of beer judges hands out gold, silver, and bronze awards in 91 different categories – that’s a whole lot of beer.


This year was the biggest the competition had ever seen:


  • 4,754 beers were entered
  • 1,403 breweries were involved
  • 58 different countries were represented
  • 94 different styles of beer
  • 219 judges from 31 different countries


There are obviously a ton of different awards and categories, so we wanted to zero in on some of the bigger awards. There are Champion Brewery and Champion Brewmaster awards in each of the five brewery categories, based on the awards won by each brewery. The winners for 2014 are:


Small Brewing Company Category: Pelican Brewery; Darron Welch and Steve Panos


Mid-Size Brewing Company Category: Coronado Brewing Company; Coronado Brewing Company team


Large Brewing Company Category: Coors Brewing Company; Dr. David Ryder


Small Brewpub Category: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant; Iron Hill Brewery team


Large Brewpub Category: Blind Tiger & Restaurant; John Dean


Want to see more of the winners? Check out the list on the World Beer Cup website.