British brewers win seven awards at World Beer Cup 2016

By Nicholas Robinson

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Which award did Meantime win for its Rasberry Wheat Beer?
Which award did Meantime win for its Rasberry Wheat Beer?
Six British beer brewers have taken gold, silver or bronze across several coveted categories at the World Beer Cup held in Philadelphia, US, over the weekend.

Brewers from the UK took home seven awards in total at the Brewers Association-organised event, including one gold, three silver and three bronze awards.

The winning breweries included the Meantime Brewing Company in London; Huddersfield-based Magic Rock; Leeds' Northern Monk Brew Company; Thornbridge in Bakewell, Derbyshire; London-based Camden Town Brewery; and Harviestoun in Alva (near Falkirk, Scotland) (see table below).

More than 6,500 beers from 1,907 breweries across 55 countries competed in the World Beer Cup, which saw 287 medals awarded for 96 beer style categories​.

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Brits won awards for:

  • Fruit wheat beer
  • Honey beer
  • Session India pale ale
  • Wood and barrel-aged sour beer
  • Belgian-style Witbier
  • Ordinary or special bitter

Brewers Association founder Charlie Papazian, said: "Brewing has no boundaries or borders. The World Beer Cup recognises the very best in the global community of brewers – their innovation, creativity and the craft of beer brewing."

Competition manager Chris Swersey, said: "This year's judging panel was our most international ever, with three quarters of judges travelling from outside of the US.

"Judges commented throughout the week that overall beer quality continues to improve across the spectrum of world beer styles. While breweries may hold the awards, beer drinkers around the world are the true winners."

In the past at the Beer World Cup, which is a biennial event, brewers such as Fuller's have won gold medals in the Old Ale category in 2006.

Beer entries up

At this year's World Beer Cup, the average number of beer entries per category was up to 69 from 50 in 2014.

The most-entered category was the American-style India pale ale section, which had 275 entries.

Imperial India pale ale was the second most-entered category (181) and American-style pale ale the third most-entered category (167).

Overall, 225 breweries won one award, 22 breweries won two (including Thornbridge) and six breweries won three awards.

Meanwhile, Brewers Association CEO and President Bob Pease will give the headline talk at the Publican's Morning Advertiser​’s Future Trends: Beer and Cider​ event on 22 June in London.

British brewers won:





Meantime Brewing Company, London

Raspberry Wheat Beer

4: Fruit Wheat Beer


Magic Rock Brewing, Huddersfield


14: Honey Beer


Northern Monk Brewing Co, Leeds


16: Session India Pale Ale


Thornbridge, Bakewell

Love Among the Ruins

28: Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer


Thornbridge, Bakewell

Days of Creation

28: Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer


Camden Town Brewery

Gentleman's Wit

55: Belgian-Style Witbier


Harviestoun, Alva

Broken Dial

68: Ordinary or Special Bitter


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