Reviews, Commentary and Opinions on Midwest Craft Beer and Microbreweries

April 12, 2010

Beer Diary:

Midwest Winners Of The 2010 World Beer Cup

Check out this year’s winners at the 2010 World Beer Cup, held in Chicago, Illinois.
by Eddie Glick

I like my beer like my women: pale, strong, full-bodied, and extremely bitter.
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The World Beer Cup took place last week in Chicago. Although not the recipient of the kind of hype the Great American Beer Fest garners, the World Beer Cup makes up for it with entries from across the globe. This year’s medal winners came from a few places you don’t pop immediately into your brain when you think about craft beer. Places like Russia, Italy, and Iceland. Even though the fest is littered with idiotically arbitrary styles like “American-Style Specialty Lager” (won by Colt 45, of course), “Australasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light Lager” (did you know that’s the style AB’s Landshark Lager falls within?), and “Other Strong Beer” (because it didn’t fall into the “Strong Ale,” “American-Style Strong Pale Ale,” “Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale,” “Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale,” “Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter,” “Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer,” or the plethora of imperial styles available), it’s pretty cool to see funky brews from all across the world getting some love.

Also cool is the number of medal won by Midwest-based craft brewers. Thirty-three or so and all. Check ’em out below. Congrats Midwest craft brewers from all of us here at!

Millstream Brewing Co., Amana, IA
Schild Brau Amber, Gold—Vienna-Style Lager

Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL
Lolita, Silver—Fruit Beer or Field Beer
India Pale Ale, Gold—English-Style India Pale Ale
Nut Brown Ale, Gold—American-Style Brown Ale
Christmas Ale, Bronze—American-Style Brown Ale

Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, Flossmoor, IL
Pullman’s Reserve, Bronze—Wood- and Barrel-Aged

Piece Brewing Co., Chicago, IL
Top Heavy Hefeweizen, Bronze—South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

Rock Bottom Brewery - Chicago, Chicago, IL
Terminal Stout, Bronze—American-Style Stout

Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Dominator Dopplebock, Bronze—German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
Sunlight Cream Ale, Silver—Golden or Blonde Ale

Upland Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN
Upland Oktoberfest, Silver—American-Style Amber Lager
Helios Pale Ale, Bronze—English-Style Summer Ale

Crown Brewing Co., Crown Point, IN
Industrial Porter, Bronze—Brown Porter

Rock Bottom Brewery - Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Subzero, Bronze—Old Ale

Three Floyds Brewing Co. LLC, Munster, IN
Behemoth, Gold—Imperial Red Ale

Short’s Brewing Co., Bellaire, MI
Black Licorice Lager, Bronze—Herb and Spice Beer or Chocolate Beer

Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak, MI
Saison du Bastone, Silver—Belgian- and French-Style Ale

Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI
Porter, Silver—Robust Porter
Dirty Bastard, Silver—Strong Ale
Centennial IPA, Silver—American-Style India Pale Ale
Imperial Stout, Bronze—American-Style Imperial Stout

Redwood Brewing Co., Flint, MI
Cream Stout, Silver—Sweet Stout

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Warren, MI
Fourth Dementia Olde Ale, Gold—Old Ale

The Detroit Beer Co., Detroit, MI
The Detroit Dwarf, Silver—German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier

Big Rock Chop House & Brewery, Birmingham, MI
Norm’s Raggedy-Ass IPA, Gold—American-Style India Pale Ale
Bonnie’s Raggedy-Ass Imperial IPA, Silver—Imperial India Pale Ale

Summit Brewing Co., Saint Paul, MN
Summit Extra Pale Ale, Gold—Classic English-Style Pale Ale

Rock Bottom Brewery - Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Rudolf’s Bourbon Scotch Ale, Bronze—Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI
Point Horizon Wheat, Gold—American-Style Wheat Beer with Yeast

The Grumpy Troll Brewery, Restaurant & Pizzeria, Mount Horeb, WI
Rye Bob, Silver—Rye Beer
Spetsnaz Stout, Bronze—Foreign-Style Stout

Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI
Riverwest Stein, Bronze—American-Style Amber Lager

Fox River Brewing Company, Oshkosh, WI
Fox Light, Silver—German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch

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