Reviews, Commentary and Opinions on Midwest Craft Beer and Microbreweries

April 20, 2008

Beer Diary:

Midwest World Beer Cup Winners

A quick rundown of the Midwest’s medal winners in the 2008 World Beer Cup.
by Eddie Glick

I like my beer like my women: pale, strong, full-bodied, and extremely bitter.
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The Brewers Association announced the 2008 World Beer Cup winners on April 19 in San Diego. Although I agree the winning brewers deserve praise for the great beers they’ve submitted in the competition, I tend to be a little cynical about the actual awards. My first beef is the number of styles and how styles are decided upon. The Brewers Association basically pulled extra styles out of their ass (“English-Style Summer Ale”—what the Hell is that?) to encourage a larger number of entrants—and collect that much more money ($160 per beer entered). Sure, it means more awards to be handed out and more breweries to gain recognition, but it certainly isn’t as altruistic as they would like everyone to believe.

Plus, even though individual tastes are inherently subjective, beer judging is even moreso. Do you think you could plow through 77 “American-Style” IPAs (that’s how many entries there were this year) and pluck the top three out of the list? I know I couldn’t. But then again, I ain’t no beer judge. Anyway, below is a list of Midwest winners, and you can browse the entire list on the Brewers Association web site. And despite all my griping, we at want to give a big congratulations to all the Midwest medal winners.

Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Lakefront Bock—Silver, Traditional German-Style Bock

The Grumpy Troll Restaurant & Brewery
Amnesia—Gold, Baltic-Style Porter

Goose Island Beer Co.
Matilda—Silver, Belgian- and French-Style Ale
312 Urban Wheat—Silver, English-Style Summer Ale

Emmett’s Ale House/Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Co.
Emmett’s Belgian-style Dubbel—Silver, Belgian-Style Dubbel

Shoreline Brewery
Beltaine Scottish Ale—Silver, Scottish-Style Ale

Dragonmead Microbrewery
Crusader Dark Mild Ale—Gold, English-Style Mild Ale

Redwood Brewing Co. (Flint, Michigan)
The Mild One—Bronze, English-Style Mild Ale

Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Porter—Gold, Brown Porter

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Blackout Stout—Bronze, British-Style Imperial Stout

Upland Brewing Co.
Upland Winter Warmer—Silver, Old Ale

Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Dreadnaught—Bronze, Imperial or Double India Pale Ale
Behemoth—Gold, Imperial or Double Red Ale

Rock Bottom Brewery—Chicago
Terminal Stout—Gold, American-Style Stout

Today is the feast day of St. Arnold, patron saint of beer.

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