2018 World Beer Cup- Client Winner Highlights

2018 World Beer Cup- Client Highlight

The 2018 World Beer Cup, also known as the “Olympics of Beer”, took place this year in during with the annual Craft Brewers Conference (CBC). Introduced in 1996 by the Brewers Association (BA), The World Beer Cup is held every other year during CBC, the 2018 edition of this event was held at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The World Beer Cup is considered the largest international gathering of beers with more than “8,234 entries (this year) from 2,515 breweries and representing 66 countries“.

The beers were judged over a three day period by a panel of 295 judges, hailing from 33 countries. 72 percent of the judges reside outside of the United States. The Brewers Association noted, “out of a possible 303 awards in 101 beer style categories, 302 were awarded. One gold award was not given in Category 36, International-Style Pilsener”.  Within each of the 101 categories to be judged, the average number of beers entered was 82.

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“Beer brings people together,” said Charlie Papazian, founder and past president, Brewers Association. “The World Beer Cup showcases the breadth of the global brewing community and winning an award symbolizes one of the greatest brewing achievements. Congratulations to all the winners on this remarkable accomplishment.” 

We know our clients stay busy year-round crafting new and complex recipes for the enjoyment of everyone (winning a few awards is always nice too). We here at VicinityBrew Software are proud to showcase our clients winning brews from the 2018 World Beer Cup.

Fat Bottom Brewing Company

Wallflower Spring Saison


 ABV: 6.4% | IBU: 30

2018 Winning Category: Belgian-Style Fruit Beer – Bronze Award

Description: Hibernation is over, the flora is in bloom, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors with a delicious brew. Our Wallflower Spring Saison takes a classic recipe and introduces a hint of prickly pear for a subtle sweetness and vibrant color. Get your hands on one before heading out to your warm-weather festivities!


The Baroness Bourbon Barrel Stout

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ABV: 8.5% | IBU: 45 | SRM: 50

2018 Winning Category: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout – Silver Award

Description: Bertha von Suttner, the first female to win a Nobel Peace Prize, took bold steps with a calm spirit. That’s exactly what The Baroness achieves by aging our traditional Bertha Oatmeal Stout in bourbon barrels – a smooth and spicy brew for every lord and lady. The bourbon character is present, but balanced by a richness from the malt and oats. Cherry and vanilla swarm the palate complementing an oaky finish. We wanted to make a beer that was moderate in ABV and full of flavor. This beer aged for over a year as we moved from our old brewery, to our new facility. We then blended, to taste, the barrel aged version with fresh beer from our new brewery. We hope with every sip you can experience the story we are trying to tell. Cheers.


Karl Strauss Brewing Company

“614” Belgian Farmhouse Ale

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ABV: 7.5% | IBU: 10 | SRM: 35

2018 Winning Category: French & Belgian-Style Saison – Bronze Award

Description: Inspired by a trip to the Skagit Valley in the Pacific Northwest—an environmentally forward-thinking community known for its production of sustainable maple and world class malt—614 (Six Fourteen) is a Farmhouse Ale with lively aromas and flavors of lemon zest, Belgian spice, and toasted notes from the addition of maple wood.


“Winning a medal at any beer competition is exciting, but the World Beer Cup is a whole different ballgame.  When you’re competing against some of the best beers from all over the world, taking home a medal is no small feat and we are incredibly honored,” –Sean Albrecht, Head Brewer, Karl Strauss Brewing Company


Kansas City Bier Co.


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ABV: 8.2 % | IBU: 24

2018 Winning Catergory: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock – Silver Award

Description: Winterbock is a dark, full-bodied lager, brewed with a higher ABV than a typical Doppelbock. It has rich caramel, chocolate, and coffee malt flavors, with low bitterness, and a slightly sweet, smooth finish.


BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse- Boulder

BJ’s Quad

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ABV 10.5%

2018 Winning Category: Belgian-Style Dubbel or Belgian-Style Quadrupel – Silver Award

Description: BJ’s Quad was submitted by their Boulder brewhouse location.

Beer Advocate describes the Quad as, “Inspired by the Trappist brewers of Belgium, a Quadrupel is a Belgian style ale of great strength with bolder flavor compared to its Dubbel and Tripel sister styles. Typically a dark creation that ranges within the deep red, brown and garnet hues. Full bodied with a rich malty palate. Phenols are usually at a moderate level. Sweet with a low bitterness yet a well-perceived alcohol.”


Cheers! Prost! Salute! Viva! Salud! Here’s tae ye! Congratulations to all 302 winners from the 2018 World Beer Cup around the world.  If you have any questions for us or want to know more about our brewery management software solutions, please contact us!



“World Beer Cup Winners Announced.” Abby Cohen on Behalf of the Brewers Association, May 2018, www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/2018-world-beer-cup-winners-announced/.

“Karl Strauss Takes Home a Bronze at World Beer Cup and a Gold at LA International Beer Competition .” Https://www.karlstrauss.com/about-Us/Press/, Kiersten Winant, May 2018, www.karlstrauss.com/about-us/press/.

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