Friday, May 4, 2018

Press Release: Ohio Brewers Win Big On World Stage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ohio craft brewers continued to post impressive results at the 2018 World Beer Cup competition, held May 3 in conjunction with the annual Craft Brewers Conference.  The Ohio delegation won a total of ten awards at the world’s most prestigious brewing competition.

Fat Head’s Brewery in Middleburg Heights scored two medals. AlpenGlow was the big winner of the evening, taking the gold for South German-style Weizenbock. Midnight Moonlight earned a silver medal, the second consecutive award in the American-Style Black Ale category. This marks the fourth consecutive competition that Fat Head’s has taken home a medal.

Three more Ohio breweries added to their World Beer Cup medal collections. Fifty West Brewing in Cincinnati captured another award for the 10 & 2 Barleywine, winning silver in the Barley Wine-Style Ale category after taking gold in the 2016 competition. Columbus Brewing Company took home bronze in the Mixed Culture Brett Beer category with TBD Peach Sour, the brewery’s first-ever sour beer. Little Fish Brewing Company in Athens won their second World Beer Cup medal, a bronze for Petit Poisson in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category.

Five Ohio breweries earned their first honors at this year’s competition: Millersburg Brewing Co. in Millersburg, Platform Beer Co. in Cleveland, Fretboard Brewing Co. in Blue Ash, Taft’s Ale House in Cincinnati and Brink Brewing Co. in Cincinnati.

“Standing on the world stage, Ohio craft breweries continue to prove their commitment to quality,” said Mary MacDonald, executive director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. “Our breweries are making world-class beer not just in our major cities, but in towns like Athens and Millersburg as well.”

2018 World Beer Cup medal-winning Ohio craft beers:

Fat Head’s Brewery:

• AlpenGlow – Gold medal, South German-style Weizenbock
• Midnight Moonlight – Silver medal, American-Style Black Ale

Fifty West:

• 10&2 Barleywine – Silver medal, Barley Wine-style Ale

Fretboard Brewing Company:

• Vlad the Impaler – Silver medal, International-style Pilsener

Taft’s Ale House:

• Gustav – Silver medal, Vienna-Style Lager

Brink Brewing Co.:

• Moozie – Bronze medal, Sweet Stout or Cream Stout

Columbus Brewing Company:

• TBD Peach Sour – Bronze medal, Mixed Culture Brett Beer

Little Fish Brewing Company:

• Petit Poisson – Bronze medal, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

Millersburg Brewing Company:

• Pope’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Bronze medal, Pumpkin Beer

Platform Beer Co.:

• Panic Switch – Bronze medal, Rye Beer

Founded in 2007, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association is a nonprofit guild that exists to promote and preserve Ohio’s unified craft brewing industry. We aspire to be recognized as the industry leader at both state and national levels for preserving the art of making high-quality, unique craft beer; to serve as the unified voice for craft brewers across the state; to advocate on behalf of the Ohio Craft beer industry; to contribute to systemic, local community development by driving economic and job growth, while creating experiences that bring people together; and to serve as a beacon for local production and manufacturing through craft beer, resulting in diverse choices for consumers.

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