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16th May 2022


Members of the Brewers Association Export Development Programme secured 16 medals in the prestigious World Beer Cup, organised by the Brewers Association, the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, held recently in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fourteen American craft breweries active in export markets were successful, bringing home eight gold medals, four silver and four bronze between them and accounting for 4.9% of all medals awarded.   Returning after cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic, the 2022 World Beer Cup was the largest competition to date with 10,542 entries from 2,493 breweries representing 57 countries.  In total, 307 medals were awarded in 103 beer style categories to 17 different countries.  There were 226 judges from 28 countries representing 32% of judges from outside the USA.

Lotte Peplow, Brewers Association American Craft Beer Ambassador for Europe, comments: “Having access to award-winning American craft beers in export markets around the world is a unique opportunity for beer drinkers to sample first-hand the quality, innovation and creativity of the world’s most highly decorated beers.  Many of the breweries who medalled pioneered the global craft beer movement and continue to lead it to this day, such as Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Deschutes Brewery and Anderson Valley Brewing Co.   There’s a reason American craft beer stands out and beating an international field of entrants to medal is testimony to that fact.  Winning a medal at the highly competitive World Beer Cup is one of the greatest achievements in the art of brewing and beer drinkers are lucky enough to sample such beers in international markets.  Congratulations to all the winners.”

Full list of medal winners includes:

Alesmith Brewing Co

Allagash Brewing Co

Anderson Valley Brewing Co

Chuckanut Brewery

Denver Beer co

Deschutes Brewery

Hoppin Frog Brewing

Lakefront Brewery Inc

Melvin Brewing

Port City Brewing Co

Pelican Brewing Co

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co

Reubens Brews

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Historically a bi-annual event, the World Beer Cup is moving to an annual event from 2023.  Brewery registration will open in October 2022 with the Awards presentation on 10th May at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.


About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,600-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConTMNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Press release from the Brewers Assocation