Montana Breweries Win Big at 2018 World Beer Cup

The Brewers Association announced the winners of the 2018 World Beer Cup Thursday at the conclusion of the Association’s annual Craft Brewers Conference, held this year in Nashville, TN.  It was the largest competition to date for the biennial event, with 8,234 beers entered in 101 beer style categories, a 25% increase over the 2016 World Beer Cup.

More than 2,515 breweries from 66 countries entered the competition which was judged over the course of three days by a panel of 295 judges from 33 countries.

Three Montana breweries were among the winners, collecting four medals in the prestigious competition:

  • Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. (Helena) won Gold in the American-Style Wheat Beer with Yeast category for Miner’s Gold Hefeweizen;
  • Philipsburg Brewing Co. (Philipsburg) won Gold in the Pumpkin Beer category for 5 Phantoms Pumpkin Spice Barleywine;
  • Higherground Brewing Co.(Hamilton) won Silver in the Session India Pale Ale category for Hop Tamer Session IPA; and
  • Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. won Silver in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale category for Prickly Pear Pale Ale.

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Charlie Papazian, Founder and Past President of the Brewers Association, hands out awards at the 2018 World Beer Cup (Photo courtesy of the Brewers Association)