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2022 World Beer Cup® Winners Announced

Over 10,000 entries from 57 countries compete for recognition in the world’s most prestigious professional beer competition

Minneapolis – The Brewers Association (BA) – the nonprofit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small independent craft brewers – has announced the results of the largest international commercial beer competition, the 2022 Beer World Cup (WBC).

The awards were presented at a ceremony on Thursday evening following the Craft Brewers Conference® and BrewExpo America® at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Returning after cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic, the 2022 World Beer Cup was the biggest competition to date, with 10,542 entries from 2,493 breweries representing 57 countries.

The entries were evaluated by an elite panel of 226 judges from 28 countries. The judging of the competition took place in 18 sessions over nine days. The judges awarded 307 of the 309 possible prizes in total, reflecting the possibility of obtaining a gold, silver and bronze award in each of the 103 beer style categories. No gold or silver medals were awarded in category 68: Belgian-style Witbier.

“The World Beer Cup showcases the incredible diversity and talent of the global brewing community,” said Chris Swersey, Competition Director, World Beer Cup. “Winning a prize at this extremely competitive event symbolizes one of the greatest achievements in the art of brewing. Congratulations to this year’s winners for their outstanding achievements.

Historically a biennial event, the World Beer Cup competition will transition to an annual event from 2023, it has been announced. Brewery registration for the 2023 Beer World Cup will open in October 2022 and awards will be presented on May 10, 2023 at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

See the 2022 winners or download a PDF list of winners

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Competition Highlights

Average number of beers entered per category: 102
Most entered style categories:

  1. American India Pale Ale: 384
  2. Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale: 343
  3. German Pilsener: 254
  4. Strong stout aged in wood and in barrels: 237
  5. International Pilsner or International Lager: 231
  6. Munich-style Helles: 202

Number of countries represented: 57
Most awarded countries:

  1. United States: 252
  2. Canada: 14
  3. Germany: 11

Country with highest pass rate: Ireland (16.67%)
First winning country: Colombia, Pola Del Pub, Bogotá, for its entry “Saison Con Miel” Specialty Saison

Editor’s note: Photos for media use are available here. The replay of the awards ceremony can be viewed here. Winners from previous years can be found here.

The 2022 World Beer Cup competition has been made possible in part through the generous support of its sponsor. Presenting Sponsor: Siemens. Partner Sponsors: Commercial ABS, Barth Haas Group, Fermentis, First key consultation, Rahr Maltingand Sahm.

Contact: Erin Key (on behalf of the Brewers Association) 970-963-4873 x1232.


About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the nonprofit trade association dedicated to America’s small, independent brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents more than 5,600 American breweries. The BA Independent Craft Brewer Seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers from small independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the beer world cup®, Great American Oktoberfest®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, FLAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Dining Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The new brewer® magazines, and Brewers publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the United States. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the vibrant world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and on homebrewing via BAs American Homebrew Association® and free Brewing Guru® mobile app. follow us on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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