Drink News World Beer Cup

By Jeff Maisey

The Brewers Association held its World Beer Cup awards presentation on May 6 in Philadelphia, and Norfolk’s O’Connor Brewing Company took home a bronze trophy for its O’Connor Dry Irish Stout in the Classic Irish-style Dry Stout category.

Nearly 6,600 beers were entered in some 55 categories from 55 nations. Of those, 287 awards were won by 253 breweries.

“This year’s judge panel was our most international ever, with three-quarters of judges travelling to Philadelphia from outside the U.S.,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, World Beer Cup. “Judges commented throughout the week that overall beer quality continues to improve across the spectrum of world beer styles. While breweries may hold the awards, beer drinkers around the world are the true winners.”

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The most-entered category was American-Style IPA with 275 entries. The second most entered category was Imperial IPA – 181 entries.

In addition to O’Connor, several other craft breweries from the Commonwealth of Virginia won awards.

Here’s the list of Virginia-brewed winners in their categories:


Category: Field Beer – 57 Entries

Gold: Ponce, Quest Brewing Co., Greenville, SC

Silver: Coconut Delight, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Goochland, VA

Bronze: Cranberry Beet Wild Night, Swamp Head Brewery, Gainesville, FL


Category: American-Belgo-Style Ale – 61 Entries

Gold: Snowcat White IPA, Rock Bottom – Chicago, Chicago, IL

Silver: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO

Bronze: Salad Days, Pale Fire Brewing Co., Harrisonburg, VA


Category: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout – 152 Entries

Gold: A Night to End All Dawns, Kane Brewing, Ocean, NJ

Silver: Darkstar November, Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim, CA

Bronze: Ruse, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, VA


Category: German-Style Maerzen – 34 Entries

Gold: Hissy Fit Marzen Lager, Bitter Sisters Brewing Co., Addison, TX

Silver: Rhinofest, Lost Rhino Brewing Co., Ashburn, VA

Bronze: Ur-Saalfelder, Buergerliches Brauhaus Saalfeld, Saalfeld, Germany


Category: German-Style Schwarzbier – 51 Entries

Gold: Schwartz Bier, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost, Lexington, VA

Silver: Magnetron Schwarzbier, Metropolitan Brewing, Chicago, IL

Bronze: TAPS Schwarzbier, TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Brea, Brea, CA


Category: Other Belgian-Style Ale – 43 Entries

Gold: Supernatural, Crooked Run Brewing, Leesburg, VA

Silver: Chump Change, Oak Highlands Brewery, Dallas, TX

Bronze: Sugarfoot Belgian Table Beer, Spangalang Brewery, Denver, CO


Category:  Irish-Style Red Ale – 66 Entries

Gold: Reilly’s Red, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost, Lexington, VA

Silver: Piper Down, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, San Diego, CA

Bronze: Red Molly, Pale Fire Brewing Co., Harrisonburg, VA


Category: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout – 42 Entries

Gold: Minoh Beer STOUT, A·J·I Beer, Minoh, Japan

Silver: Irish Stout, Carver Brewing Co., Durango, CO

Bronze: O’Connor’s Dry Irish Stout, O’Connor Brewing Co., Norfolk, VA