Three Pittsburgh Breweries Capture 2018 World Beer Cup Medals
Every year, brewers, brewery owners, and other professionals converge at the Craft Brewers Conference, hosted by the Brewers Association, to learn, share ideas, discover innovative breakthroughs in brewing equipment, and celebrate the progress that’s been made throughout the industry. This year’s conference took place in Nashville, Tennessee and brought men and women from across the globe together for several days of seminars, conferences, and breakout meetings.
Every other year, the World Beer Cup takes place at CBC and this year’s event garnered a total of 8,234 beer entries from 66 countries, all vying for medals in a wide variety of categories. The World Beer Cup has affectionately been dubbed the ‘Olympics of Beer,’ with stiff competition from breweries worldwide as they showcase their top-tier offerings.
As the dust settled on the 2018 competition, three breweries from Pittsburgh earned medal honors and will need to find room in their luggage for more hardware as they make the trek home from a great week in Nashville.
The winners are:
- Rivertowne Brewing – No stranger to World Beer Cup glory, the brewers of Rivertowne once again returned to the podium. Maxwell’s Scottish Ale, now a seasonal offering in Rivertowne’s portfolio available at the beginning of each calendar year, captured a bronze medal in the Scottish Style Ale category.
- Penn Brewery – And the hits keep comin’! Very seldom does an award ceremony of any kind in the beer world go by without Penn Brewery rightfully earning props. At this year’s World Beer Cup, Penn once again captured a gold medal in the Muenchner-Style Helles category with one of their most recognized beers, Penn Gold. This year-round staple of the Penn portfolio also captured a gold medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival.
- Roundabout Brewery – I think we can all agree that Heini’s Good Cheer is, quite simply, awesome beer. And the judges seem to agree. Heini’s once again captured a silver medal in the Old or Strong Ale category, same as it did at 2016’s World Beer Cup and at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival.
A well-deserved mention goes to Pittsburgh favorite Fat Head’s who, while not brewed here, will always have a home in the ‘Burgh thanks to their strong presence throughout the market and their world class pub in the South Side. Also no stranger to the spotlight, Fat Head’s brought home a gold medal in the German-Style Weizenbock category with Alpenglow and a silver in the American-Style Black Ale with Midnight Moonlight.
A big congratulations to our local breweries and ALL the breweries who captured medals. Click here to peruse the entire list.