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Breweries medal at World Beer Cup

May 9, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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The Mitten Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids is a baseball-themed microbrewery that pairs craft beer with specialty pizzas. Photo via fb.com

A pair of breweries in the region have brought home medals from the World Beer Cup — which drew entries from 1,907 breweries across the globe.

Holland-based New Holland Brewing Co. and Mitten Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids were two of the five Michigan breweries to win honors at the awards dinner in Philadelphia last Friday, which took place during the Craft Brewers Conference.

New Holland won a bronze medal in the Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale category for its 2014 Vintage Blue Sunday.

Mitten Brewing won silver in the English-Style Mild Ale for its Triple Crown Brown.

Three other Michigan breweries medaled at the World Beer Cup: Clawson’s Black Lotus Brewing Co.; Milford’s River’s Edge Brewing Co.; and Ann Arbor’s Wolverine State Brewing Co.

World Beer Cup

The World Beer Cup received its most entries ever this year, with 1,907 breweries from 55 countries submitting 6,596 entries in 96 style categories.

The entries grew from 4,754 in 2014 — the competition is held every other year — and 1,173 entries in 2002.

There were 253 judges, with 75 percent of them from outside the U.S.

U.S. breweries submitted 4,858 beers, winning 230 medals for a win rate of 4.73 percent, good for the 10th-best rate.

Lithuania had the best win rate, with one winning beer out of four entries. Germany had the second-best win rate, with 17 out of 265 beers winning.

Entries were received from 49 states, with no submissions from South Dakota.

Connecticut had the best win rate among states at 22.22 percent, with two winners from nine entries.

California won the most medals with 49, and Colorado came in second with 37 medals.

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