2018 World Beer Cup Medals by the Numbers

The 2018 World Beer Cup was held last Thursday, May 3rd and we recapped the ceremony and winners with stats and photos here. Today we bring you a bit more analysis of the numbers, courtesy of our man John Lovegrove. For this article’s sake we will focus on U.S. breweries in this international competition, specifically Oregon and Washington with notes on top medal winners country-wide and top states for medal counts.

American breweries from 39 States won medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup.
California, Colorado and Oregon dominated with 44, 28 and 23 medals altogether.

Top Breweries based on medals won:

  • Firestone Walker won 4 medals, 3 from Paso Robles and 1 from Buellton locations.
  • Beachwood Brewing won 4 Medals, two from Long Beach and two from Huntington Beach.
  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing won 3 medals, one each from Arroyo Grande, Westlake Village and Buellton.
  • Pinthouse Pizza won 3 medals, 2 from Burnet and 1 from South Lamar locations.

The following states won atleast five medals: 

  • California 44
  • Colorado 28
  • Oregon 23
  • Pennsylvania 11
  • Texas 11
  • Michigan 10
  • Ohio 10
  • Washington 10
  • Florida 7
  • Illinois 7
  • New York 7
  • Wisconsin 7
  • Indiana 6
  • North Carolina 5
  • Virginia 5
Nevada won 4, but Revision Brewing in Sparks, NV deserves recognition for winning Gold in the super-competitive American-Style IPA category (377 entries) and Silver for its Double IPA (196 entries).
“Beer Town USA” Asheville, NC won two. That’s cute guys, nice try.


As I have noted previously, Breakside Brewery often dominates competitions but you are seeing quality rise overall and medals spread out further between states and breweries with less dominance. Still, Breakside won 3 medals, 2 from its Milwaukie location and one from Slabtown.

Breakside accepting another 2018 World Beer Cup award

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales and Old Town Brewing won 2 each, as did Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters, Oregon, one each for its two locations.

Complete list of Oregon Winners by medals won:

  • Breakside (Milwaukie and Slabtown) 3
  • 10 Barrel (Bend) 2
  • Logsdon 2
  • Old Town Brewing 2
  • Three Creeks 2
  • Barley Brown’s (Baker City) 1
  • Ecliptic Brewing 1
  • Elk Horn Brewery 1
  • Gigantic Brewing 1
  • Golden Valley Brewery 1
  • Great Notion 1
  • Ground Breaker 1
  • Oakshire 1
  • Pelican Brewing 1
  • pFriem Family Brewers 1
  • Public Coast Brewing 1
  • StormBreaker 1


To our north Washington breweries won 10 medals.

Cuckanut Brewing wins 2 Gold Medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup

Bellingham (Washington’s answer to Bend, OR) deservedly won 4 of the 10 medals. Chuckanut Brewing won two Gold medals for its Kolsch and Pilsner. Chucakanut Kolsch also took Gold at last year’s GABF. Aslan Brewing won Gold for Frances Farmer saison. Boundary Bay won a Bronze for Old Bounder barleywine.
Seattle’s Georgetown Brewing is racking up wins for its Gusto Crema Coffee Beer, it also took gold at GABF in 2016.
Barrel Mountain Brewing in nearby Battle Ground won Silver for its Starway Stout.

Complete List of Washington winners:

  •  Gold: Chuckanut Kolsch Style, Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA (German-Style Kolsch – 125 Entries)
  • Gold: Chuckanut Pilsner, Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA (Bohemian-Style Pilsener – 92 Entries)
  • Gold: Frances Farmer, Aslan Brewing Co., Bellingham, WA (Specialty Saison – 79 Entries)
  • Gold: Gusto Crema, Georgetown Brewing Co., Seattle, WA (Coffee Beer – 71 Entries)
  • Gold: Wonderland, Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, WA (German-Style Bock or Maibock – 70 Entries)
  • Silver: Born & Raised, No-Li Brewhouse, Spokane, WA (Double Red Ale – 54 Entries)
  • Silver: Starway Stout, Barrel Mountain Brewing, Battle Ground, WA (Export Stout – 53 Entries)
  • Bronze: Černé, Chainline Brewing Co., Kirkland, WA (Dark Lager – 99 Entries)
  • Bronze: Fresh Frozen, Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA (Fresh or Wet Hop Ale – 21 Entries)
  • Bronze: Old Bounder, Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Bellingham, WA (Barley Wine-Style Ale – 79 Entries)

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