MN brewers win 6 medals at World Beer Cup

Summit brewers Gabe Smoley and Eric Harper accepting their award
Summit brewers Gabe Smoley and Eric Harper accepting their award
photo courtesy of Summit Brewing Company

Minnesota brewers had a good showing at last weekend's World Beer Cup in Denver, as five local breweries won a combined six awards for various styles of beer, proving once again that our hopping brew scene is a matter of quality over quantity.

See also: Beer of the Week: Northbound Smokehouse's doppelbock

Schell's Firebrick and Steel Toe's Wee Heavy won gold medals, Northbound Smokehouse's Snownami, Summit's EPA, and Canal Park's Nut Hatchet Brown took silvers, and Schell's Framboise du Nord won a bronze medal.

The World Beer Cup is a biennial event sponsored by the Brewers Association. This year, 1,403 breweries from 58 countries brought in styles of beer to compete in 94 categories. For a detailed list of the categories and prizes at the competition, visit their website here. For more on our local brewers, here are the finer points:

Gold: -August Schell Brewing's Firebrick (Vienna-style lager category; 39 entries) -Steel Toe Brewing's Wee Heavy (Scotch ale; 47 entries)

Silver: -Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub's Snownami Chocolate/Raspberry Imperial Stout (Chocolate beer category; 51 entries) -Summit Brewing Co.'s Extra Pale Ale (Classic English-style pale ale category; 30 entries) -Canal Park Brewing Co.'s Nut Hatchet Brown (English-style brown ale category; 49 entries)

Bronze: -August Schell's Framboise du Nord (German-style sour ale category; 40 entries)

For some added perspective on the festival, we chatted with the WBC veterans at Summit, who have won medals for their EPA in 2010 (gold), 2012 (silver), and again this year (silver). "We continue to be proud of our 'first born,' both in its connection to our origins of sodbusting the Midwest craft beer scene back in the '80s, but also in its ability to remain relevant and a go-to beer for many craft beer lovers today," says Summit's Carey Matthews.

This year's Minnesota-based winners were an even mix of old and new breweries, with three awards to local time-honored institutions Summit and Schell's, and three awards to relatively new brewpubs Canal Park (Duluth), Northbound Smokehouse, and Steel Toe Brewing, which opened its doors in 2011.

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