12Degree hits big time with World Beer Cup wins


There’s only one World Beer Cup champion in the Small Brewpub category for 2016 and it’s 12Degree Brewing in Louisville.

Photo © 12Degree Brewing

Photo © 12Degree Brewing

The Belgian-inspired brewery just let the world know they are doing some things right on Main Street in the small Boulder County town.

12Degree also won a gold medal for its Treachery in the Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale category and a bronze for its Soleil Saison in the French & Belgian-Style Saison category, according to results from the Brewers Association in Boulder.

The 2016 World Beer Cup awards were presented at the conclusion of Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Philadelphia. “Brewing has no boundaries or borders,” said Brewers Association founder Charlie Papazian in a report from the group. “The World Beer Cup recognizes the very best in the global community of brewers—their innovation, creativity and the craft of beer and brewing.”

The World Beer Cup had 6,596 beers from 1,907 breweries representing 55 countries—a 38.5 percent increase in entries from the 2014 World Beer Cup, which had 4,754, the Brewers Association said. The entries were judged by an international panel of 253 judges from 31 countries. “Judges awarded 287 out of 288 total possible awards, reflecting the chance for one gold, one silver and one bronze award in each of 96 beer style categories,” the report said. “A gold award was not presented in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category.”

The results also showed Colorado’s brewers couldn’t be denied in the Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale category. With 48 entries, Colorado swept all three awards. 12Degree took the gold with its Treachery; Gemini Beer Co., in Westminster took silver with its Sanctuary Golden Strong Ale and Funkwerks in Fort Collins took bronze with Deceit.
And 12Degree wasn’t the only Louisville brewery to score: Gravity Brewing took silver with its Coal Kriek in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer category.
Just up the highway, Upslope Brewing Co. won bronze for its Brown Ale in the American Brown Ale category and Bootstrap Brewing took bronze for its Wreak Havoc in the Imperial Red Ale grouping.
Below are all of the Colorado winners. Click here for the entire list of 2016 World Beer Cup Champions.


World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Small Brewpub
12Degree Brewing
Jon Howland and Tor O’Brien

Category: 1 American-Style Wheat Beer - 28 Entries
Silver: Whacked Out Wheat, Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride

Category: 3 Fruit Beer - 77 Entries
Silver: Razz Against the Machine, Little Machine, Denver

Category: 4 Fruit Wheat Beer - 46 Entries
Gold: First Peach Ale, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Golden

Category: 5 Belgian-Style Fruit Beer - 58 Entries
Silver: Coal Kriek, Gravity Brewing, Louisville

Category: 6 Pumpkin Beer - 25 Entries
Gold: Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale, 4 Noses Brewing Co., Broomfield

Category: 8 Chili Beer - 58 Entries
Gold: Yellow Fever, Comrade Brewing Co., Denver

Category: 18 Experimental Beer - 86 Entries
Silver: Cerise Mousseux Nouveau, Manitou Brewing Co., Manitou Springs

Category: 19 Fresh or Wet Hop Ale - 10 Entries
Silver: High Ground IPA, Manitou Brewing Co., Manitou Springs
Bronze: Double Conundrum Imperial Red Fresh Hop, Aspen Brewing Co., Aspen

Category: 29 Aged Beer - 40 Entries
Bronze: 2012 Dr. Strangelove Barleywine, Strange Craft Beer Co., Denver

Category: 34 Baltic-Style Porter - 44 Entries
Bronze: Black Aria Baltic Porter, Mountain Sun Breweries, Denver

Category: 35 German-Style Pilsener - 108 Entries
Silver: Pilsner, Dry Dock Brewing Co. - South Dock, Aurora

Category: 39 Vienna-Style Lager - 57 Entries
Bronze: Puesta del Sol, WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley

Category: 44 German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock - 53 Entries
Silver: Warning Sign, Rockyard Brewing Co., Castle Rock

Category: 46 American-Style Amber Lager - 59 Entries
Gold: Steam Engine Lager, Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango

Category: 47 American-Style Dark Lager - 29 Entries
Bronze: Saint Patrick’s Black, Saint Patrick’s Brewing Co., Littleton

Category: 50 German-Style Altbier - 56 Entries
Gold: 90 Shilling, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins
Silver: Little Red Cap, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland

Category: 56 French & Belgian-Style Saison - 116 Entries
Bronze: Soleil Saison, 12Degree Brewing, Louisville

Category: 58 Belgian-Style Pale Ale or Blonde Ale - 60 Entries
Bronze: Golden Ghost, Lost Highway Brewing, Denver

Category: 63 Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale - 48 Entries
Gold: Treachery, 12Degree Brewing, Louisville
Silver: Sanctuary Golden Strong Ale, Gemini Beer Co., Westminster
Bronze: Deceit, Funkwerks, Fort Collins

Category: 65 Other Belgian-Style Ale - 43 Entries
Bronze: Sugarfoot Belgian Table Beer, Spangalang Brewery, Denver

Category: 67 English-Style Summer Ale - 30 Entries
Bronze: True Blonde Ale, SKA Brewing Co., Durango

Category: 68 Ordinary or Special Bitter - 36 Entries
Gold: Amber, Dry Dock Brewing Co. - North Dock, Aurora
Silver: Sawtooth Ale, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont

Category: 71 English-Style India Pale Ale - 41 Entries
Gold: Independence Pass Ale, Aspen Brewing Co., Aspen
Silver: Punjabi Pale Ale, CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing, Fort Collins

Category: 73 English-Style Brown Ale - 50 Entries
Silver: Sweet George’s Brown, Dillon Dam Brewery, Dillon

Category: 74 Brown Porter - 66 Entries
Bronze: Blue Nose Brown, Red Leg Brewing Co., Colorado Springs

Category: 78 Scotch Ale - 70 Entries
Gold: Clan Warrior Scotch Ale, Odyssey Beerwerks, Arvada

Category: 83 Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout - 42 Entries
Silver: Irish Stout, Carver Brewing Co., Durango

Category: 84 Export Stout - 52 Entries
Gold: Fade to Black, Volume 1, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont

Category: 91 Double Red Ale - 51 Entries
Gold: Summit Sunrise, Denver Beer Co. - Canworks, Denver

Category: 92 Imperial Red Ale - 37 Entries
Bronze: Wreak Havoc, Bootstrap Brewing, Niwot

Category: 93 American-Style Brown Ale - 81 Entries
Bronze: Upslope Brown Ale, Upslope Brewing Co. - Flatiron Park, Boulder