2022 Japan International Beer Cup Winners Announced

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The Craft Brewers Association of Japan hosted its annual international beer competition, The International Beer Cup (IBC), in Ota City, Tokyo, Japan on October 8-10, 2022. American craft brewer participation was a success, with U.S. breweries winning 35 awards in total, including five gold, 14 silver, and 16 bronze.

This year’s competition saw 1,111 entries from 268 breweries in 16 countries including Australia, China, Colombia, Denmark, Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States of America, Vietnam, and Japan.

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Despite uncertainties around travel and in-person events in Japan, 69 judges gathered to award a gold, silver, and bronze medal in 118 beer categories.

Yusuke Yamamoto, Craft Brewers Association director, says, “The mission of the IBC is to create greater consumer awareness about the quality and diversity of the various beers of the world. Traditionally, most beers in the competition have been registered by Japanese breweries. As we’ve seen the expansion of Asian and global craft beer markets in recent years, we started to open our doors to beers and breweries outside Japan.”

The Brewers Association (BA) Export Development Program (EDP) facilitated member brewery participation in the 2022 International Beer Cup. Success at international beer competitions helps raise awareness for American craft beer abroad and assists EDP member breweries with generating publicity for their brands in overseas markets. As part of its programming, the EDP helps facilitate U.S. brewery participation and performance in select competitions by covering entry fees and consolidated airfreight shipment to judging sites.

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Congrats to all the winners! 2022 Japan International Beer Cup EDP member awards are as follows:

Brewery NameBeer NameStyleResult
Belching Beaver BreweryViva la BeaverChocolate BeerSilver
Belching Beaver BreweryNo WorriesAmerican-Style India Pale AleGold
Breakside BreweryBreakside Black & TanWood- and Barrel-Aged Dark BeerSilver
Breakside BreweryBreakside Let Your Indulgence Set Me FreeWood- and Barrel-Aged Strong StoutGold
Breakside BreweryBreakside BellwetherHerb and Spice BeerBronze
Brick West Brewing CoLucky PennyAmerican-Style Amber LagerBronze
Brick West Brewing CoRiversideKoeln-Style KoelschBronze
Cedar Springs Brewing CompanyKüsterer Original WeissbierSouth German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes WeizenSilver
Cedar Springs Brewing CompanyWest Side AleHistorical BeerBronze
Cedar Springs Brewing CompanyKüsterer Appreciator DoppelbockGerman-Style DoppelbockBronze
DESTIHL BreweryTourbusJuicy or Hazy India Pale AleGold
DESTIHL BreweryWild Sour Series:Dragonfruit Mango SourFruited American-Style Sour AleGold
Fremont BrewingSky KrakenJuicy or Hazy Pale AleSilver
Fremont BrewingBBADS Coconut CacaoWood- and Barrel-Aged Strong StoutSilver
Green Bay Brewing CompanyGrand Cru 22Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour BeerBronze
Hodad's Brewing CompanySurf PunkInternational-Style PilsenerBronze
HSC BierKraft, LLCBierKraft SchöpsBreslau-Style SchoepsSilver
Jack's Abby BrewingHouse LagerMuenchner-Style HellesSilver
Jack's Abby BrewingHoponius UnionIndia Pale LagerBronze
Knee Deep Brewing CompanySimtra Triple IPAImperial India Pale AleBronze
Migration Brewing CompanyFresh Outta PortlandFresh Hop BeerSilver
Migration Brewing CompanyMoHazeIc IPAJuicy or Hazy Pale AleGold
Migration Brewing CompanyPatio PaleAmerican-Style Pale AleBronze
No-Li BrewhouseWrecking BallBritish-Style Imperial StoutBronze
No-Li BrewhouseCascade FogJuicy or Hazy India Pale AleBronze
Reuben's BrewsCrikey IPAAmerican-Style Strong Pale AleSilver
River North BrewerySunburnDark American Wheat Beer without YeastSilver
River North BreweryTwilight HikeCoffee BeerSilver
River North BreweryBucket of BoltsStrong AleBronze
River North BreweryAdrift on the BalticBaltic-Style PorterBronze
River North BreweryHello DarknessAmerican-Style Imperial PorterBronze
River North BreweryMidnight HikeChocolate BeerBronze
StillFire BrewingDark Moo'd Imperial Milk StoutBritish-Style Imperial StoutSilver
The Virginia Beer CompanyOktoberfestGerman-Style MaerzenSilver
The Virginia Beer CompanyElbow PatchesExport StoutSilver