American Craft Beer Recognized at 2021 Japan International Beer Cup

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The Japanese market for craft beer continues to flourish and consumer demand for innovative and high-quality craft beer from the United States was backed up by a successful showing at the 2021 International Beer Cup.

Hosted by the Craft Beer Association of Japan, the International Beer Cup is Japan’s largest international beer competition. Judging for the 2021 event took place September 24 and 25 at TKP Garden City in Yokohama. This year’s competition saw 943 entries from 211 breweries across eight countries.

To supplement an ongoing marketing campaign, the Brewers Association (BA) Export Development Program (EDP) sought to further support member brewery presence in Japan through entry fee coverage and coordinating a consolidated airfreight shipment to the competition. International competitions serve as a valuable tool to generate publicity for the U.S. craft beer industry and assist EDP member breweries with gaining attention and distribution in the region.

American craft brewers won 30 awards this year including nine gold, eight silver, 13 bronze medals, and several Category Champion awards.

Congratulations to all the winners.

2021 Japan International Beer Cup EDP member awards are as follows:

CompanyBeer StyleAward
Belching Beaver BreweryViva la BeaverChocolate BeerGold
Cigar City BrewingJai Alai India Pale AleAmerican-Style India Pale AleSilver
Revision Brewing CompanyRevision IPAAmerican-Style India Pale AleBronze
Sierra Nevada Brewing CoSierra Nevada Hazy Little ThingJuicy or Hazy India Pale AleBronze
Lakefront BreweryMy Turn:ALAmerican-Style StoutSilver
Jack's Abby Brewing LLCCold Brew BrigCoffee Stout or Coffee PorterGold
Two Roots Brewing CompanyNew West IPA Non-AlcoholicNon-Alcohol BeerGold
Two Roots Brewing CompanyEnough Said Helles Non-AlcoholicNon-Alcohol BeerSilver
No-Li BrewhouseThreezy Does ItSession BeerBronze
Breakside BreweryBreakside Queen of the RodeoMixed-Culture Brett BeerGold
Nebraska Brewing CompanyMelange A TroisWood- and Barrel-Aged Strong BeerBronze
Breakside BreweryBreakside Space MusicWood- and Barrel-Aged Strong StoutGold
Fremont Brewing2020 BBADS - Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal StoutWood- and Barrel-Aged Strong StoutSilver
Nebraska Brewing CompanyMOABWood- and Barrel-Aged Strong StoutBronze
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan AlesBamWood- and Barrel-Aged Sour BeerBronze
Bell's BreweryBell's Tropical Oberon AleFruit Wheat BeerBronze
Coronado Brewing CompanyOrange Ave ShandyFruit Wheat BeerSilver
East Brother Beer CompanyRed LagerVienna-Style LagerBronze
Bell's BreweryBell's Octoberfest BeerAmerican-Style Amber LagerBronze
Nebraska Brewing CompanyWick For BrainsPumpkin BeerGold
Cedar Springs Brewing CompanyKüsterer Original WeissbierGerman-Style Wheat AleBronze
Maui Brewing CoCoconut Hiwa PorterField BeerBronze
Cigar City BrewingMaduro Brown AleBrown PorterBronze
East Brother Beer CompanyOatmeal StoutOatmeal StoutGold
No-Li BrewhouseWrecking BallBritish-Style Imperial StoutSilver
The Virginia Beer CompanyElbow PatchesExport StoutSilver
Sierra Nevada Brewing CoSierra Nevada Pale AleAmerican-Style Pale AleSilver
Fremont BrewingSky KrakenJuicy or Hazy Pale AleGold
Wren House Brewing CoArizona StarJuicy or Hazy Pale AleBronze
Belching Beaver BreweryNo Worries IPAAmerican-Style Strong Pale AleGold