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These are the 11 Texas beers that took home medals at World Beer Cup

Arianna Auber
Pinthouse Pizza tends to have multiple IPAs on tap at one time. Their love of hoppy ales has paid off at World Beer Cup, where the brewers took home three medals.

At this year’s World Beer Cup, one Texas brewery in particular dominated the awards, demonstrating that the East and West Coasts aren’t the only places making medal-worthy India Pale Ales (IPAs). 

Texas breweries took home 11 medals total — the highest amount ever for the state at the competition started by the Brewers Association 22 years ago — and three of them went to Austin’s own Pinthouse Pizza.

All of Pinthouse’s medals (a gold, silver and bronze) were nods to the brewpub’s focus on and skill with hop-forward beers like IPAs, which made the wins particularly gratifying for Joe Mohrfeld and his staff. Mohrfeld oversees the brewing programs at Pinthouse’s two locations and has been a positive force at the brewpub since it opened in late 2012.

“We have always been very proud of our approach to our hop-forward beers, and although winning medals is not something we set out to do day, in day out when we develop and brew them, it sure is exciting to win and be recognized for these beers when you do!" he said.

He said he was proud of the brewing team, which includes Trevor Kelly as the head brewer of the Burnet Road operation and Jacob Passey as the head brewer of the South Lamar pub. Each location tends to make their own versions of IPAs and has a steady stream of new beers nearly every week.

Among the medal wins was a bronze in what tends to be the most popular category at beer competitions — the American-style India Pale Ale. Pinthouse Pizza’s South Lamar location successfully faced off against 376 other entries with the Bailing Room IPA.

This year’s World Beer Cup was an impressive showing for Texas overall, as it marked the first time the state’s brewers took home medals in the double digits. The wins come on the heels of Texas’ equally dominating presence at the Great American Beer Festival last fall, when the ABGB was named the Large Brewpub of the Year for the second year running.

(The main difference between the two competitions is that World Beer Cup features breweries from around the globe — 807 this year — and GABF is strictly for U.S. beer producers.)

Here were all of Texas’ wins at the 2018 World Beer Cup.

  • Altstadt Brewery’s Alstadt Alt (Fredericksburg): bronze in German-style altbier
  • Armadillo Ale Works’ Honey Please (Denton): gold in Honey Beer category
  • Big Bend Brewing’s National Parks Hefeweizen (Alpine): gold in South German-Style Hefeweizen
  • Pinthouse Pizza’s Green Battles (Austin): gold in American-Style Strong Pale Ale 
  • Pinthouse Pizza’s This Year’s Crop Wet Hop (Austin): silver in Fresh or Wet Hop Ale
  • Pinthouse Pizza’s Bailing Room IPA (Austin): bronze in American-style India Pale Ale
  • Revolver Brewing’s Anodyne Wheat Wine (Granbury): gold in Other Strong Beer
  • Saint Arnold Brewing’s Weedwacker (Houston): gold in German-style wheat ale
  • Save the World Brewing’s Lux Mundi (Marble Falls): bronze in Other Belgian-style Ale
  • Twin Peaks Brewing’s Double Barrel Knotty (Irving): silver in Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
  • Wild Acre Brewing’s Thunder Hug (Fort Worth): gold in Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout

Want to try some of these award winners? Mohrfeld said the Bailing Room IPA at the South Lamar location and the Green Battles IPA at the Burnet Road facility “have become more consistent in our rotation since we developed them last fall, and we will be keeping them on as much as possible in the future.”

Both will be brewed the week of May 14, he said, and will be released in early June at each pub. But Austinites won’t see This Year’s Crop Wet Hop until the fall, when freshly harvested hops are available.