Referred to often as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions,” The World Beer Cup has announced its 2022 winners. The competition, developed in the mid-1990s by The Brewers Association, was created as a means to celebrate the delicate craft of beer brewing.

The Cup recognizes above-and-beyond brewing in 103 categories, awarding the top three entries in each with gold, silver, and bronze distinctions. Categories include, but are not limited to: Sour Ales, a variety of India Pale Ale styles, German-Style Hefeweizen, and American Wheat Beer. The judging panel consists of a collection of those involved in the brewing industry, including highly-regarded industry suppliers, writers, consultants, and brewers.

Competition manager Chris Swersey argues that, “On a professional level, beer evaluation is a form of peer review. The results are public, so consumers can learn what beers meet a high level of quality and what beers exemplify certain styles as interpreted by the judges.”

It’s worth mentioning that for Witbier, a popular Belgian beer style, the gold and silver medals went unawarded. Instead, only Allagash White was offered a medal — but in the bronze position.

Here are the beers that stepped onto the podium in some of the category’s most popular styles:

India Pale Ales

American-Style India Pale Ale

Experimental India Pale Ale

Imperial India Pale Ale

International India Pale Ale

Session India Pale Ale

Juicy or Hazy

Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale

Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale

Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale

Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale


American-Style Sour Ale

Belgian-Style Sour Ale

Fruited American-Style Sour Ale

German-Style Sour Ale

Check out the full list of winners to see where your favorite beers stacked up.