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Winners revealed in World Beer Awards 2018

The World Beer Awards have concluded for this year and its judges have identified the bests beers in the nine different categories.
Over 2,300 beers from more than 50 countries entered into this year’s awards and
judges blind tasted and scored the entries across three rounds of judging.

The final round was held in London, where 100 international brewers, industry experts and journalists tasted and voted for the winners of the World’s Best Beers
Adrian Tierney-Jones, chair of the World Beer Awards says: “Once again the winners in the World Beer Awards show an exciting snapshot of some of the best beers being brewed across the globe today. Naturally I would like to congratulate these winners, but I would also like to thank the many judges who have applied themselves to their tasks with diligence and great professionalism. I’m already looking forward to next year’s awards.”
As well as taste quality, design excellence was also judged, chaired by Felicity Murray, founder of Samples were judged in five categories.

Felicity says: “It always refreshing to see so many imaginative label designs and this year was no exception. The Judges were particularly impressed by the growing number of beer brands breaking away from the category norm with creative new ideas that stand out from the crowd.”
World's Best Dark Beer
Collesi, Rossa
World's Best Flavoured Beer
Sons of Liberty, Bourbon Barrel Aged Uprising Stout

World's Best IPA
Hobgoblin, IPA

World's Best Lager
Schwarzbräu, Schweden Pils

World's Best Pale Beer
Unibroue, 25e Blonde de l'Enfer

World's Best Sour Beer
Rodenbach, Vintage

World's Best Speciality Beer
Rügener Insel-Brauerei, Quadriga
World's Best Stout & Porter
Bogota Beer, Macondo Coffee Stout
World's Best Wheat Beer
Maisel’s Weisse, Original
World's Best Beer Design
Kerel, Saison

All style winners as well as country, Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists can be found on

28 September 2018 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editor