With 1,800 awards and counting, Rogue Brewmaster John Maier sets his sights on 2,000.
As the results were posted from the latest round of the World Beer Championships, we had this strange sense that something big was about to happen.
The WBC is one of the most prestigious competitions in the business. The judges are top-notch, the best in their field. They deliver their verdicts with equal parts toughness and fairness. The awards are so highly coveted they draw thousand of entries from around the world. Even if you don’t win, the reviews teach you how to do better next time.
On this day we were winning a lot of awards. But it was the three Platinum medals, the highest rating possible, that grabbed our attention. When all the results were in, Rogue Brewmaster John Maier picked up an incredible 18 WBC medals this year, pushing his lifetime medal total above the 1,800 mark.
Making this even sweeter, the 18 Rogue beers dubbed superior at the 2016 WBC included both legends and new releases. Here are our top three winners.
Old Crustacean Barleywine
A Rogue legend. The beer that earned John the American Homebrewer of the Year award in 1988.
What the judges said: “Rich, sweet, complex aromas of toasted fruit cake, sweet and peppery spices, and praline with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long grilled and caramelized grapefruit and kumquat, peppered rapini, and chocolate cherries and nuts finish.
A superbly balanced marriage of rich chewy malt and forget-me-not hop bitterness.”
8 Hop IPA
One of the new releases in our Hop Family series of IPAs. John brewed this one with all eight hop varieties grown at Rogue Farms.
What the judges said: “Bright, dank, herbal hoppy aromas and flavors of oregano focaccia, mango chutney, orange marmalade, and pine needle with a tangy, frothy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long mixed peppercorns, spice cake, and rapini finish.
A fabulously fruity and layered cornucopia of tropical hop flavors.”
Cold Brew IPA
Two of our favorite things, Oregon cold brew coffee and an Oregon IPA in the same bottle. A collision with Stumptown Roasters of Portland, Oregon.
What the judges said: “Roasted aromas and flavors of artisan roasted coffee beans, chocolate nuts, and honeyed pumpernickel with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, very long mocha creme brulee, dried fruits, and smoked peppercorn finish. A fantastic marriage of artisan coffee and beer, world-class.”
All of our winners at the 2016 World Beer Championships were brewed with Rogue Farms ingredients we planted, cultivated, picked, reaped, threshed winnowed, floor malted and roasted ourselves. It’s a testament to the Rogue Ground to Glass, Grow Your Own Revolution.
What’s next for John? He’s already experimenting with ideas for new beers and new styles. Whatever he decides to create, we know it will be world-class quality and taste unlike anything else. Before you know it, John will have racked up his 2,000th medal.
We might as well invest in our own engraving machine.
For our complete list of 2016 WBC winners, scroll down. To learn more about Rogue Ales & Spirits visit us at Rogue.com.
The 2016 WBC Rogue Ales and Spirits Award Winning Beers
Cold Brew IPA: Platinum
8 Hop IPA: Platinum
Old Crustacean Barleywine: Platinum
Chocolate Stout: Gold
Hazelnut Brown Nectar: Gold
Dead Guy Ale: Gold
Beard Beer: Gold
Chipotle Ale: Gold
4 Hop IPA: Gold
6 Hop IPA: Gold
7 Hop IPA: Gold
Fresh Roast: Gold
New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta: Gold
American Amber: Silver
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout: Silver
Mocha Porter: Bronze
Brutal IPA: Bronze