Matt and I are leaving tomorrow to attend the annual Craft Brewer's Conference held each year in a different city. This year it will be Seattle, WA, one of the beer meccas of the United States.
We will be attending different seminars, expos, and events all related to craft brewing the in U.S.
In conjunction with the CBC is the World Beer Cup,
an international competition open to any brewery in the world. In the past with Todd Ashman, Flossmoor has walked away with three World Beer Cup awards. So although we don't assume we will win, we are entering 6 beers and certainly hope to have an outside chance at glory. The awards are given out on Friday night at the Gala Awards Dinner which also marks the end of the Conference.
The World Beer Cup is held every two years and put on by the Brewer's Association. Here are some numbers from 2004.
• 1,566 beer entries from 393 breweries representing 40 countries (2002: 1,173 beer entries from 379 breweries representing 38 countries)
• 93 judges from 15 countries participated
• 81 beer style categories were evaluated
• Avg. number of beers entered in each category: 19.33
• Category 66: Hefeweizen had the highest number of entries
So we are looking forward to a fun week, and a break from the normal rigors of the daily grind. Wish us luck.