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Texas Craft Brewers Cup gold, silver, and bronze medals

Inaugural Competition

TEXAS CRAFT BREWERS CUP is the first professional beer competition run and organized by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild to showcase the outstanding quality and variety of Texas craft beer and the brewers who make them. For this year’s inaugural competition, 755 Texas craft beers were judged over the last weekend in January. The 81 medal winning beers, along with two Brewery of the Year award winners, were revealed in a closing ceremony at the Texas Craft Brewers Guild’s Annual Meeting in Austin on February 12, 2022.

2022 Competition Stats

755

Beer Entries Judged

131

Competing Breweries

150+

Beer Styles

27

Medal Categories

81

Medal Winning Beers

57

Medal Winning Breweries

37

Judges

16

Awesome Volunteers

2022 Winners

Category 1: Pilsner

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
GoldLive Oak Brewing CompanyAustin
Hans’ PilsReal Ale Brewing CompanyBlanco
Patek PilsPondaseta Brewing Co.Amarillo
Presented by Community Cultures

Category 2: American & International Lager

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Altstadt LightAltstadt BreweryFredericksburg
500 PesosODD Muse BrewingFarmers Branch
Burnin’ DaylightHound Song Brewing Co.Columbus

Category 3: Golden, Blonde & Light Ales

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Buckle BunnyEureka Heights Brew COHouston
Firemans #4Real Ale Brewing CompanyBlanco
ConservezaFreetail Brewing Co.San Antonio

Category 4: Kölsch

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Kayaker’s KolschCentral District BrewingAustin
LawnmowerSaint Arnold Brewing CompanyHouston
Altstadt KolschAltstadt BreweryFredericksburg

Category 5: Session and Standard German & Czech Lagers

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Dye-It Pils Infamous Brewing CompanyAustin
Her Black WingsOddwood BrewingAustin
Double BackboneHound Song Brewing Co.Columbus

Category 6: Strong German & Czech Lagers

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
River BaptismReal Ale Brewing CompanyBlanco
Straight to CracklePinthouse BrewingAustin
DeactivatorBAKFISH Brewing CoPearland

Category 7: Classic UK Styles

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Wicket AwesomeEureka Heights Brew COHouston
AlcaldeWichita Falls Brewing CompanyWichita Falls
Prairie Fire Irish RedFitzhugh BrewingDripping Springs

Category 8: Stout & Porter

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Recalcitrant DockhandBlack Star Co-opAustin
Texas Cannon StoutTexas Cannon Brewing CompanyBlanco
Pecan Porter(512) Brewing CompanyAustin

Category 9: Session & Standard Hoppy Pale Ales and Lagers

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Urban ParakeetWhite Rock Alehouse & BreweryDallas
Law Enforcement CheetahFalse Idol BrewingNorth Richland Hills
Birra D’OroBuckstin Brewing CompanyNederland

Category 10: American IPA

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Secret BeachMeanwhile Brewing CompanyAustin
Balcones Cold IPABalcones DistillingWaco
2 Live & Die In LAFalse Idol BrewingNorth Richland Hills
-Presented by Cask Branding-

Category 11: Hazy IPA

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Leaf PeeperHold Out BrewingAustin
Spirit of EnergyFalse Idol BrewingNorth Richland Hills
Shelter in HazeBrotherwell BrewingWaco
-Presented by Saxco-

Category 12: Strong Hoppy Beer

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Technical SkillsetCelestial BeerworksDallas
100 Million Angels SingingTexas Ale ProjectDallas
Double StardustBatchAustin

Category 13: Specialty Hoppy

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Blanca Witbier IPAWalking Stick Brewing CompanyHouston
Long Walk4th Tap Brewing Co-opAustin
Bloodwork OrangeAustin BeerworksAustin

Category 14: Amber & Dark Beers

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
American Amber AleBluebonnet Beer CompanyRound Rock
Brushy Creek Brown AleRed Horn Brewing Co.Leander
Amber LagerAlamo BeerSan Antonio

Category 15: Barleywine & Strong Ale

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
ChurchwardenBrotherwell BrewingWaco
Prairie Dog PorterTwo Docs Brewing Co.Lubbock
Velvet HammerPeticolas Brewing CompanyDallas

Category 16: Belgian & Farmhouse Ales

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
TreeformRoughhouse BrewingSan Marcos
Texas SunGhost Note BrewingDripping Springs
The Divine MonkSiren Rock Brewing CompanyDallas

Category 17: Belgian Abbey Ales

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Sun Brewing TripelSun Brewing CompanyCanutillo
Chugboat IslandBuckstin Brewing CompanyNederland
The Saint of Lost CausesCentral District BrewingAustin

Category 18: Fruit & Field Beer

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Jacks Wandering SoulMaple Branch Craft BreweryFort Worth
Athena’s Elixir (Raspberry)Local Group BrewingHouston
Tangerine QueenLakewood Brewing CompanyGarland

Category 19: Chocolate & Coffee Beer

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
MuseverseODD Muse BrewingFarmers Branch
French Quarter TemptressLakewood Brewing CompanyGarland
Jolted PhoenixLazarus Brewing CompanyAustin

Category 20: American & European Sour

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Crush LandingHedgehog BrewingCedar Park
Chilton GoseTwo Docs Brewing Co.Lubbock
Tiki Hop TotemBlue Owl BrewingAustin

Category 21: Brett & Mixed Culture

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Blended FamilyPondaseta Brewing Co.Amarillo
BerriedRoughhouse BrewingSan Marcos
2021 SPON Three Year BlendJester KingAustin

Category 22: Wood & Barrel-Aged Sour & Brett Beer

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Sea of WavesTrue Anomaly BrewingHouston
Small Batch Series #1 Barrel Aged SourAlamo BeerSan Antonio
FlaaaaandersWhite Rock Alehouse & BreweryDallas

Category 23: Smoke & Chili Beer

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
La MuertaFreetail Brewing Co.San Antonio
Jalapeño SaisonOn Rotation Brewery & KitchenDallas
Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘EmPecan Street Brewing Co.Johnson City

Category 24: Barrel & Wood Aged Beer

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
MoebiusBlack Star Co-opAustin
Perpetual PeaceNo LabelKaty
Small Town StrongDenton County Brewing CompanyDenton

Category 25: Experimental, Hybrid & Specialty Beer

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Steely EyedTrue Anomaly BrewingHouston
MoonsmokeVector BrewingDallas
Lakewood Live Vol. 3Lakewood Brewing CompanyGarland

Category 26: Wheat or Rye

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Tiki WheatGalveston Island BrewingGalveston
Monkey BusinessMaple Branch Craft BreweryFort Worth
El CarlitoNo LabelKaty

Category 27: Decadent Beer

MEDALBEERBREWERCITY
Spilled – Strawberry Ice CreamUrban SouthHouston
Smoothie Tart: Strawberry Rhubarb CrumbleB52 Brewing Co.Conroe
Figment of Your ImaginationWhite Rock Alehouse & BreweryDallas

Brewery of the Year Awards

BASED ON CUMULATIVE MEDAL POINTS

0-799 bbl Group

Black Star Co-op

Austin, TX

800+ bbl Group

Real Ale Brewing Company

Blanco, TX

Learn more about Brewery of the Year Criteria

Each medal awarded in the Texas Craft Brewers Cup has an equivalent point value (1 point for Bronze, 2 points for Silver, and 3 points for Gold), which are used to determine Brewery of the Year award winners. After Texas Craft Brewers Cup registration closed, breweries were divided into two similarly competitive groups based on brewery size. For our inaugural year, breweries who reported producing up to 799 bbls were placed in one eligibility pool, and breweries who produced 800 or more bbls were placed in the other similarly sized eligibility pool. 

Brewery of the Year cups were awarded to the two breweries who each earned the most points in their respective groups.


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