Twin Ports breweries nab three medals at World Beer Cup

Representatives of Bent Paddle (left) and Earth Rider (right) accepted medals at the 2022 World Beer Cup.

Bent Paddle in Duluth and Earth Rider in Superior each won gold medals at the World Beer Cup on May 5. It’s the first time more than one medal was won by the region’s breweries at the competition. Bent Paddle also took home a bronze medal.

Earth Rider’s award was in the oatmeal stout category for its North Tower Stout, an ale with malty accents of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit balanced with a restrained hop presence.

Bent Paddle’s gold medal was in the German-style altbier category for its Altbear Altbier, a German-style amber ale. The bronze award was in the international India pale ale category for Bent Hop IPA, Bent Paddle’s flagship beer.

The World Beer Cup is a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world. This year 307 medals were awarded in 103 beer categories, chosen from more than 10,000 entries from nearly 2,500 breweries in 57 countries. The event was held in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference in Minneapolis. Dave Hoops of Hoops Brewing was one of 290 judges.

The Twin Port’s previous World Beer Cup medal came in 2018 when Earth Rider won a bronze medal for its North Tower Stout. The region’s only other medal in the World Beer Cup came in 2014 when Canal Park Brewing took home a silver medal in the English-style brown ale category for its Nut Hatchet Nut Brown.

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