Ursa Minor takes gold at 2023 World Beer Cup

Ursa Minor Brewing in Duluth won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup on May 10. It’s the sixth medal for Duluth-area breweries at the annual competition.

Ursa Minor’s win was in the Irish-style red ale category for its beer Equanimity.

Established in 1996, the World Beer Cup is a global competition that evaluates beers from around the world. The Brewers Association — the nonprofit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers — organizes the event, this year held in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

At this year’s competition 307 medals were awarded in 103 beer categories chosen from 10,213 entries from 2,376 breweries representing 51 countries. Dave Hoops of Hoops Brewing in Duluth was one of 272 judges.

Twin Ports breweries brought home three medals in 2022. Earth Rider Brewery won in the oatmeal stout category for its North Tower Stout, and Bent Paddle Brewing earned two medals — a gold in the German-style altbier category for its Altbear Altbier and a bronze in the international India pale ale category for its flagship Bent Hop IPA.

Other Duluth-area World Beer Cup medals came in 2018 when Earth Rider won a bronze medal for its North Tower Stout, and 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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