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June/July 2000 issue

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Craft Brewers Conference 2000
Wisconsin brewers lead World Beer Cup
Fire at two breweries
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CRAFT BREWERS CONFERENCE AND WORLD BEER CUP 2000


Although beer is always big news in Wisconsin, it was even bigger news in April when brewers, equipment, manufacturers, writers, judges, and others gathered in Milwaukee for the annual Craft Brewers Conference and the biennial World Beer Cup judging. The state that is now famous for its craft beers rather than its macrolagers was the perfect place for the conference, and many people hope it will be back before too many years go by.

The World Beer Cup 2000 attracted 1,150 entries from 38 countries to be judged by 65 beer judges from around the world. Wisconsin also was among the leaders in World Beer Cup winners: 10 different craft and regional breweries from Wisconsin plus three additional names in macrobrewing for a total of 13. That's more than not only any other state in the U.S., but any other country in the world. And if you count only craft and regional brewers in the U.S., only California--a state with six times the population of Wisconsin--had more winners. Beer Wisconsin, indeed! Wisconsin's winning beers illustrate the diversity of styles available here. Wisconsin brewers won an amazing two out of three of the medals in each of the following categories: American Premium Lager, Oatmeal Stout, and Belgian Tripel. Although the medals were all decided in April, the specific rankings--gold, silver, and bronze--will not be announced until the banquet in New York City in June. But read on to learn now about Wisconsin's winning breweries and their medal-winning beers.

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