Columbus’ own ZwanzigZ wins big at 2022 World Beer Cup

COLUMBUS, Ind. — ZwanzigZ in Columbus has won a gold medal at the 2022 World Beer Cup competition for its Fulcrum Imperial Stout in the imperial stout category.

Second place, a silver, in the category went to Black Citrus from ZhangMen Brewing Co. in New Taipai City, Taiwan and third, bronze, went to Imperial Death Star, San Fernando Brewing Co., San Fernando, Calif.

The competition winners were announced by the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers. Awards were presented Thursday night at the conclusion of the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Returning after cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic, the 2022 World Beer Cup was the largest competition to date, with 10,542 entries from 2,493 breweries representing 57 countries.

Entries were evaluated by an elite panel of 226 judges from 28 countries. Competition judging took place in 18 sessions over nine days. Judges bestowed 307 out of 309 total possible awards, reflecting the opportunity for  one gold, silver, and bronze award in each of 103 beer style categories. No gold or silver was awarded in Category 68: Belgian-Style Witbier.

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