Ellie, Matt, and Heather McClung. Winning!

Washington Breweries Bring Home Medals from International Beer Cup

The winners of the 2014 International Beer Cup were announced on Saturday. Two Washington breweries brought home hardware: Scuttlebutt Brewing and Schooner Exact Brewing.

The International Beer Cup, held each year in Yokohama, Japan, attracts more than 600 beers from 25 countries. The beers are judged by a panel of more than 60 judges from 20 countries. Medals are awarded in 105  style categories.

Ellie, Matt, and Heather McClung. Winning!
Ellie, Matt, and Heather McClung. Winning!

Schooner Exact 3 Grid IPA won a silver medal in the American-Style India Pale Ale category. King Street Brown also won a medal, bringing home the bronze in the American-Style Brown Ale category.

Scuttlebutt Brewing’s Hoptopia Imperial IPA won the silver medal in the English Style IPA category.

Click Here to see the complete list of winners.

Here is a press release from Scuttlebutt Brewing about the event and the victory:

Scuttlebutt Takes Silver in Japan!

Everett, WA 9/15/2014. Scuttlebutt Brewing Company is proud to announce that its Hoptopia Imperial IPA was awarded the Silver Medal, in the English Style IPA category, at the International Beer Cup held in Yokohama, Japan.

scuttlebutt_hoptopiaJudging of 600 commercial beers in 105 style categories was conducted by 60 judges from 20 different countries on September 10th and 11th. The winners were announced on September 13th at the Great Japan Beer Festival, advertised as the largest Beer Festival in Asia.

The International Beer Cup was created in 1996 the Japanese Craft Beer Association, a nonprofit organization formed in 1994 after deregulation of the Japanese beer market. The stated purpose is to promote and develop appreciation of the new generation of craft beers, from Japan and world wide. This years attendance exceeded 20,000 people.

Scuttlebutt’s Hoptopia is constructed as an English Style IPA primarily using North American ingredients. Full bodied with a silky smooth mouth feel, pine and biscuit in the nose and a persistent earthy green bitterness throughout the whole experience. Hoptopia is 8% abv and 75 IBUs. It’s available year round in 12 and 22 oz bottles and on draft.

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company was started in 1996 by Phil and “Scuttle” Bannan. With roots firmly planted in Everett, Scuttlebutt’s products are now available in 21 states along with limited distribution in Canada and Japan.


  1. If you are a member (or interested in becoming one) of Seattle Good Business Network, Schooner Exact is hosting their Sept. 17th 4-7 happy hour meetup. And is giving attendees the first beer free, so guess which one to ask for?

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