Four Arizona breweries took home five medals, including two golds, at the 2023 World Beer Cup Awards ceremony held on May 10 in Nashville, which is the state’s best showing at the event yet.
Dubbed the “Olympics of Beer,” The World Beer Cup is an international and prestigious competition hosted by the Brewers Association that honors global brewing excellence through the World Beer Cup Awards and Great American Beer Festival awards each year.
The four brewers representing Arizona at the event were awarded a mix of bronze, silver and gold medals and include Saddle Mountain Brewing Co., State 48 Brewery, Flying Basset Brewing and LazyG Brewhouse.
Saddle Mountain Brewing Co.
Brewer Anthony Worthy and owner Laura Hansen took home two more medals this year for their beer at Saddle Mountain Brewing Co. The Goodyear brewery gained gold for its American wheat beer Taildragger 5G and silver for its Scottish-style Ale Taildragger Clan-Destine, which is one of Saddle Mountain’s most-awarded beers.
State 48 Brewery
Originally founded in Surprise, State 48 Brewery is rising to the top of Arizona’s brewing industry with locations all over the Valley. State 48 Brewery took its first World Beer Cup award home this year, winning gold in the strong porter category for its Baltic Porter, a cold-fermented porter with hints of cocoa, coffee and chocolate.
Flying Basset Brewing
Located in Gilbert, Flying Basset Brewing earned bronze for its coffee beer, Alchemist Breakfast, which is a blonde ale made with single-origin, organic Papua New Guinea coffee beans roasted by Mesa-based Alchemy Roast and described as a “light, crushable breakfast beer” by head brewer Joshua Archuleta.
LazyG Brewhouse in historic downtown Prescott came home with another World Beer Cup award this year for its Sunshine Blonde that is brewed with Pride of Ringwood hops for a clean, crisp finish. The lively blonde won gold at the 2022 World Beer Cup Awards and this year it took home bronze in the English Ale category.