2023 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Winners Announced
-VCBG Annual Awards Ceremony-
Richmond, VA – The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) announced the 2023 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners on Monday, July 31, 2023, at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s West Creek location. This year’s competition was managed by Head Judge, Charlie Harr, and took place at Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia. A record 125 breweries competed in this year’s competition which included 35 new participants! Brewers were able to submit up to four beers to be judged in 31 different categories. A record 471 beers were entered in the competition and 550 people attended.
“I am thrilled to welcome an increase in participation in this year’s competition, a testament to a growing industry in Virginia! This year’s competition brought new breweries and veterans together across all styles for continued high-quality pours. Congratulations to the winners who entered the cup and continue pushing the craft brewery industry to new heights and making Virginia the great beer scene that it is!” said Charlie Harr, Head Judge.
The Virginia Craft Beer Cup continues to be the largest state competition of its kind in the United States. The VCBG is committed to giving its members the opportunity to compete, obtain critical feedback from certified judges, and get statewide recognition that will help build their brands. The VCBG has developed additional media, retail marketing, and tourism opportunities for Cup winners, ranging from a Cup Winner Beer Trail to digital medals for labels, and retail POS displays.
“This was another record-setting competition with 125 breweries submitting 471 beers to be judged,” said Brett Vassey, VCBG President and CEO. “Despite a tough year economically, the Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition demonstrates the resilience of Virginia’s independent craft beer industry.”