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Playing With the World Beer Cup Stats

Eno Sarris, April 16, 2014 -   

The World Beer Cup stats are out, and we love stats here. So let's have some good fun that is funny.

First, the winners by country, with number of entrants. We've included an extra column -- the last one on the right -- that is a weighted number -- percentage winners times actual winners. That column allows you to more properly compare a two-win 50% country with a 205-win 6% country. (It's wins*win% put on a scale where 100=average.)

2014 World Beer Cup Leading Countries by Award-Winning Rate

Country # entries Total awards Award rate Weighted
United States 3403 205 6% 958.9
Germany 249 27 11% 231.5
El Salvador 4 2 50% 78.0
Czech Republic 18 3 17% 39.8
Taiwan 2 1 50% 39.0
United Kingdom 69 5 7% 27.3
Netherlands 30 3 10% 23.4
Belgium 89 5 6% 23.4
Italy 63 4 6% 18.7
Israel 5 1 20% 15.6
Ireland 6 1 17% 13.3
Latvia 7 1 14% 10.9
Austria 32 2 6% 9.4
South Korea 13 1 8% 6.2
Sweden 16 1 6% 4.7

Okay, so Germany and America sorta dominate the beer scene right now. And don't blame the judges -- only 24% of them came from America, so it's not Americans giving Americans the reach around at an American competition. Although it's worth mentioning here that the American number still represents 70% of the beers submitted, so it's still somewhat of an American competition.

What about the stats from within America? The site provides a breakdown by state. Once again, we wanted to add something to the numbers from our database. So included for each state is the number of breweries our database recognizes.

2014 World Beer Cup Leading U.S. States by Award-Winning Rate

U.S. State Number of Entries Total Awards Won Award Winning Rate UT Breweries in State Awards per UT Brewery
Wyoming 34 5 15% 11 0.45
Utah 36 3 8% 18 0.17
Hawaii 12 2 17% 13 0.15
Delaware 22 2 9% 15 0.13
Oklahoma 15 2 13% 18 0.11
Oregon 199 18 9% 184 0.10
New Mexico 40 3 8% 32 0.09
Kansas 13 2 15% 24 0.08
Minnesota 62 6 10% 84 0.07
Georgia 50 4 8% 66 0.06
North Carolina 105 8 8% 147 0.05
Wisconsin 86 7 8% 130 0.05
Maryland 40 3 8% 71 0.04
New Jersey 25 2 8% 63 0.03

If you're wondering how more breweries could be at the WBC than are in the database, it's about the size of those breweries. You don't have to get 25 check-ins on untappd to send beer to the WBC, but you do need that much love to show up in our query. 

But: Holy crap North Carolina. This deserves attention. North Carolina is pumping em out like a field full of bunnies at a Funky Meters show with a bottle of Cabernet each. Also, California, owner of 529 breweries, more than second place (Pennsylvania) and third place (Colorado) combined, California couldn't field two winners? Those three states made up 29% of the total breweries in our query. They aren't listed. Eh, it could happen, but that seems a little strange. Maybe those breweries were busy that weekend.

Here's a fun one:

Three most-entered categories in 2014:

  • American-Style India Pale Ale, 223 entries
  • American-Style Pale Ale, 121 entries
  • Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer, 111 entries

A Goose Island brewer reminded me once that Bourbon County didn't win the first couple of times it went to international competitions -- because there was no category for the beer. Things have changed quickly since then.

This has been an edition fun with sudsy numbers.

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