The Brewers Association holds the World Beer Cup every 2 years and took place this year in San Diego on April 15 & 16. Winners, which for the first time ever included a woman, get the right to say they brew the best beer in the world.

This year, 644 breweries from 58 countries and 45 U.S. states vied for awards with 2,864 beers entered in 91 beer style categories. The top three entries in each category won gold, silver and bronze medals. Brewers from the United States won 185 of the 268 style category awards and four of the five Champion Brewery/Brewer awards.

91 beer styles!? That’s a lot of variety!

I noticed some familiar beers and breweries on the winner’s list but there where many small (US) breweries that I had never heard of. That means that there are some small local or regional breweries making some really great beer. The craft beer movement alive and well!

My only question is where do I sign up be a judge for the 2010 Cup?