2022 VCBG Cup Awards Press Release August 9, 2022

2022 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Winners Announced

– VCBG Annual Awards Ceremony –

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) announced the 2022 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners on Monday, August 8, 2022, 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 106 breweries competed in this year’s competition which included 14 new participants! Brewers were able to submit up to four beers to be judged in 33 different categories. A record 396 beers were entered in the competition.

“Wow, what a great competition!” said Charlie Harr, Head Judge, “It was clearly evident in the tight race that every brewery is extremely dedicated to the craft and their dedication is inspiring. This year’s competition proves Virginia has some of the best craft brewers in the nation.”

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. “It’s fitting that on the 10th anniversary of SB604, the Virginia Craft Beer Cup has the most competitors in its history. The VCBG is initiating new marketing programs to drive thirsty consumers to tasting rooms to help grow independent craft beer,” said Brett Vassey, VCBG President and CEO.

The 2022 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners are as follows:


First Place – Cooling Pond Brewery, Boswell’s Tavern Very Special Bitter

Second Place – Dancing Kilt Brewery, Bitter Duergar Ale

Third Place – Caiseal Beer and Spirits Co., Red Ale

Other category winners can be found: https://www.virginiacraftbrewers.org/vcbg-cup-awards-press-release/

Award winners will be featuring their beers in their tasting rooms and through their wholesale and retail partners. The VCBG encourages craft beer enthusiasts to visit these breweries and try these great brews. To plan your taproom trip, visit our Virginia Brewery Map or go to the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s craft beer site. The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (Guild) is an association of independent, small and traditional breweries dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth. The Guild is the state affiliate of the Brewers Association. For information on the Beer Judge Certification Program, go to bjcp.org. For more information on the Guild, go to vacraftbeer.com and www.virginiacraftbrewers.org/