Calmar’s PIVO earns gold medal at 2023 World Beer Cup

By Roz Weis,

Four Iowa craft breweries, including PIVO Brewery in Calmar, were awarded five category medals at the 2023 World Beer Cup® competition, presented by the Brewers Association®.

The best beers in categories covering 103 different styles were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals at a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, May 10, during the Craft Brewers Conference. Iowa breweries brought home four gold and one silver medal.

The 2023 World Beer Cup included 10,213 entries from 2,376 breweries representing 51 countries. The following Iowa craft breweries received industry-wide medal recognition during this year’s event:

  • Backpocket Brewing, Coralville: Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Beer Category, Gold Medal
  • Confluence Brewing Company, Des Moines: ChewBOCKa, German-Style Bock or Maibock Category, Gold Medal
  • Confluence Brewing Company, Des Moines: Old Chungus, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer Category, Gold Medal
  • PIVO Brewery, Calmar: Decorah Nordic Gruit, Historical Beer, Gold Medal
  • Lionbridge Brewing, Cedar Rapids: Old 17 Irish Stout, Classic Irish Style Dry Stout Category, Silver Medal

According to a PIVO Brewery spokesperson, the Decorah Nordic Gruit is a very unique style of beer brewed with zero hops.

“The beer is bittered and flavored with juniper berries, rosemary, bay leaves, black walnuts and caraway. It’s a clean and easy drinking beer with a pleasant herbal taste. It has been a staple in Calmar at PIVO’s taproom since they opened in 2017.”

The Brewers Association developed the World Beer Cup Competition in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing. Often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions,” the World Beer Cup is the most prestigious beer competition in the world.

“The success of these four Iowa breweries on the world stage shows the quality of brewing happening all across the state,” said Iowa Brewers Guild Executive Director, Noreen Otto. “Our whole Iowa brewing community is celebrating.”

The Iowa Brewers Guild exists to unify craft brewing professionals, promote Iowa beer, and advocate for the industry’s growth.  More than 100 members are located in communities across Iowa. For additional information on the Iowa Brewers Guild, including a members list, visit  For more information on the WBC competition, including a complete 2023 winners list, visit

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