The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild held the 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Awards in June at WestRock in Richmond. There were more than 240 brewers in attendance to celebrate excellence in craft beer this year. The Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition was managed by master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judge Tom Cannon and 40 judges. The competition also benefits from the continued counsel of Bill Butcher, Port City Brewing, and Bill Madden, Mad Fox Brewing.

This year 356 beers in 24 categories were entered into the competition. The judging took place in May at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton. 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 in Virginia, obtain critical feedback from certified judges and get noticed statewide.

“The Virginia Craft Beer Cup recognizes brilliant independent craft beer and the creativity of the brewers that make it all happen,” says Brett Vassey, president and CEO of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.

The 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Best of Show winners were:

Smartmouth wins 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup

First Place: Smartmouth Brewing Company, Safety Dance

Second Place: Old Ox Brewery, Black Ox

Third Place: St. George Brewing Company, Summer Ale


For a complete list of categories and winners, visit

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