World Beer Cup

Floor Speech

Date: May 15, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. MILLER-MEEKS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Backpocket Brewing Company from Coralville, Iowa, for winning first place for their Pumpkin Ale at the 2023 World Beer Cup, drowning out their competition.

They have set the bar for excellent brews worldwide. They already had a gold coin, and now they have a gold medal.

When I first put together my draft remarks, I knew any praise I heaped on Backpocket would pale in comparison to their actual accomplishments. So I will let their beer speak for itself and say simply: congratulations.

I would also encourage all the breweries who won silver or amber: Don't be sour. You were stout competitors. However, one thing is clear. We may not have much of a timber industry in Iowa, but we do have great lagers. I encourage all my colleagues to hop on the bandwagon and try Iowa beer.