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Reuben’s Brews Earns Two 2020 GABF Medals & Remains Most Awarded Brewery in Washington State

Brewpublic - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 8:35pm
During its eight amazing years in business, Reuben’s Brews has been awarded quite a few brewing awards. This past weekend at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival (GABF), Reuben’s was awarded a Silver and Bronze Medal. This brings its medal count from beer awards to a staggering count of 275 medals, the most of any […]
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Brewers Association Receives Susan Harwood Grant From U.S. Department of Labor

Brewpublic - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 6:56pm
Boulder, Colo. • October 21, 2020 — The Brewers Association (BA)—the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers—was awarded a Susan Harwood training program grant through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Through this grant, the Brewers Association will develop safety training for proper cleaning of draught beer […]
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Stoup Brewing celebrates anniversary and introduces new packaging designs

Washington Beer News - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 1:53pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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First of all, happy anniversary to Stoup Brewing. It was seven years ago almost to the day that Stoup Brewing opened to the public, welcoming guests to the taproom for the first time. Lara Zahaba, one of the owners, recalls that it was a simple but exciting time. “Nosh Fish and Chips (food truck) was outside and we had the main taproom only. It was pretty exciting. Of course, we can’t host a big celebration this year but we didn’t want to let the day slip by without mention either.”

Over the past seven years, things have changed a lot in the Ballard Brewery District, which is now home to more breweries than you can count on your fingers, and Stoup Brewing exemplifies those changes perfectly. It was a comparatively modest affair in 2013 and has since seen the addition of the beer garden, the separate upstairs taproom, and the expanded production space in the adjacent building. One thing that remains unchanged, the beer has always been excellent.

Brad, Lara, and Robyn: Stoup Brewing partners. Circa 2013. Stoup Brewing Introduces New Cans

Not long ago, Stoup Brewing began canning its beers. It was something of a lurch into the world of packaged beer, necessitated by the pandemic. The most important thing was to get cans of beer to the market and they fashioned the branding as best they could. Perhaps you’re familiar with their “Hello My Name Is…” label design, which included the timely tag line “Desperate Times Do Call for Emergency Beer.” That in-house design was always intended as a temporary, immediate solution, but still had a kitschy character that seemed clever and intentional.

Now the company is rolling out the kind of branding it always imagined on its cans.

“While canning was always in the 2020 plans, Stoup Brewing wasn’t quite ready to launch when the March shutdown due to COVID-19 spun the brewery into emergency mode,” said Lara. “But with draft sales essentially turned off, packaging beer immediately became critical to survival, we had to scramble. We are excited and ready to share these new cans because they look and feel like Stoup and are sure to resonate with anyone that has spent time in our taproom.”

Stoup fans will recognize that the design incorporates the taproom’s beer-themed mosaic wall.

It should come as no surprise that the first beer to be released in the new package design will be Stoup’s flagship Citra IPA. Look for Citra to be closely followed by Pistol Fingers IPA and then Mosaic Pale Ale and German Pilsner.

“All three owners express their gratitude to Sean Sfigaloa of KRFTWRK for the beautiful label design and to Seattle beer lovers for all of the support through these crazy times. We are excited to keep making beer you like to drink and delivering it in pretty cans!”

To stay up on all the latest release information by following @stoupbrewing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Cider Summit Seattle 2020 Fall Festival To-Go Kits

Brewpublic - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 6:41am
Another in home virtual cider tasting returns as Cider Summit Seattle is now offering its 2020 Fall Festival To-Go Kits for pickup and home delivery. The tasting kits will be the ultimate companion to the Virtual Tasting that will be held on Saturday, November 21st. For the fall season’s tasting, Cider Summit Seattle is offering […]
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Hopworks Urban Brewery Releases 2020 Abominable Winter Ale

Brewpublic - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 6:24am
Abominable Winter Ale has returned for the cooler months ahead. To help build some excitement for this annual winter seasonal, Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) has partnered with Next Adventure and its Winter Kingdom to run a sweepstakes from now through October 31. HUB creates Abominable Winter Ale with a blend of 2-Row, C40, C60, Black […]
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33 Books Flight Decks – Next-Level Tasting Mats

Brewpublic - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 4:07pm
A new way to take your tasting experience to the next level has arrived with the new Flight Decks from 33 Books. These new tasting mats come from the creative mind of 33 Books founder, Dave Selden. What began a decade ago as 33 Beers, a journal to document a tasting journey in beer, has […]
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Oakshire Brewing Releases Ill-Tempered Gnome

Brewpublic - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:48pm
October 20, 2020: EUGENE, OR –  The American Brown Ale that has been an Oakshire winter-staple since 2008, hits shelves this month. In an updated format for 2020, the Ill-Tempered Gnome will be found in 16oz. 4-packs across the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. Always the harbinger of the darker months, Ill-Tempered Gnome remains a popular cooler-weather […]
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Evaluating Washington’s GABF results and getting you into some beer

Washington Beer News - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 11:11am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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See our previous post for a wrap-up of how Washington did at this year’s GABF.

Before I get into highlights and such, and before I share some historical perspective, let’s get you into some beer. Here’s what I’ve learned about the current availability of this year’s Washington-brewed GABF winning beers. (Pictured above: Phil Pesheck, head brewer and Alpha King at Burke-Gilman Brewing. Photo from Facebook.)

  • Bale Breaker Brewing – Hazy L IPA. Lucky for you, it’s one of their year-round beers. Get it in six-packs of 12-oz cans at your favorite beer retailer. Or box their ears and ask why they don’t have it.
  • Bron yr Aur Brewing – Thriller Pillar Porter. I assume it’s available at the brewery because it’s basically their house porter and I think it’s been on tap every time I’ve ever been there.
  • Burke-Gilman Brewing – Fresh Hopotheosis was still on tap at the brewery as of Oct. 18th. It didn’t win a medal, but it did win the Alpha King Challenge, which is a really big deal. The medal-winning beer, The Hopsplainer Hazy Imperial IPA, is all gone, but they’ll probably make it again.
  • Chuckanut Brewery – The Rye Lager is available in bottles at both locations. The Rye Lager is currently on tap at the South Nut location in Burlington.  You may find it at bottleshops.
  • Chuckanut Brewery – Maibock. Available in bottles at both locations and you may find it at bottleshops.
  • Chuckanut Brewery – Chuck Light. Currently on tap and also available in bottles at both locations. You may find it at bottleshops.
  • Cloudburst Brewing – Not A Scientist Hazy Imperial IPA is long gone. They’ve usually got something of this style and their beer is always great.
  • Good Society Brewery – First To Fall, Grisette. Won in the Belgian-Style/French-Style Ale category. It’s long gone, but keep an eye on social media; they may make it again.
  • Grains of Wrath Brewing – Built For Speed won in the American-Style Strong Pale Ale category. On tap at the brewery according to Untappd check-ins. It is out there in cans, too. Check with the brewery about distribution.
  • Kulshan Brewing – Helles. It’s part of the regular lineup. It’s out there in bottles and cans at better beer retailers.
  • Lowercase Brewing – As of this moment, their medal-winning English-Style Brown Ale is on tap at the brewery’s taproom in Seattle.
  • Perry Street Brewing – One of the most-coveted beer awards in America, they won a gold for their American-Style IPA. Impressive! Currently it’s not on tap at the brewery, probably because of fresh hop season taking up tank space recently. They are pouring a fresh hop version, from what I hear. It will be back.
  • Reubens Brews – Two medal-winning beers, both on tap at the brewery’s taproom in Ballard. the Crush Series won silver in the Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale category. The Fresh Hop Hazealicious won bronze in the Fresh Hop Beer category.⠀
  • Twin Sisters Brewing – They won a gold medal for their American-Style Fruit Beer: Strawberry Zwickelbier. Sadly, they are currently out. Happily, they’ll make more. Keep an eye on their social media channels.
  • Wander Brewing – Gold medal in Light Lager category for Wander Litely. It is currently available on tap and in six-packs at the brewery. Look for it or ask for it at fine beer retailers.
2020 – Slightly Different GABF

First up, it’s 2020 and we all know what that means. Things ain’t normal this year. This year’s award ceremony did not take place in a crowded convention center, with high-fiving brewers walking on stage to receive their awards. The event did not involve a huge, 20k-attendee festival this year.

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Still, the beer judges at the Great American Beer Festival tasted 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. The socially distanced judging took place in 35 sessions over 18 days with strict safety measures in place. Medals were awarded in 91 beer categories covering 170 different beer styles (including all subcategories).

What Does Winning at GABF Mean?

The GABF is not the end-all, be-all measure of how “good” the beer scene is in any state. Still, there’s no denying that a GABF medal is a highly coveted award. No bad beers walk away with medals. Far from it.

As with any year, there are things we know about the Great American Beer Festival and then there are things we do not know. We know which breweries won medals, but we do not know which breweries submitted beer for judging. We know which states brought home the most hardware, but we do not know how many breweries in each state submitted beer.

No doubt, “Which state won the most medals?” is a question that begs a lot of other questions. Here are some things to consider.

Colorado, where the competition is held, enjoys a home-field advantage. In addition to the entrance fee, breweries must legally, safely, and effectively transport the beer to Denver. That’s a lot easier and cheaper to do if you are already in Colorado. No denying it, Colorado has a lot of great breweries, but the GABF is held on their home turf and it would be silly to ignore that advantage.

California is always at the top of the leaderboard, year after year. That state has the most breweries by a large margin so, presumably, they have the most entrants. There are now over 900 breweries in California. Compare that to Washington, which at last count ranked number two in the nation with about 430 breweries.

There are all sorts of factors that go into it, but one thing remains clear. In general, the states that are renowned for having great beer and brewing cultures tend to bring home a lot of medals from the GABF every year. California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and North Carolina all performed well, as most well-informed beer geeks might imagine.

Virginia was the surprise this year, winning as many medals as Washington. Cheers to the breweries in the Old Dominion for a job well done!

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Eight states won 10 or more medals

  • California, 63 medals
  • Colorado, 26 medals total
  • Oregon, 22 medals
  • Washington, 16 medals
  • Virginia, 16 medals
  • North Carolina, 11 medals
  • Texas, 10 medals
  • Indiana, 10 medals
Washington’s GABF Medal Count Over Time

In 2003 and in 2018, Washington’s brewers brought home 17 medals, the most they’ve ever won in a single year. Looking at the data, there’s no clear explanation as to why those two years stand out.

In 2000, Washington earned just four medals. Oddly, in 2013, a year of unprecedented beer industry growth in Washington, only four medals came back from Denver.

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Below I provide a graph of the number of medals Washington breweries have won over the past 20 years. Further below, I share a graph showing the number of breweries in both Washington and the USA over the same time period. I originally thought that comparing the two graphs side by side might reveal something interesting. It didn’t.

Actually, looking at the data doesn’t reveal a whole lot, except that the brewing industry has grown in Washington at nearly the same breakneck pace as it has across the nation. How does that relate to the number of medals Washington brewers bring home from the GABF? There are too many unanswered questions, as I mentioned before.

It’s tough to calculate the exact number of breweries in Washington at any given moment and therefore tough to know how many breweries there were at any moment in history. It’s a long story, but it’s not as clear cut as you might think. You really do not want me to explain. It is horribly boring. All that said, for the past 12 years I’ve used my own wits and my own research to calculate how many breweries there are in Washington.

For the national numbers, things are a bit different. The Brewers Association keeps track of those numbers, and that is where I got that info.

Whatever the data does or does not reveal, one thing is clear: winning a GABF medal is a serious accomplishment and anyone who does so should be very proud. It ain’t easy to do.

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Triceratops Brewing Releases Mrs. Voorhees – Imperial Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Brewpublic - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 6:26am
Triceratops Brewing from Tumwater, Washington announces the return of Mrs. Voorhees, an Imperial Peanut Butter Milk Stout. Named after the murderous mother in the iconic Friday the 13th film series, Mrs. Voorhees has been part of the brewery’s seasonal lineup for several years now, gradually winning over beer drinkers who take pleasure in a little […]
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Ecliptic + Russian River Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Golden Ale Virtual Release Party

Brewpublic - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 9:57pm
Another Cosmic Collaboration beer release is set from Ecliptic Brewing, just in time as the Portland brewery celebrates its 7th Anniversary. As Ecliptic Brewing continues with its 10 days of cosmic fun, it’ll release Cosmic Collaboration: Ecliptic + Russian River Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Golden Ale on Thursday, October 22nd. After a successful first launch […]
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Northwest Cider Association Launches Northwest Cider Club

Brewpublic - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 9:12pm
A new cider club is set to launch in December from the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) The non-profit trade organization representing nearly 100 cideries in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia is launching the Northwest Cider Club. The first release of the Northwest Cider Club will be the Discover Oregon Box. This limited-release of 6 unique, […]
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33rd Annual PNA Winter Beer Taste – Seattle’s oldest beer fest continues

Washington Beer News - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 9:18am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Pandemic be damned! Seattle’s oldest beer festival will not be so easily deterred. The PNA Winter Beer Taste is adapting to these strange times to offer beer lovers a different kind of festival experience this year, one that does not involve a crowded room full of people.

For the 33rd Annual PNA Winter Beer Taste, the Phinney Neighborhood Association is taking the festival online, presenting three different sessions, each with its own lineup of beers. The sessions are spread across three Thursday evenings: November 12, November 19, and December 3.

“Sadly, we’ll miss the warm, crowded Phinney Center with the lovely aroma of delicious ales filling the rooms,” says the event website. “However, that won’t stop us from enjoying those brews and “meeting” our favorite brewers! In this time of COVID, we’ll be hosting three evenings of Zoom beer tasting with three breweries on each night. So snuggle up on the couch with a blanket, enjoy your elbow room and personal space, and celebrate 33 years of local beer with us with no need to Uber!”

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The Events:

Tickets to each event include six full-sized locally microbrewed beers — two from each brewery, and access to a live Zoom tasting led by the breweries.
$25 PNA Member per event
$30 Non-Member per event

As usual, proceeds from Beer Taste support PNA’s programs and services for seniors, kids, and the entire community. Learn how we are supporting the community during COVID-19. 

The Line-Up:

Thursday,  Nov. 12, 7:00 – 8:15 pm

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Thursday,  Nov. 19, 7:00 – 8:15 pm 

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Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:00 – 8:15 pm

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Oregon Breweries Earn 22 Medals at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival

Brewpublic - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 12:30am
This past Friday evening the 2020 Great American Beer Festival hosted its Awards Ceremony in a totally different format. With the in-person portion of the Great American Beer Festival canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards ceremony went virtual via a web broadcast from The Brewing Network. The Brewers Association (BA) awarded […]
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pFriem Family Brewers & Habitat for Humanity Presents Cheers to Affordable Housing

Brewpublic - Sun, 10/18/2020 - 11:45pm
pFriem Family Brewers and the North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity chapter come together for Cheers to Affordable Housing. This virtual craft beer tasting event will take place on Thursday, October 22nd and will be hosted by the gregarious Gavin Lord, pFriem Family Brewers Head Brewer. Cheers to Affordable Housing, a virtual craft beer tasting […]
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Wayfinder Beer Fall Beer Releases – Funeral Bock, Terrifica, Hell, Time Spiral, and Double Fink

Brewpublic - Sun, 10/18/2020 - 10:20pm
Wayfinder Beer has five can beer releases for the fall season. Out now in cans is Funeral Bock, Terrifica, and Hell while Time Spiral and Double Fink will be released on November 9th. Below are descriptions on each of the beer releases as provided by Wayfinder Beer. FUNERAL BOCK – Double Decocted Black Bock (Now […]
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Seattle’s Burke-Gilman Brewing earns top honors as America’s Alpha King

Washington Beer News - Sat, 10/17/2020 - 1:18pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Huge congrats to 2020 Alpha King champion, Burke-Gilman Brewing of Seattle. It’s not really part of the Great American Beer Festival, but it happens at the same time and the winner is usually announced at the GABF.  (Read our previous post about this year’s GABF winners.) This year the Alpha King winner was Burke-Gilman Brewing of Seattle. The Alpha King Challenge is a competition sponsored by Yakima Chief Hops and Three Floyds Brewing to determine the most well-balanced and drinkable hop-forward beer in America. It is a highly, highly coveted award.

In the 22-year history of the award, this is only the second time a Washington brewery has earned the title Alpha King. In 2006, Boundary Bay Brewery won for its Imperial IPA. Among the other winners of this contest over the years, the likes of Pliny the Elder (Russian River Brewing), Two Hearted Ale (Bell’s Brewing), and 2×4 IPA (Melvin Brewing/Thai Me Up).

Burke-Gilman Brewing also won a GABF gold medal this year. The beer that won the Alpha King award was not the same beer for which the brewery won the GABF gold medal. The Alpha King winner was Hopotheosis, a 7.1 percent ABV New England IPA. The beer that won the GABF gold medal was The Hopsplainer, a hazy Imperial IPA. To be clear, they won two of the most esteemed “hoppy beer awards” for two different beers. Impressive.

Fresh Hopotheosis — a juicy fresh hop DIPA with Citra, Mosaic, Idaho 7, Strata, and Galaxy hops.

2019 – Double Cone Imperial IPA, Alvarodo Street Brewing
Monterrey, California

2018  Fully Adrift Double IPA, Pinthouse Pizza
Austin, Texas

2017 Thizz is What It Is Belching Beaver,
Vista, California

2016 Headwall Double IPA Tamarack Brewing Co.
Lakeside, Montana

2015 Alpha Force Double Tap Tactical IPA Überbrew
Billings, Montana

2014 Pound Town Triple IPA Belching Beaver,
Vista, California

2013 2 x 4 Thai Me Up,
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2012 2 x 4 Thai Me Up,
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2011 Poor Man Double IPA Pizza Port,
Carlsbad, California

2010 Poor Man Double IPA Pizza Port,
Carlsbad, California

2009
Hop Vivant Imperial IPA
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery,
Boulder, Colorado

2008
Hop 15 Double IPA
Port Brewing Company,
San Marcos, California

2007
Pliny the Elder Double IPA
Russian River Brewing Company,
Santa Rosa, California

2006
Boundary Bay Imperial IPA
Boundary Bay Brewing,
Bellingham, Washington

2005
Torrey Pines IPA
Oggi’s Pizza and Brewery,
Vista, California

2004
Hop 15 Double IPA
Pizza Port,
Solana Beach, California

2003
Deuce Imperial IPA
El Toro Brewing,
Morgan Hill, California

2002
Moylander Double IPA
Moylan’s Brewing,
Novato, California

2001
Moylander Double IPA
Moylan’s Brewing,
Novato, California

2000
Sockeye Red IPA
Midnight Sun Brewing ,
Anchorage, Alaska

1999
Two Hearted Ale
Bell’s Brewing ,
Galesburg, Michigan

 

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Washington breweries win big at the 2020 GABF

Washington Beer News - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 6:21pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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I am assuming anyone who reads this blog knows what a big deal the GABF is, so I won’t bother explaining that it is the most important beer judging competition on earth. I guess I just did.

Below, I share the list of Washington breweries that won medals at this year’s Great American Beer Festival. First, a few highlights.

Good Society Brewery & Public House in West Seattle opened (or tried to open) right as the pandemic became a reality. By the time they actually could open, the West Seattle Bridge was closed, because… 2020. It has been an ordeal by fire that paid off in spades. They won a gold medal and were also named Small Brewpub of the Year. HOLY CATS! I cannot tell you how happy I am for them!

Up in Bellingham, Washington, Chuckanut Brewery sets the standard pretty darn high when it comes to brewing lagers. It’s rubbed off on some of the other breweries in town. Wander Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, Twin Sisters Brewing, and Chuckanut Brewery all won medals this year. Most of them for lager-style beers. Of the 16 medals that WA brewers won this year, six of them went to B-ham breweries!

IPA Gold! Perhaps the most coveted beer award in the entire nation is the GABF Gold Medal for American IPA. This year’s winner was Perry Street Brewing in Spokane. Remember when Georgetown won this medal for Bodhizafa IPA? It is a HUGE DEAL!

Juicy or Hazy Imperial IPA is apparently a Seattle thing. Two of the three medals in that category were awarded to Seattle breweries: Burke-Gilman Brewing and Cloudburst Brewing.

Alpha King, Burke-Gilman Brewing – It’s not really part of the GABF, but it happens at the same time and the winner is usually announced at the GABF. This year the Alpha King winner was Burke-Gilman Brewing of Seattle. The Alpha King Challenge is a competition sponsored by Yakima Chief Hops and Three Floyds Brewing to determine the most well-balanced and drinkable hop forward beer in America. It is a highly, highly coveted award.

The beer that won the Alpha King award for Burke-Gilman Brewing was not the same beer for which the brewery won the GABF gold medal. The Alpha King winner was Hopotheosis, a 7.1 percent ABV New England IPA. The beer that won the GABF gold medal was The Hopsplainer, a hazy Imperial IPA. To be clear, they won two of the most esteemed “hoppy beer awards” for two different beers. Impressive.

Washington’s 2020 GABF Winners

Category 2: American-Style Fruit Beer – 125 Entries
Gold: Strawberry Zwickelbier, Twin Sisters Brewing Co., Bellingham, WA

Category 12: Rye Beer – 52 Entries
Bronze: Chuckanut Rye, Chuckanut Brewery – North Nut, Bellingham, WA

Category 34: Light Lager – 85 Entries
Gold: Wander Litely, Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA
Silver: Chuckanut Chuck Lite, Chuckanut Brewery – North Nut, Bellingham, WA

Category 41: Munich-Style Helles –
Bronze: Helles, Kulshan Brewing Co. – K2, Bellingham, WA

Category 67: English-Style Brown Ale – 55 Entries
Bronze: Brown Ale, Lowercase Brewing – Production Facility, Seattle, WA

Category 75: Belgian-Style Ale or French-Style Ale – 74 Entries
Gold: First To Fall, The Good Society, Seattle, WA

Category 47: Bock – 50 Entries Gold:
Chuckanut Maibock, Chuckanut Brewery – North Nut, Bellingham, WA

Category 54: Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale – 137 Entries
Silver: Hazy L IPA, Bale Breaker Brewing Co., Yakima, WA

Category 55: American-Style Strong Pale Ale – 149 Entries
Gold: Built For Speed, Grains of Wrath Brewing, Camas, WA

Category 56: Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale – 145 Entries
Silver: Reuben’s Crush, Reuben’s Brews – The Taproom, Seattle, WA

Category 57: American-Style India Pale Ale – 355 Entries
Gold: IPA, Perry Street Brewing, Spokane, WA

Category 60: Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale – 192 Entries
Gold: The Hopsplainer, Burke-Gilman Brewing Co., Seattle, WA
Silver: Not A Scientist, Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA

Category 84: Robust Porter – 60 Entries
Bronze: Thriller Pillar Porter, Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co., Naches, WA

Category 91: Fresh Hop Beer – 58 Entries
Bronze: Fresh Hop Hazealicious, Reuben’s Brews – Production Brewery, Seattle, WA

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All 2020 GABF Winners

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Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer – 59 Entries

Gold: Whoopty Whoop Wheat, Wild Ride Brewing, Redmond, OR

Silver: Emmer, Lost Worlds Brewing, Cornelius, NC

Bronze: 10 Barrel TWheat, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. – Bend Pub, Bend, OR

 

Category 2: American-Style Fruit Beer – 125 Entries

Gold: Strawberry Zwickelbier, Twin Sisters Brewing Co., Bellingham, WA

Silver: Everything But The Seeds, 1623 Brewing Co., Eldersburg, MD

Bronze: Berry, Berry, Quite Contrary, Territorial Brewing Co., Springfield, MI

 

Category 3: Fruit Wheat Beer – 107 Entries

Gold: Liliko’i Kepolo, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO

Silver: Grandma’s Favorite Recipe, Silver Harbor Brewing Co., Saint Joseph, MI

Bronze: Afternoon Delight, Storm Peak Brewing Co., Steamboat Springs, CO

 

Category 4: Field Beer – 107 Entries

Gold: Lime Cucumber Gose, Urban South Brewery – New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Silver: Coconut Bligh’s Barleywine, Dry Dock Brewing Co.- North Dock, Aurora, CO

Bronze: No Rules, Perrin Brewing Co., Comstock Park, MI

 

Category 5: Pumpkin Beer – 51 Entries

Gold: Gordgeous, NoDa Brewing Co. – NE, Charlotte, NC

Silver: 5 Phantoms 2018, Philipsburg Brewing Co., Philipsburg, MT

Bronze: Pumpkin Patch Ale, Rogue Ales & Spirits, Newport, OR

 

Category 6: Chili Beer – 76 Entries

Gold: 325 Pineapple Chili, Hoops Brewing, Duluth, MN

Silver: Poblano Pils, Cervecería Colorado, Denver, CO

Bronze: Hatch Chile Gatos, Fate Brewing Co., Scottsdale, AZ

 

Category 7: Herb and Spice Beer – 99 Entries

Gold: Allergeez, Panther Island Brewing, Fort Worth, TX

Silver: Yerba Buena, Del Cielo Brewing Co., Martinez, CA

Bronze: Powder Run, Living the Dream Brewing Co., Littleton, CO

 

Category 8: Chocolate Beer – 53 Entries

Gold: Weapon of Mash Destruction, Main & Six Brewing Co., Jacksonville, FL

Silver: Old Balltown Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Brownie Milk

Stout, PIVO Brewery, Calmar, IA

Bronze: Von Schrag, Mother’s Brewing Co., Springfield, MO

 

Category 9: Coffee Beer – 72 Entries

Gold: Daybreak, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing – Production Operations, Columbus, OH

Silver: Golden Stout, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – Anaheim, Anaheim, CA

Bronze: BJ’s Coffee Blonde, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Reno, Reno, NV

 

Category 10: Coffee Stout or Porter – 75 Entries

Gold: Super Tonic, Docent Brewing, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Silver: The Riizzo, Riip Beer Co., Huntington Beach, CA

Bronze: Venti is Large, Hop Dogma Brewing Co., Half Moon Bay, CA

 

Category 11: Specialty Beer – 35 Entries

Gold: Coco Burrito Porter, Shoe Tree Brewing Co., Carson City, NV

Silver: Cookies & Cream Milk Stout, Waconia Brewing Co., Waconia, MN

Bronze: Cactus Warrior, Toltec Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM

 

Category 12: Rye Beer – 52 Entries

Gold: Crazy Jackass Ale, Great American Restaurants – Sweetwater Tavern, Centreville, VA

Silver: Hugzilla, Gezellig Brewing Co., Newton, IA

Bronze: Chuckanut Rye, Chuckanut Brewery – North Nut, Bellingham, WA

 

Category 13: Honey Beer – 72 Entries

Gold: Honey Please, Armadillo Ale Works, Denton, TX

Silver: Tra La La, Grimm Artisanal Ales, Brooklyn, NY

Bronze: Grid City Honey Cream Ale, Grid City Beer Works, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Category 14: Session Beer or Non-Alcohol Beer – 89 Entries

Gold: Tip the Calf, SingleSpeed Brewing, Waterloo, IA

Silver: Guillaume, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

Bronze: Straight Drank N/A IPA, Two Roots Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

 

Category 15: Session India Pale Ale – 94 Entries

Gold: Hefty Fee, Docent Brewing, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Silver: Pedal Pounder, LazyG Brewhouse, Prescott, AZ

Bronze: On Pins & Needles, Institution Ale Co., Camarillo, CA

 

Category 16: Other Strong Beer – 82 Entries

Gold: Rico, Chihuahua Cerveza, Costa Mesa, CA

Silver: Krimson King, Accomplice Beer Co., Cheyenne, WY

Bronze: Hello, Sabro!, Danville Brewing Co., Danville, CA

 

Category 17: Experimental Beer – 115 Entries

Gold: Barrel Aged Coco Piña, Coastal Empire Beer Co., Savannah, GA

Silver: Choco Tuesday, Lone Pine Brewing Co. – Gorham Tasting Room, Gorham, ME

Bronze: Get Artistic, Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Athens, GA

 

Category 18: Experimental India Pale Ale – 103 Entries

Gold: Pepper & Peaches, Claremont Craft Ales, Claremont, CA

Silver: Lazy Tiger, Lamplighter Brewing Co., Cambridge, MA

Bronze: Vladimir Brutin, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO

 

Category 19: Historical Beer – 28 Entries

Gold: Decorah Nordic Gruit, PIVO Brewery, Calmar, IA

Silver: Seedstock Gratzer, Seedstock Brewery, Denver, CO

Bronze: Fr. Bernard’s Grodziskie, New Magnolia Brewing Co., Houston, TX

 

Category 20: Gluten-Free Beer – 45 Entries

Gold: Aurochs Hazy IPA, Aurochs Brewing Co., Emsworth, PA

Silver: 1808, ALT Brew, Madison, WI

 

Category 21: American-Belgo-Style Ale – 34 Entries

Gold: Tank 7, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO

Silver: Dear You, Ratio Beerworks, Denver, CO

Bronze: Still Single, Light the Lamp Brewery, Grayslake, IL

 

Category 22: American-Style Sour Ale – 36 Entries

Gold: Vice Sans Fruit, Wild Barrel Brewing Co., San Marcos, CA

Silver: Mirage, New Terrain Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Bronze: Sour IPA, New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO

 

Category 23: Fruited American-Style Sour Ale – 180 Entries

Gold: Guava Dreams, Del Cielo Brewing Co., Martinez, CA

Silver: Peach Afternoon, Port Brewing Co. / The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA

Bronze: Summer Sun, Stereo Brewing Co., Placentia, CA

 

Category 24: Brett Beer – 48 Entries

Gold: Bottle Conditioned Day Drinker, Lost Forty Brewing, Little Rock, AR

Silver: Touch of Brett, Alesong Brewing & Blending, Eugene, OR

Bronze: Saison de Walt, Flix Brewhouse, Carmel, IN

 

Category 25: Mixed-Culture Brett Beer – 74 Entries

Gold: Wild James, Coldfire Brewing, Eugene, OR

Silver: Déluge, Sanitas Brewing Co., Boulder, CO

Bronze: Gathering Red Currants & Peaches, Grimm Artisanal Ales, Brooklyn, NY

 

Category 26: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer – 65 Entries

Gold: Afternoon Delight, Sun King Brewery – Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Silver: Amburana Graham Cracker Porter, Denver Beer Co., Denver, CO

Bronze: B.A.DUNKEL, TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room, Tustin, CA

 

Category 27: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer – 154 Entries

Gold: Amburana Dream, Denver Beer Co. – Olde Town Arvada, Arvada, CO

Silver: Bourbon B.A. Big Game, Bravery Brewing, Lancaster, CA

Bronze: Barrel-Aged Full Malted Jacket, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA

 

Category 28: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout – 199 Entries

Gold: A Night to End All Dawns, Kane Brewing Co., Ocean, NJ

Silver: Ruckus, Melvin Brewing – Thai Me Up, Jackson, WY

Bronze: Grasp of Oak, Moksa Brewing Co., Rocklin, CA

 

Category 29: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 54 Entries

Gold: Cuvee De Funk, Lone Pine Brewing Co., Portland, ME

Silver: Triad Blanc, IMBIB Custom Brews, Reno, NV

Bronze: Freedom 7, True Anomaly Brewing Co., Houston, TX

 

Category 30: Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 111 Entries

Gold: The Many Lives of Our Lives, Big aLICe Brewing Co., Long Island City, NY

Silver: Cleft, Little Fish Brewing Co., Athens, OH

Bronze: Cherry Busey, Sun King Brewery – Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

 

Category 31: Kellerbier or Zwickelbier – 71 Entries

Gold: Safety Dance, Smartmouth Brewing Co., Norfolk, VA

Silver: Royal Bohemian Pilsner, Earth Rider Brewery, Superior, WI

Bronze: TF Brewing Granary Keller Bier, Templin Family Brewing, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Category 32: Smoke Beer – 60 Entries

Gold: O’Fallon Smoked Porter, O’Fallon Brewery, Maryland Heights, MO

Silver: Holy Smokes!, Santa Maria Brewing Co., Atascadero, CA

Bronze: Buchenrauch, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, Columbus, OH

 

Category 33: American Lager – 137 Entries

Gold: Lager at World’s End, Epidemic Ales, Concord, CA

Silver: Seismic Tremor, Seismic Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA

Bronze: Lite Thinking, Pollyanna Brewing Co., Lemont, IL

 

Category 34: Light Lager – 85 Entries

Gold: Wander Litely, Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA

Silver: Chuckanut Chuck Lite, Chuckanut Brewery – North Nut, Bellingham, WA

Bronze: Pachanga, Sun King Brewery – Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

 

Category 35: American Pilsener – 120 Entries

Gold: Beachscape, Ventura Coast Brewing Co., Ventura, CA

Silver: Imagine a World with Beer Cellars Instead of 401ks, Freetail Brewing Co., San Antonio, TX

Bronze: Pilsner, Old Town Brewing, Portland, OR

 

Category 36: International Pilsener – 114 Entries

Gold: Japanese Lager, pFriem Family Brewers, Hood River, OR

Silver: Rioveza, Kern River Brewing Co. – The Backyard, Kernville, CA

Bronze: Little Wing, Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co., Chicago, IL

 

Category 37: American-Style Cream Ale – 135 Entries

Gold: Moonlite, Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN

Silver: Cerveza, True North Ale Co., Ipswich, MA

Bronze: Let’s Talk About Mex, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO

 

Category 38: American Amber Lager – 111 Entries

Gold: Volksbier Vienna, Wibby Brewing, Longmont, CO

Silver: Oktoberfest, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Bronze: Amber Lager, Skipping Rock Beer Co., Staunton, VA

 

Category 39: German-Style Pilsener – 200 Entries

Gold: Sprockets, Gravely Brewing Co., Louisville, KY

Silver: Prost Pils, Prost Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Bronze: Pils, Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO

 

Category 40: Bohemian-Style Pilsener – 137 Entries

Gold: Perle Haggard, Ex Novo Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Silver: Fortune & Glory, Precarious Beer Project – Precarious Beer Hall, Williamsburg, VA

Bronze: Tres Tres, Ocean Beach Brewery, San Diego, CA

 

Category 41: Munich-Style Helles – 131 Entries

Gold: Augenblick Light Lager, Masthead Brewing Co., Cleveland, OH

Silver: Nashville Lager, Nashville Brewing Co., Nashville, TN

Bronze: Helles, Kulshan Brewing Co. – K2, Bellingham, WA

 

Category 42: Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest – 90 Entries

Gold: CounterWeight Fest Bier, Counter Weight Brewing Co., Hamden, CT

Silver: The Prince of DORTness, Quarter Celtic Brewpub, Albuquerque, NM

Bronze: Funfest, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton, CA

 

Category 43: Vienna-Style Lager – 109 Entries

Gold: RhinO’fest, Lost Rhino Brewing Co., Ashburn, VA

Silver: Vienna Lager, East Rock Brewing Co., New Haven, CT

Bronze: Oktoberfest, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA

 

Category 44: German-Style Maerzen – 142 Entries

Gold: Amber’s Lager-Amber Lager, Irwin Brewing Co., Crested Butte, CO

Silver: White Rocktoberfest, White Rock Alehouse & Brewery, Dallas, TX

Bronze: Big Grove Oktoberfest, Big Grove Brewery, Iowa City, IA

 

Category 45: German Dark Lager – 98 Entries

Gold: Maximilian, La Reforma, Albuquerque, NM

Silver: Dozer Line, Topa Topa Brewing Co., Ventura, CA

Bronze: Umbeereon, GameCraft Brewing, Laguna Hills, CA

 

Category 46: International Dark Lager – 89 Entries

Gold: Baltic Porter, Skipping Rock Beer Co., Staunton, VA

Silver: Murder Ballads, Noble Beast Brewing Co., Cleveland, OH

Bronze: Public Enemy Baltic Porter, Dust Bowl Brewing Co., Turlock, CA

 

Category 47: Bock – 50 Entries

Gold: Chuckanut Maibock, Chuckanut Brewery – North Nut, Bellingham, WA

Silver: Maibock, NoDa Brewing Co. – NE, Charlotte, NC

Bronze: Skool House Bock, Moontown Brewing Co., Whitestown, IN

 

Category 48: German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock – 40 Entries

Gold: Agent Provocator, Clandestine Brewing, San Jose, CA

Silver: Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator, Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Farmville, NC

Bronze: Doppelbock, Lupulin Brewing, Big Lake, MN

 

Category 49: Golden or Blonde Ale – 137 Entries

Gold: Carolinian, Columbia Craft Brewing Co., Columbia, SC

Silver: Salty Crew, Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado, CA

Bronze: Sunlight Cream Ale, Sun King Brewery – Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

 

Category 50: German-Style Koelsch – 162 Entries

Gold: Kolsch, pFriem Family Brewers, Hood River, OR

Silver: Kodiak Kolsch, Bear Chase Brewing Co., Bluemont, VA

Bronze: Kolsch Money, Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, Framingham, MA

 

Category 51: English Ale – 93 Entries

Gold: Proper Beer, Proper Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT

Silver: Summer Lovin’, Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, VA

Bronze: Uncle Dave’s, Discretion Brewing, Soquel, CA

 

Category 52: International Pale Ale – 87 Entries

Gold: Locals Only, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Silver: Carlsbad Crush, Burgeon Beer Co., Carlsbad, CA

Bronze: Inner Light, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Denver, CO

 

Category 53: American-Style Pale Ale – 156 Entries

Gold: Featherweight Pale Ale, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Silver: Somewhere Golden, Institution Ale Co., Camarillo, CA

Bronze: Pantsless, Alarmist Brewing, Chicago, IL

 

Category 54: Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale – 137 Entries

Gold: Moon Haze, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Silver: Hazy L IPA, Bale Breaker Brewing Co., Yakima, WA

Bronze: Mosaic Pale Ale, Random Row Brewing Co., Charlottesville, VA

 

Category 55: American-Style Strong Pale Ale – 149 Entries

Gold: Built For Speed, Grains of Wrath Brewing, Camas, WA

Silver: Superpower IPA, Comrade Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Bronze: Mai Tai P.A., Alvarado Street Brewery & Tasting Room, Salinas, CA

 

Category 56: Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale – 145 Entries

Gold: Goofy Boots, Penrose Brewing Co., Geneva, IL

Silver: Reuben’s Crush, Reuben’s Brews – The Taproom, Seattle, WA

Bronze: Tight Quarters, Slice Beer Co., Lincoln, CA

 

Category 57: American-Style India Pale Ale – 355 Entries

Gold: IPA, Perry Street Brewing, Spokane, WA

Silver: Updrift India Pale Ale, Pelican Brewing Co. – Tillamook, Tillamook, OR

Bronze: Nothing Noble, Von Ebert Brewing – Pearl, Portland, OR

 

Category 58: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale – 377 Entries

Gold: Spellbinder, Wren House Brewing Co., Phoenix, AZ

Silver: Yojo, Moonraker Brewing Co., Auburn, CA

Bronze: Wicked Pawesome, Metazoa Brewing Co. – Stringtown Production Facility, Indianapolis, IN

 

Category 59: Imperial India Pale Ale – 166 Entries

Gold: Hammerland DIPA, El Segundo Brewing Co., El Segundo, CA

Silver: Double Cone, Alvarado Street Brewery & Tasting Room, Salinas, CA

Bronze: Freak of Nature Double IPA, Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, NC

 

Category 60: Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale – 192 Entries

Gold: The Hopsplainer, Burke-Gilman Brewing Co., Seattle, WA

Silver: Not A Scientist, Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA

Bronze: Sugar on My Tongue, Highland Park Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

 

Category 61: American-Style Amber/Red Ale – 110 Entries

Gold: Avalon Amber Ale, Bowigens Beer Co., Casselberry, FL

Silver: Justin’s Easy Going Amber, Zuni Street Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Bronze: Paulie’s Not Irish, Old Town Brewing, Portland, OR

 

Category 62: Strong Red Ale – 75 Entries

Gold: Happy Days, Claremont Craft Ales, Claremont, CA

Silver: Side Hike, Kern River Brewing Co., Kernville, CA

Bronze: Devil’s Path, El Segundo Brewing Co., El Segundo, CA

 

Category 63: English Mild or Bitter – 57 Entries

Gold: Deep Roots, Three Weavers Brewing Co., Inglewood, CA

Silver: English Pale Mild Ale, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co., Hawley, PA

Bronze: MSB (McFleshman’s Special Bitter), McFleshman’s Brewing Co., Appleton, WI

 

Category 64: Extra Special Bitter – 56 Entries

Gold: Wicket Awesome, Eureka Heights Brew Co., Houston, TX

Silver: Extra Special StormBreaker, StormBreaker Brewing, Portland, OR

Bronze: English Sporting Beer, Midwest Coast Brewing Co., Chicago, IL

 

Category 65: Scottish-Style Ale – 43 Entries

Gold: Back Country, Lewis & Clark Brewing Co., Helena, MT

Silver: It Takes a Tribe Red Ale, Goat Patch Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO

Bronze: Taildragger Clan-Destine, Saddle Mountain Brewing Co., Goodyear, AZ

 

Category 66: Irish-Style Red Ale – 78 Entries

Gold: Balefire Irish Red, Mirror Image Brewing Co., Frederick, CO

Silver: Crimson Lass, Quarter Celtic Brewpub, Albuquerque, NM

Bronze: Vixen, Old Bust Head Brewing Co., Vint Hill, VA

 

Category 67: English-Style Brown Ale – 55 Entries

Gold: Get Up Offa That Brown, Golden Road Brewing, Anaheim, CA

Silver: Bloodhound Brown Ale, Attic Brewing Co., Philadelphia, PA

Bronze: Brown Ale, Lowercase Brewing – Production Facility, Seattle, WA

 

Category 68: American-Style Brown Ale – 60 Entries

Gold: Brown Ale, Second Street Brewery, Santa Fe, NM

Silver: Wallops Island, Rocket Frog Brewing Co., Sterling, VA

Bronze: All-American Brown, Auburn Alehouse, Auburn, CA

 

Category 69: American-Style Black Ale or American-Style Stout – 69 Entries

Gold: Wookey Jack, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – The Propagator, Marina del Rey, CA

Silver: Black the Riipper, Riip Beer Co., Huntington Beach, CA

Bronze: 1979 Stout, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Mills River, Mills River, NC

 

Category 70: German-Style Sour Ale – 54 Entries

Gold: Breakside Gose, Breakside Brewery, Portland, OR

Silver: Slightly Sour, Second Chance Beer Co., San Diego, CA

Bronze: First Steps on a Sour Planet, Aeronaut Brewing Co., Somerville, MA

 

Category 71: Specialty Berliner-Style Weisse – 74 Entries

Gold: Razzle Fo Shazzle, Great Basin Brewing Co. – Reno, Reno, NV

Silver: Glitz & Glam, Eppig Brewing, Vista, CA

Bronze: Plumpricot, Beale’s, Bedford, VA

 

Category 72: Contemporary Gose – 81 Entries

Gold: Cruise to Nowhere, Town Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC

Silver: Haole Punch, Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill, Monterey, CA

Bronze: Steady As She Gose – P.O.G., Big Ugly Brewing, Chesapeake, VA

 

Category 73: German-Style Altbier – 44 Entries

Gold: Howitzer Amber, Red Leg Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO

Silver: Control ALT, Devil’s Logic Brewing, Charlotte, NC

Bronze: Altitude Alt, Altitude Chophouse & Brewery, Laramie, WY

 

Category 74: German-Style Wheat Ale – 145 Entries

Gold: Goggle Fogger Hefeweizen, Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, North Olmsted, OH

Silver: Hefeweizen, Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO

Bronze: Doc’s Dunkel, Gravely Brewing Co., Louisville, KY

 

Category 75: Belgian-Style Ale or French-Style Ale – 74 Entries

Gold: First To Fall, The Good Society, Seattle, WA

Silver: Crazy Train, Fretboard Brewing Co., Blue Ash, OH

Bronze: III Belgian Blond, Third Window Brewing Co., Santa Barbara, CA

 

Category 76: Belgian-Style Witbier – 72 Entries

Gold: White, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME

Silver: Boeman Belgian White, Ogopogo Brewing, San Gabriel, CA

Bronze: Wolk, Lock 27 Brewing, Centerville, OH

 

Category 77: Classic Saison – 80 Entries

Gold: Beyond the Gnome World, Silver Branch Brewing Co., Silver Spring, MD

Silver: Tomorrow’s Verse, Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse, Sacramento, CA

Bronze: Meadowlark, Metazoa Brewing Co. – Taproom, Indianapolis, IN

 

Category 78: Specialty Saison – 74 Entries

Gold: Farmhouse Cuvée, Alesong Brewing & Tasting Room, Eugene, OR

Silver: Seeds of Infinity, Coldfire Brewing, Eugene, OR

Bronze: Obeisance, Von Ebert Brewing – Glendoveer, Portland, OR

 

Category 79: Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale – 108 Entries

Gold: Funk Yeah, Beachwood Blendery, Long Beach, CA

Silver: Peche, Block 15 Brewing Co., Corvallis, OR

Bronze: Cerise Morte, Wicked Weed – Funk House, Arden, NC

 

Category 80: Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale – 103 Entries

Gold: Cosmic Sloth, Pinthouse Pizza – South Lamar, Austin, TX

Silver: Qualified, Taxman Brewing Co., Bargersville, IN

Bronze: Hell Camino Belgian Quad, Dos Desperados Brewery, San Diego, CA

 

Category 81: Belgian-Style Abbey Ale – 106 Entries

Gold: Dubbel or Nothing, Monkless Belgian Ales, Bend, OR

Silver: 228 Tripel, Stormcloud Brewing Co., Frankfort, MI

Bronze: Lux Mundi, Save The World Brewing Co., Marble Falls, TX

 

Category 82: Belgian-Style Specialty Ale – 47 Entries

Gold: Tangible Passion, Riip Beer Co., Huntington Beach, CA

Silver: Goin’ Stag, Cabin Boys Brewery, Tulsa, OK

Bronze: Orange Diva, StillFire Brewing, Suwanee, GA

 

Category 83: Brown Porter – 54 Entries

Gold: Brown Claw, Kern River Brewing Co., Kernville, CA

Silver: FivePine Porter, Three Creeks Brewing Co., Sisters, OR

Bronze: Old Normal, Bend Brewing Co., Bend, OR

 

Category 84: Robust Porter – 60 Entries

Gold: Tabula Rasa, Second Chance Beer Co., San Diego, CA

Silver: Porter, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Bronze: Thriller Pillar Porter, Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co., Naches, WA

 

Category 85: Stout – 72 Entries

Gold: ODIS, O’Connor Brewing Co., Norfolk, VA

Silver: Void of Light, Gun Hill Brewing Co., Bronx, NY

Bronze: Dry Stout, The Post Brewing Co., Lafayette, CO

 

Category 86: Sweet Stout or Cream Stout – 39 Entries

Gold: Moozie Milk Stout, Brink Brewing Co., Cincinnati, OH

Silver: Korova Milk Porter, Gnarly Barley Brewing Co., Hammond, LA

Bronze: Irish Prenup, Barley Naked Brewing Co., Stafford, VA

 

Category 87: Oatmeal Stout – 52 Entries

Gold: Settlers’ Oatmeal Stout, Vallensons’ Brewing Co., Pearland, TX

Silver: North Tower Stout, Earth Rider Brewery, Superior, WI

Bronze: Stagecoach Stout, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Buellton, CA

 

Category 88: Imperial Stout – 88 Entries

Gold: The Snow, Community Beer Works, Buffalo, NY

Silver: Doggin Wrench, Five Branches Brewing, Tarpon Springs, FL

Bronze: Stoutacus, Shoe Tree Brewing Co., Carson City, NV

 

Category 89: Scotch Ale – 58 Entries

Gold: No. 17 Scotch Ale, The Freehouse, Minneapolis, MN

Silver: The Bruce, Überbrew, Billings, MT

Bronze: Wee Heavy HINDER, H.H. Hinder Brewing Co., Waupaca, WI

 

Category 90: Old Ale or Strong Ale or Barley Wine-Style Ale – 91 Entries

Gold: Miss Cleo’s Barkleywine, Sanford Brewing Co., Sanford, FL

Silver: Baby Maker, Triple C Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC

Bronze: Waterline Wee Heavy, Waterline Brewing Co., Wilmington, NC

 

Category 91: Fresh Hop Beer – 58 Entries

Gold: Conelick’r, Three Creeks Brewing Co., Sisters, OR

Silver: Fresh Hop Ride the Pine, Belching Beaver Brewery – Tavern & Grill, Vista, CA

Bronze: Fresh Hop Hazealicious, Reuben’s Brews – Production Brewery, Seattle, WA

 

2020 Brewery, Brewpub and Brewer of the Year Awards

 

Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.

The Good Society, Seattle, WA

Phil Cammarano & Nick Berger

 

Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group

Monkless Belgian Ales, Bend, OR

Todd Clement & Chris Dinsdale

 

Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Ska Fabricating

The Freehouse, Minneapolis, MN

The Freehouse Team

 

Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group

Five Branches Brewing, Tarpon Springs, FL

Jerry Brown

 

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by ABS Commercial

Big aLICe Brewing Co., Long Island City, NY

Big aLICe Production Team

 

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics

Lost Forty Brewing, Little Rock, AR

Lost Forty Brewing Team

 

Brewery Group and Brewery Group Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Live Oak Bank

Three Creeks Brewing Co., Sisters, OR

Team Three Creeks

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Jolly Roger 2020 – Seattle’s most iconic winter beer finds its way into a can

Washington Beer News - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 12:55pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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It’s that time of year again. Around Seattle, it’s a sure sign that winter is coming. When Maritime Pacific Brewing releases Jolly Roger Christmas Ale, you know the cold and dark season is right around the corner. It’s a tradition. Something you can count on. Something that does not change in the ever-changing world of beer.

But hold on. This year, Jolly Roger is going to look a little bit different.

“Jolly Roger sports a solid 9.5 percent ABV and a 55 IBU, but remains, as always, an eminently drinkable holiday brew,” said the release announcement from the brewery. “For the 2020 holiday season, Maritime is releasing Jolly Roger in a brand new format. Look for the unmistakable emblem of Skull and Crossed Bones with a Santa’s Hat in the new, easy-to-carry four-packs of 16-ounce cans.”

Look for the 2020 version of Jolly Roger, sold in 16-ounce cans, at most local markets, convenience stores, bottleshops, and many local pubs. Also, look for it at select Costco locations.

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Beer Release – Three new seasonal offerings from Lucky Envelope Brewing

Washington Beer News - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:03am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Sometimes it feels like the time is standing still because of the pandemic, but in fact, the world is still turning. The seasons are changing and that means more seasonal beer releases from Lucky Envelope Brewing.

Lucky Envelope Brewing announces three new beers.

“Fresh out of hop season, Lucky Envelope Brewing is still producing delicious new additions to draft and can lineups with the return of the Vienna Lager and the new South African Juicy IPA. To savor the last rays of sunshine this October, we’ve brewed a Milkshake IPA that one-up’d the sensational Strawberry Milkshake IPA released during lock-down in April. As always, our tap list features beers covering a wide range of tastes with something guaranteed to satiate your beer cravings.”

CURRENT SEASONAL BEER OFFERINGS

Beer: South African Juicy IPA (6.3% ABV)

Availability: Currently Available on Draft, 4-Pack Cans (4x16oz – $16)

Description: The latest addition to our ENIAC IPA Series, the South African Juicy IPA is hop-loaded with Southern Passion and backed with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo Cryo. A full juice-like mouthfeel highlights the red raspberry notes of the coveted Southern Passion hops grown in South Africa.

Beer: Vienna Lager (5.1% ABV)

Availability: Currently Available on Draft, 4-Pack Cans (4x16oz – $14)

Description: Our Vienna-style Lager pays respect to the 19th-century Austrian beer which made its way to the US via a fascinating trip through Central America. Pouring a gorgeous amber-red, this highly drinkable lager greets you with notes of lightly sweet malt and toasted bread, finishing with a clean bitterness. This year, our Vienna Lager won a gold medal from Best of Craft Beer Awards in the Vienna-Style Lager category.

UPCOMING SEASONAL BEER OFFERINGS

Beer: Strazberry Milkshake IPA (6.2% ABV)

Availability: 10/23 Release Date on Draft, 4-Pack Cans (4x16oz – $18)

Description: We one-up’d our wildly popular strawberry version of this beer by blending MORE berries into this new small batch of our pillowy soft Milkshake IPA. Dive into this thick, jammy milkshake IPA that was brewed with 1lb per gallon of strawberry and raspberry purees, lactose, and vanilla.

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Beer Release – an Imperial Peanut Butter Milk Stout from Triceratops Brewing

Washington Beer News - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 9:57am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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A seasonal release from Triceratops Brewing in Tumwater, WA. Here’s the release announcement from the brewery.

Mrs. Voorhees, Triceratops Brewing’s Imperial Peanut Butter Milk Stout, Makes Its Annual Return in Time for Halloween

(Tumwater, Wash.) Oct. 15, 2020 — Triceratops Brewing, an award-winning brewery in Washington’s south sound region, is pleased to announce the return of Mrs. Voorhees, its Imperial Peanut Butter Milk Stout. Named after the murderous mother in the iconic “Friday the 13th” film series, Mrs. Voorhees has been part of the brewery’s seasonal lineup for several years now, gradually winning over beer drinkers who take pleasure in a little dread and terror.

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“‘Friday the 13th’ is a Halloween classic,” says co-owner and head brewer Rob Horn. “As a kid I used to camp at the campground where it was filmed. So when I thought about brewing a beer for the month of October, I knew I had to work in a reference to the movie series, and I knew I had to go for that quintessential candy flavor combo, salty peanut butter and sweet milk chocolate.”

Brewed with Pilsner malt from Skagit Valley Malting in Burlington, Mrs. Voorhees (8.1% ABV) arrives in time for the fall season and the single spookiest night of the year. But it’s the delicious combination of peanut butter and salted caramel that makes this Imperial Milk Stout such a treat. Meanwhile, selected specialty malts like oats, chocolate malt, and roasted barley give it depth and a rich, full body to balance the sweetness.

Quantities are limited, but Mrs. Voorhees will be available at select retailers throughout western Washington on draft and in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Consumers can also purchase this beer to-go in four-packs, 32-ounce Crowlers, and 64-ounce growlers at the Triceratops tasting room in Tumwater. Mrs. Voorhees T-shirts will be available at the brewery while supplies last.

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