Georgetown Brewing is Large Brewer of the Year, Métier Brewing is a Rising Star, Schilling Cider is Beyond Brewing
Large Brewer of the Year
I should have seen this coming. Recently, Brewbound, the leading source for comprehensive beer industry news, recently published a story about Georgetown Brewing. Jessica Infante, the managing editor at Brewbound, wrote a great article. Very flattering, and very complimentary, the article was factual and rich in the kind of praise that beer lovers in the PNW know Georgetown Brewing deserves. (Picture above, the Georgetown crew from Instagram.)
Brewbound just named Georgetown Brewing its Large Brewer of the Year. When I say, “I should have seen this coming,” that’s because national publications like Brewbound rarely show so much love for breweries up here in the far left corner of the country. I get it. It’s easy to forget about us. When I saw Jessica’s article a couple weeks ago, I kind of figured something was up.
Anyway, as we all know, Georgetown Brewing deserves this kind of recognition. I am just glad that the brewery is getting some recognition on the national stage.
“Georgetown’s draft-first focus was challenged during the COVID-19 pandemic, as bars and restaurants shuttered,” said the announcement on Brewbound.com. “This led to an -8% decline in production in 2020. In a fortuitous move, the Seattle-headquartered craft brewery added a canning line in 2017 that helped support its off-premise shift in 2020.”
“In 2021, Georgetown bounced back in a big way, reaching its highest volume output ever at more than 108,000 barrels. That made Georgetown the 25th largest Brewers Association-defined craft brewery by volume.”
Métier Brewing a Rising Star
Brewbound also named Métier Brewing one of its Rising Stars of 2022. Although it did not go into details about the particular breweries it named Rising Stars, Brewbound did say this about the 2022 class of Rising Stars:
“The challenges facing the beer category in 2022 were unrelenting, but Brewbound’s Award Winners and class of Rising Stars were standouts for not just business performance but the way they helped their teams, their communities and the overall industry,” said Brewbound editor Justin Kendall. “We are thrilled to honor this year’s Award Winners and Rising Stars.”
Schilling Cider – Beyond Brewing
I should also note that Brewbound named Seattle’s Schilling Cider as its Beyond Brewing Company of the Year.
The announcement said, “Schilling Hard Cider is focused on creating a people-first organization and establishing a strong internal culture. But the Seattle, Washington-headquartered cidery has posted wins in the off-premise channel in recent years. In the hard cider segment, Schilling is the No. 4 brand family and within striking distance of No. 3. The company also ranks No.1 in terms of incremental dollars gained compared to a year ago, according to NielsenIQ data shared by Bump Williams Consulting.”
Congratulations to Georgetown Brewing, Métier Brewing, and Schilling Cider!