Washington’s breweries won some impressive hardware at the NABA this year. In all, they brought 23 medals back from the competition (listed below). Washington’s medal haul was down a bit from last year, when our brewers brought home 27 medals, but it is still a damn impressive showing.
This was the 17th year that the North American Brewers Association sanctioned the North American Beer Awards (NABA). The event takes place in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Festival held each spring in Idaho Falls, ID. The competition provides an opportunity for commercially produced beers to be judged against the best beers in the country. Judging panels are made up of brewers, certified judges, and other qualified beer professionals. The competition is conducted as a single blind sampling followed by rank ordering of the entries within a category. This year the judges evaluated more than 1,400 beers submitted in 82 different categories.
Here are some Washington highlights:
Chuckanut Brewery brought home five medals. At this point, nobody should be surprised. They attract medals like, well, a magnet.
Reuben’s Brews brought home two medals. Not bad for a brewery that is less than one year old. Congrats to Adam Robbings and his crew at Reuben’s. Get used to it. Your beers are awesome.
Black Raven brought home two medals in one category: American-Style Wild or Sour Ale. Show offs. Personally, I am especially happy to hear that the Tri Berry Pie brought home a gold medal. When I tasted that beer, I almost fainted it was so good.
In all, 12 different breweries brought home medals: Boundary Bay Brewing, Black Raven Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery, Flyers Brewery, Ice Harbor Brewing, Icicle Brewing, RAM Tacoma, RAM Seattle, Reuben’s Brews, Silver City, Sound Brewery, and Valholl Brewing.
The complete results can be found here (pdf). Here are the Washington winners listed by category.
Gold Medal: Chuckanut Helles, Chuckanut Brewery
Silver Medal: Medal: Chuckanut Vienna Lager, Chuckanut Brewery
Silver Medal: Chuckanut Dunkel, Chuckanut Brewery
Golden or Blonde Ale
Gold Medal:Chuckanut Golden Ale Chuckanut Brewery
Gold Medal: Chuckanut Alt, Chuckanut Brewery
English-Style Mild Ale
Silver Medal: Barnstormer Brown Ale, Flyers Restaurant and Brewery
Bronze Medal: Total Disorder Porter, RAM Restaurant and Brewery-Seattle
Robust Porter or Baltic-Style Porter
Bronze Medal: Priebe Porter, Icicle Brewing Company Leavenworth, WA,
Silver Medal: Dry Stout Reuben’s Brews
Gold Medal: Ice Harbor Sternwheeler Stout, Ice Harbor Brewing
Silver Medal: Imperial Stout, Silver City Brewery
Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy)
Silver Medal: Fat Scotch Ale, Silver City Brewery
Belgian-Style Wit (White)
Bronze Medal: Barefoot Wit RAM Restaurant and Brewery-Tacoma
Kristall Weizen or Berliner-Style Weisse
Bronze Medal: Sommerweizen Sound Brewery
Gold Medal: Beautimus Silver City Brewery
Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Bronze Medal: Belgian Pale Ale, Reuben’s Brews
Silver Medal: Lady Wood RAM Restaurant and Brewery-Seattle
Biere de Garde
Gold Medal: Lifeguard, Icicle Brewing Company
Silver Medal: Tripel Boundary Bay Brewery
Belgian-Style Pale(Golden) Strong Ale
Bronze Medal: Poulsbo Abbey Golden Strong Ale, Valholl Brewing Company
Other Belgian-Style Ales
Bronze Medal: Monk’s Indiscretion Sound Brewery
American-Style Wild or Sour Ale
Gold Medal: Tri Berry Pie, Black Raven Brewing Company
Bronze Medal: Corvus Kriekus, Black Raven Brewing Company