Washington’s breweries win 19 medals at this year’s GABF



The Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver each autumn, is not only about sampling quality beer but it is also a beer competition. Breweries enter their beers to be judged by the festival’s professional judging panel. We are talking about thousands of beers, from thousands of breweries across the nation, that were entered into nearly 100 different style categories. In all, Washington breweries earned 19 medals this year.

A medal from the GABF is perhaps the most-coveted award in the beer world. You can see the complete results here (pdf), but below I share the list of Washington breweries that won medals at the 2022 GABF. I included the category for each award, as well as the number of beers that were entered in that category.

Particularly impressive, Washington breweries won two of three medals in three different categories. On top of that, two Bellingham breweries won medals in one of those categories. And speaking of Bellingham, breweries in that city won a total of four medals.


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Category 4: Field Beer – 80 Entries
Bronze: Rachelle, Fair Isle Brewing, Seattle, WA

Category 5: Pumpkin Beer – 77 Entries
Gold: Night Owl, Elysian Brewing Co., Seattle, WA


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Category 9: Coffee Beer – 84 Entries
Bronze: Gusto Crema Coffee Ale, Georgetown Brewing Co., Seattle, WA

Category 15: Session Beer or Belgian-Style Table Beer – 84 Entries
Bronze: First To Fall, The Good Society, Seattle, WA


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Category 22: Gluten-Free Beer – 49 Entries
Bronze: Gosefish Hibiscus-Cranberry Gose, Ghostfish Brewing Co., Seattle, WA

Category 35: Light Lager – 143 Entries
Gold: Chuckanut Chuck Light, Chuckanut Brewery, Burlington, WA
Bronze: Wrath Premium American Lager, Grains of Wrath Brewing, Camas, WA

Category 51: German Dark Lager – 146 Entries
Bronze: Schwarzbier, Rainy Daze Brewing Co., Poulsbo, WA

Category 55: Golden or Blonde Ale – 159 Entries
Silver: Blonde Ale, Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Bellingham, WA

Category 61: Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale – 132 Entries
Silver: Alpenhaze, Icicle Brewing Co. – Production, Leavenworth, WA

Category 74: English-Style Brown Ale – 61 Entries
Bronze: Brown Ale, Lowercase Brewing, Seattle, WA

Category 77: German Sour Ale – 33 Entries
Gold: Gose, Kulshan Brewing Co. – Trackside, Bellingham, WA
Silver: Champagne Toast, Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA

Category 80: German-Style Altbier – 44 Entries
Gold: Lithium, Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria, Bellevue, WA

Category 90: Brown Porter – 56 Entries
Gold: Transporter, Kulshan Brewing Co., Bellingham, WA

Category 86: Belgian-Style Sour Ale – 50 Entries
Silver: Foxy Lady, Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, WA

Category 97: Old Ale or Strong Ale or Barley Wine – 70 Entries
Gold: Three Ryes Men, Reuben’s Brews – Production Brewery, Seattle, WA

Category 98: Fresh Hop Beer – 82 Entries
Gold: Mistadobalina, Perry Street Brewing, Spokane, WA
Silver: Hyperion, Varietal Beer Co., Sunnyside, WA

See the list of all GABF winners in all categories here, in pdf format



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